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I am in central NC where hybrid bermuda grass is beginning to come to life. Twice in the past week I have walked out to get the morning paper and seen 20-40 holes in the turf (see pic below).

What is this (I don't see typical 'mole tunnels'). I also sometimes see a number of crows picking at something in the yard. So I assume that the basic problem here is that both the crows and whatever made the holes are eating something in the soil - so maybe that is what I need to go after here.

Thoughts on how to proceed? Thanks.

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Mole crickets?
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If the hole openings are nickel to quarter size in diameter, located on the perimeter of the lawn, and no entrance webbing, they might be wolf spider holes. I start to see several of them this time of year.

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Thanks for the comments. The holes are more like quarter+ sized and not particularly associated with the perimeter of the yard. And no entrance webbing that I have seen, although I just mowed the yard so kind of nuked the holes (which are very unsightly).

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pennstater2005 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:43 am
Mole crickets?
I found a 'test' for Mole Crickets - a bucket of soapy water dumped on a small section of your yard. Then wait a few minutes for them to come out (done at dawn or dusk). I tried that and didn't see anything like that.

But I learned about Mole Crickets which I had never heard of.

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Are you near a creek? Crawdad burrow?

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dicko1 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:39 pm
Are you near a creek? Crawdad burrow?
I am at a very high point in 'the burbs' (although there are no large cities anywhere near me). So there is nothing even close to that within a half mile.

FWIW, I have seen this on occasion before. This time just happened to be the most unsightly example. It is also the earliest in the season that I recall this happening.

Thanks - had there been a creek nearby, I can see that happening.

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The few times I've seen nickel-sized holes in my yard it was from cicada killer wasps. But there would only be one or two holes, not dozens. I don't know if enough of them would occupy the same yard to dig that many holes.

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I have some holes like this occasionally and I could swear Ive seen chipmunks dive into them before.

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Looks like my chipmunk holes

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Been about a week with no more activity. Then about 30'ish holes showed up last night. I can imagine them being chipmunk holes, although I have never seen one in my yard in the 20 years that I have been here.

This may be a 'put up with it' thing. Just not sure what to do here, Hard to tell if this is going to result in long term damage or not.

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Whatever they are, they’re helping you aerate your lawn! :D

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