The Q&A Archives: Squirrel Holes

Question: I have noticed several 1-2 inch in diameter holes among the pine straw near the house and in other landscaped areas around the yard. I have not found any such holes in the yard itself. These holes first arrived in late fall and have grown in number as the winter has progressed. I know that squirrels dig in my container gardens and window boxes- they are so bold as to do it in front of me- could they also be the culprit for these suspect holes? If so, any ideas for getting rid of them? Will they stop in the summer?

Answer: The culprits could be squirrels, but it may also be chipmunks (which are technically ground squirrels), or mice. Chipmunks and mice live in holes in walls and the ground, and squirrels live in trees for the most part. It's impossible to eradicate these animals from an area, because there will always be more to take their place. To prevent digging, which I'm sure will continue, because they are such persistent visitors, place hardware cloth or chicken wire over the soil in your containers and windowboxes. They'll get frustrated when they come up against the barrier, and try elsewhere. Best of luck!

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