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Jun 28, 2016 4:51 AM CST
for the last 5 years, a small hole 1.5 inches across appear in the same place every year in almost in the exact middle of my lawn.

I never see what is causing this. rat poison is not effective, rat traps don't work. on some occasions it appears to cover the hole with fresh earth. i have dug down 2 foot where the hole then shoots off in one direction. the hole was filled with rat poison where i have returned to see it has been tossed out! i have now fill it in and place a concrete slab over - it has now appeared to one side of the slab! after 2 weeks the hole has now been camouflaged with broken earth

We live next to a farmed crop field we have a very small problem with a mole on the odd occassion

any help in identifying what this is would be fanastic
Name: Sue
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Jun 28, 2016 5:02 AM CST
Welcome! If you're in north-eastern North America my guess would be either chipmunks or voles. You could try a humane live trap baited with peanut butter on a cracker near the hole. Possible culprits may be different if you live elsewhere.
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Name: Robyn
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Jun 28, 2016 8:17 AM CST
Name: Sharon Rose
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Jun 28, 2016 9:11 AM CST
A mole? Do you have mole runs near the opening? Mole runs are 4 to 6 inches wide of disturbed slightly raised earth. Their length can be a foot long to many feet. When you step on them the ground goes back to normal. If you have moles you will have voles,too. Voles use the mole runs.
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Jun 29, 2016 6:29 PM CST
Is whatever is creating the hole causing damage to anything? Unless you think it might be a poisonous snake of some kind, I personally wouldn't worry about it unless some desirable plant(s) are being eaten. (I'd rather have that small hole - and the critter - in my yard than a cement slab... Shrug! )
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Name: Lynn
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Jun 29, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Or gophers?

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