Racoons pulling up new sod - Knowledgebase Question

Kirkland, Wa
Question by joyboone
August 23, 2009
There is a racoon that comes into by fully fenced back yard every night and pulls up several large areas of new sod. I pieced the sod in about 6 weeks ago. The raccon pulls the same area apart by rolling back the sod. I have a beautiful yard and am at a loss on what to do. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
August 23, 2009

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The raccoon is looking for grubs under the turf. Perhaps there are some or he/she found some during an earlier visit. You can check for grubs by cutting a square foot of turf out, pulling it up and looking on the soil surface and on the roots for fat, white grubs. Populations between 10 and 15 per square foot can cause significant turf damage in September and October and can attract raccoons in August. Of course, populations occasionally reach 40 to 60 grubs per square foot and these levels can cause significant damage. If you find grubs you can treat your lawn with a product like Grubex or Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control granules, applied according to label directions. Hope this information helps.

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