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Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? #6646450
10/22/19 09:44 PM
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More and more lawns in our area are starting to get ripped up because of grubs. I know that crows will pick at lawns, but some are damaged way beyond that.

Anyway to consistently tell if it's a skunk or raccoon doing the digging?

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6646466
10/22/19 10:12 PM
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Skunks digging grubs

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6646598
10/23/19 05:44 AM
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Here its a combination of coons and skunks but squirrels diggings can look awful similar to the untrained eye.

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6646637
10/23/19 06:44 AM
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A couple of thoughts:
1. There is a fair amount of overlap between skunk and raccoon grubbing damage. Some damage by raccoon becomes obvious due to the size of the animal needed to exact the damage. For example, larger strips of sod that have been rolled. Light damage is trickier to read, and is perhaps indistinguishable.
2. I ask the customer if they have noticed any recent skunk odor. If not, and if there are no other clues in the yard, then I set raccoon traps and risk catching a skunk in a box trap. Or set skunk and raccoon traps.
3. Walk the yard for other clues. Raccoon and skunk scat is easy to distinguish. If the yard is fenced, identify entry points through/under/over the fence and look for evidence (hairs caught along bottom of fence, claw/mud marks up and over the fence, etc.). Iíve even walked a yard and found where something dug under a chain-linked fence, and in looking close I picked up on an ever so slight skunk odor left on/under the fence. The customer didnít know!


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Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6646682
10/23/19 07:52 AM
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Skunks will dig triangles and rarely roll the sod up. Almost like squirrels burying nuts.

Raccoons will use their thumbs and "hands" to roll and peel the sod back.

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6647051
10/23/19 03:33 PM
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Typicaly this is what I find for skunk damage.
As said coon damage will be large areas of turf rolled or folded over.

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Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6647146
10/23/19 05:51 PM
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Thanks for posting the pics. As a new guy these are helpful!

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: Urbancoon] #6647409
10/24/19 01:52 AM
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Thanks again for the info. Will examine some damaged areas to see if I can find scat or other sign.

Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: badger] #6666378
11/15/19 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by badger
Skunks will dig triangles and rarely roll the sod up. Almost like squirrels burying nuts.

Raccoons will use their thumbs and "hands" to roll and peel the sod back.


Correct.

Skunks will make triangles or cone shaped holes.
Coons will pull the sod or 'rake' it clean over a larger area.


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Re: Grubs & Turf Damage: Raccoon or Skunk? [Re: badger] #6668585
11/17/19 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by badger
Skunks will dig triangles and rarely roll the sod up. Almost like squirrels burying nuts.

Raccoons will use their thumbs and "hands" to roll and peel the sod back.


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