Wildlife Removal Experts Explain How To Identify Animal Burrows

Jan 7, 2018

When animals have made a home inside your yard, your family and your property may be at risk. It’s important you identify the signs of a problem before the animal further intrudes into your private space. As specialists in the San Antonio wildlife removal marketplace, our team has helped many families identify and remove pest problems and so in this post we’ll explain how you can identify animal burrows around your home.

a ground squirrel emerging from a burrow outside in san antonio texas

First Check If It’s Actually A Burrow

Animals like to dig in yard areas to find and bury food. Squirrels, for example, might be digging up holes in your backyard, giving the impression of numerous burrows in one area. But most burrowing animals only leave one burrow in a certain location and so the presence of numerous piles of dirt and soil indicates animals are simply digging in the area.

Is There Loose Dirt Close To The Hole?

Loose dirt close to a hole in the ground is indicative of a burrowing animal – usually a rat or a woodchuck. Other animals, such as chipmunks and squirrels may clear the dirt and try to hide their burrows in the ground.

Are Their Mounds Of Dirt?

Mounds of dirt signify the animal burrow belongs to a mole, a prairie dog or a gopher. Moles will leave conically shaped mounds whereas gophers and prairie dogs will likely leave looser mounds of soil in the yard space.

What Is The Location Of The Burrow?

The type of burrow can also be identified from its location in the yard. For example, pocket gophers will usually burrow close to vegetation and chipmunks will burrow near rock gardens and under shrubs.

By identifying the type of burrow in your yard, you can then gain a better understanding on the pest removal steps required for your home. To learn more on animal burrowing styles, speak with our expert team today.


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