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Old 10-18-2015, 12:50 PM   #1
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Is this a rodent?


Hello, new member here. Came on to see if anyone has any answers or suggestions.

Earlier this year I had about 18 yards of river rock put in around the house and planted various bushes, etc. We are in northern ohio and it is starting to get colder out.

I have randomly seen piles of dirt around the yard, but never like this. There are fairly large piles of fresh soil on top of the landscaping stone. The only thing I can think is something dug... but there's no visible hole. Any ideas?

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Old 10-18-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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How big are the dirt piles, can you add a pic of them? Down here squirrels bury nuts and tamp so it's hard to see a hole but there are small mounds of dirt around their planting sites (easy to tell it was them when they bury in the grass and they never put that back lol).
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How big are the dirt piles, can you add a pic of them? Down here squirrels bury nuts and tamp so it's hard to see a hole but there are small mounds of dirt around their planting sites (easy to tell it was them when they bury in the grass and they never put that back lol).
Will try to post a few.. was having trouble earlier.

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The mounds look very much like they were made by a Gopher.
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The mounds look very much like they were made by a Gopher.
I thought of that as a possibility, but most photos I could find of gopher holes showed almost a "U" shaped pile with a noticeable center "plug".

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They can look just like your photos.

Maybe a mole.
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So pretty much confirms it's what I thought.. some sort of rodent. Any ideas on how to proceed with getting rid of it?

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Bait or a trap.
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I thought of that as a possibility, but most photos I could find of gopher holes showed almost a "U" shaped pile with a noticeable center "plug".

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The U shape with plug is common but as mentioned those can be absent.

I've trapped my share and my cats have had a good portion over the years but they persist.

I have never felt I needed to resort to the Caddy Shack method.
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