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qhwang
Chipmunks moles or gophers ?
qhwang

I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I used to have chipmunks problem of my yard. I saw chipmunks occasionally on my yard and found holes close to trees and storage. After the snow was completely melting in mid March, I found at least 10 strange open tunnels on my yard. Each one is about 2'-6' long, 1"-2" wide and about 2"-3" deep, and they in curve like guts. See the attached picture. The soil under the grass expose to the air in those grooves. There were very heavy snow falls in Feb. Were those grooves digged by a hungry animals or pests under the snow? In warm days I can see squirrels or chipmunks on yard. I didn't see any foot print on the snow and all those grooves are only in one area about 150 sft. Is it possible cut by the ice? With the deep snow on top for a long time the ice may generate on bottom. I hope besides chipmunks problem, I don't have to face the new problem anymore!

meppizza
Re: Chipmunks moles or gophers ?
meppizza

Check the internet for information on voles. It sounds like you are experiencing their winter habits.

qhwang
Re: Chipmunks moles or gophers ?
qhwang

I checked internet. It's pretty much like a vole problem. I didn't see mounds, so moles and gophers were excluded. But why can't be a chipmunk? I saw them on my yard last year. Maybe I'm incorrect, voles are usually in countryside, but I live in suburbs.

meppizza
Re: Chipmunks moles or gophers ?
meppizza

Like all animals that have their habitat disturbed by humans, voles simply have adapted to city life. I am in the middle of a suburb and have a woodchuck living 30 feet from my back door. Not to mention the raccoons, possum, deer we see regularly.

qhwang
Re: Chipmunks moles or gophers ?
qhwang

Yesterday when I checked my seeded bare spot I found the ground waving up and down and gradually moving forward. Worms were coming out from the cracks of the wave. I thought that must be a vole digging the tunnel. I waited there patiently to see that critter. It almost showed up when the wave was up and cracking, but I still could not see it. I didn't know what to do but decided to buy a Havahart trap and a solar powered gopher repeller the next day. A interesting experience.

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