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What animals make holes or burrows around the property, especially near trees or structures?

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Understanding Animal Holes and Burrows

Welcome to Wildlife Control Pros! Prepare to unravel the mystery of creatures that craft intriguing holes and burrows around your Northwest Michigan property, especially near trees and structures. We're thrilled to offer you comprehensive insights, lesser-known facts, and essential knowledge about potential impacts on your family and cherished pets.

Introducing the Architects of Earthworks: Meet the skilled excavators that shape the landscape around your property:

  • Moles: Moles are subterranean mammals known for their efficient tunneling and digging abilities, often causing damage to lawns and gardens.

  • Groundhogs/Woodchucks: Master burrowers, these creatures create elaborate underground homes with multiple chambers.

  • Foxes: Agile diggers, foxes might dig shallow holes for denning, hiding food, or shelter.

  • Skunks: Nocturnal foragers that dig cone-shaped holes while searching for insects and grubs.

Engaging Hidden Trivia: Did you know?

  • Moles: Some moles have a unique adaptation known as the "star-nosed" mole, which has a specialized nose with 22 pink, fleshy tentacles used to detect vibrations and locate prey underwater or in damp soil.

  • Groundhogs/Woodchucks: Their burrows can extend several feet deep and often include separate chambers for various activities.

  • Foxes: They are known for creating multiple dens, sometimes utilizing abandoned burrows of other animals.

  • Skunks: Equipped with specialized front claws, they're efficient diggers and soil excavators.

Seasonal Patterns of Earthly Activity: Understanding when these ground-shapers are most active provides valuable context:

  • Moles: Moles tend to dig more frequently during the spring and fall months in Northwest Michigan, as they search for food and establish their underground networks.

  • Groundhogs/Woodchucks: They dig extensively during spring and early summer, aligning with mating and foraging.

  • Foxes: Their digging may be more noticeable during breeding and raising young, typically in spring and early summer.

  • Skunks: Active year-round, their digging may intensify in warmer months as they seek out insects and grubs.

Evaluating Potential Risks: Becoming familiar with potential hazards is crucial for safeguarding your family and pets:

  • Moles: Moles can create unsightly and disruptive tunnels in lawns and gardens as they search for insects and grubs, leading to surface ridges and damage to the landscape on your property.

  • Groundhogs/Woodchucks: Their burrows can damage landscaping, weaken foundations, and create tripping hazards.

  • Foxes: While generally avoiding human interaction, foxes can carry diseases that pose risks to pets and humans.

  • Skunks: While not aggressive, skunks can spray a potent odor when threatened, leaving a lingering olfactory experience.

Our Holistic Approach to Harmony: At Wildlife Control Pros, we're dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions:

  1. Detailed Assessment: We evaluate your property to understand the extent of the burrowing and the animals involved.

  2. Safe Removal: Our team employs humane methods to address the situation and remove animals if necessary.

  3. Exclusion Techniques: We implement measures to deter future burrow formations and disturbances.

  4. Restoration and Coexistence: We guide you in restoring affected areas and fostering a balanced coexistence.

Promoting a Balanced Landscape: Our focus is on achieving lasting harmony:

  • Protective Measures: Fencing and deterrents can discourage burrow formations and reduce potential risks.

  • Educated Coexistence: Understanding the behaviors of these animals and adapting practices can minimize conflicts.

Taking Charge of Your Property's Harmony: If your Northwest Michigan property features captivating holes and burrows, reach out to us at (231) 299-0929 or We're here to restore tranquility, ensure safety for your family and pets, and help your landscape thrive in balance.

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