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Old 11-17-2016, 01:56 AM   #1
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Lawn has been getting chewed up. I hear skunks and raccoons are the culprits, searching for the chafer beetle.
Tonight I was grabbing a beer from the bar fridge on the patio and I spotted a large skunk in the back yard, digging up my sod.
So, I covered the entire area with dryer sheets.
I've read on the internet that they don't like the smell.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:06 AM   #2
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Sprinkle some Critter Ridder around the yard once every 30 days, maybe more frequently if it rains a lot. Skunks, raccoons etc won't come back.
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2 birds with one stone. Park the trailer in the middle of it and no mouse worries.
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:42 AM   #4
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Sprinkle some Critter Ridder around the yard once every 30 days, maybe more frequently if it rains a lot. Skunks, raccoons etc won't come back.
It never rains in Vancouver, well not every day!
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:42 AM   #5
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Hi: Jim Bennett... Only rains on days ending in"Y". I use powdered laundry detergent. Was better when it had the phosphate part of fertilizer in it. My son said the neighbours would think it funny when the lawn started to foam up!!! The skunks and raccoons provide free service as I never pay to aerate my lawn Alf
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Crows are the culprits for our yard. They've really chewed it up, but since we don't have a nifty yard, we're not too concerned about it. And, according to one article I read, it's actually good that they're doing this as the grubs can eat away at the roots of your grass and destroy your yard that way.
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Talk to Doug at the rally with his on going saga of the chafer beetle.... It has been quite the saga!!
We only have a very small patch this year. and he thinks he got most of the larvae there...
It is an on going battle...
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:22 PM   #8
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Hi Glenn
In the north central USA we have the Northern masked chafer, better known as June Bugs. They fly around in late spring mate, lay eggs in the grass and die. The eggs hatch and burrow into the soil where they develop into grubs that eat grass roots and in turn are eaten by skunks and coons.
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1. Kill the eggs with an application of granular grub control in June or so
2 kill the grubs with an application of Dylox
3. Catch and relocate the skunks and coons with live traps
4 Rake out and overseed
5. Do nothing, go camping, have a crappy yard smile at your neighbors.
Live trap. For skunks from The Snare Shop in Litterdale Iowa Tube Trap style
For Coons Cage type trap, havahart etc.
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Yup. I've researched the chafer and controls on the District of North Vancouver website. Illegal to use chemicals and natural controls don't work at all until mid-July, so there is nothing to do, other than put the sod back as best I can. Doing nothing suits me.
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Hi Glenn
In the north central USA we have the Northern masked chafer, better known as June Bugs. They fly around in late spring mate, lay eggs in the grass and die. The eggs hatch and burrow into the soil where they develop into grubs that eat grass roots and in turn are eaten by skunks and coons.
Controls
1. Kill the eggs with an application of granular grub control in June or so
2 kill the grubs with an application of Dylox
3. Catch and relocate the skunks and coons with live traps
4 Rake out and overseed
5. Do nothing, go camping, have a crappy yard smile at your neighbors.
Live trap. For skunks from The Snare Shop in Litterdale Iowa Tube Trap style
For Coons Cage type trap, havahart etc.
Iowa ( the skunk boy of Lincoln Elementary School) Dave
Hi: Iowa Dave... Up here in the "Great White North" all we can do is sit on a beer case and sip Molson's to a munchie tune. I get my DW to pick up the largest size of laundry detergent available and pour it on with my spreader. The grubs can't digest the detergent so they die!!! I request plain stuff but the last time she got Lemon scent. Nice southern smell!!! Alf
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