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12/04/2013 at 17:16

A small deep hole about 7cm across has appeared in the soil in my garden. There is no evidence of a mole so I'm wondering what has been burying under the earth.  Has anyone any ideas?

12/04/2013 at 17:29
Might be a rat I'm afraid.
12/04/2013 at 17:30

Rat does seem te most likely.

12/04/2013 at 18:17
Or mouse?
12/04/2013 at 18:28
Big hole for a mouse.
12/04/2013 at 18:32

Hope it's no a hippopotamus.

12/04/2013 at 18:34
Hippopotamouse?
12/04/2013 at 18:38
Or heffalump
12/04/2013 at 19:17

Monty Don?

12/04/2013 at 19:25
Well, mythical creatures are probably not the culprits! I have intermittent problems with rats, but living in a semi rural area, I've got quite pragmatic about it.
Do you feed birds by any chance? The reason that I'm asking is that spilled bird food can attract rats as an easy source of food.
12/04/2013 at 19:26

I fear it is a rat; one year my beetroot did not grow; the neighbours who were watering the garden when I was away working reckoned that it was a rat; same size hole and beetroot apparently do not like the movement of the earth involved with underground rat runs. Near the bird feeders the same sized holes appeared and I'm afraid that I resort to rat poison about once a year - this is where flowers are grown, not veg.

12/04/2013 at 19:53

How about a Bee,   I  get those sort of holes every now and then and some of them are right near the patio door so I guess a rat wouldn't dig a hole so close to a human,  a solitary Masonry Bee might be the culprit.

12/04/2013 at 20:01
Big bee.
12/04/2013 at 20:09

I think a mole.

I've seen several holes around the edge of the my lawn  and thanks to a determined effort with a 'fence' of moth balls, not in the lawn. .

Noticed pots and containers looking wonky and digging around a bit could see that the soil was finely friable. i think it lives under the shed - that's the direction the trail takes, so I let it be. 

 

12/04/2013 at 21:49
Hands up......it was me
12/04/2013 at 22:07

What were you looking for Verdun?

12/04/2013 at 22:25

His coat artjak...

13/04/2013 at 15:17

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think you may be right about a rat.I do feed the birds and was thinking of putting some dog food out for a hedgehog we found in the compost heap, not a good idea now.

13/04/2013 at 15:23

Daisy I hope it isn't a rat but might be wise not to put anything out for hedgehog in the meantime  Putting out too much bird food or doing it too late can be an issue but I have friends who had a problem with a 'ratrun' through their property which was caused by work being done nearby in woodland which displaced the rats into the gardens. It affected several properties and they had to get the council in to organise traps etc. Is it worth checking with neighbours just in case?

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