How do you find out what kind of critter is digging up holes in the backyard lawn? I get holes in the ground, and it results in small piles of dirt here & there

by W L

Many holes/tunnels dug are located along edges of concrete sidewalks.

I reach down, sometimes see holes revealed, other times I pull aside the dirt pile but can't find a trace of an actual hole in the ground that leads underground.

I live in Castro Valley, which long ago was full of orchards, live a couple miles away from a creek. Maybe every 6+ months, I'll spot a deer or two. Rarely I'll find a possum or raccoon, most of the time I'll see birds, cats, dogs, squirrels. Holes look too big for birds to be digging f/worms/insects, fence/gates are too high for most dogs to get over into the backyard. Cats can get by but I can't picture them making so many holes. I'm guessing gophers, since I do sometimes find holes leading underground.

Note: They don't seem to fear the GrassSeed, WeedNFeed, Ortho poison on the lawns. Maybe those poisons/fertilizers never penetrate that low into the ground so as to bother/harm underground burrowers?

How do I find the culprits & get rid of them f/good?

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Manage My Life
We all like critters, we just don't like them destroying our yards and gardens. I found a couple of web sites that may prove useful. One for identification of your critters and the second has advise for what to do about it. Hope it helps!
by Manage My Life
July 22nd, 2010
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