What the heck is in my yard making holes the size of a 20c piece?

Mia80 18 January 2011 19

Last night I discovered my dog franticly digging a hole in my backyard. It was dark, so I told him off, brought him inside and left it.

Today I investigated my new crater, to find a small tunnel in the wall of it.

The opening is about the size of a twenty cent piece.

What could make a hole like that? Is it nasty and how do I get rid of it?

I don’t want to loose my overly curious dog, to his stoopid curiosity.


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19 Responses to What the heck is in my yard making holes the size of a 20c piece?
Mia80 Mia80 5:23 pm 16 Feb 11

Thanks for all the input…

Rats/mice wouldn’t surprise me (we have chickens – who make surprisingly good mousers themselves)

The holes are too large for wolf spiders (we have a couple of those and know their regular haunts)

We also have a few mole crickets. We’ve seen them getting around at night, and wondered what these truly fugly bugs were. So thanks for the education, sesmiaggi.

Nobody came up with anything that terrifies me, so thanks for putting my mind to rest.

Thumper Thumper 6:39 pm 29 Jan 11

Wolf spider.

or piskies…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:28 pm 29 Jan 11

maniac said :

I’ve seen Dune – might be an immature sandworm.

Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm.
(But if you walk without rhythm, you’ll never learn…)

luther_bendross luther_bendross 12:48 pm 29 Jan 11

Ze Germans.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 11:24 am 29 Jan 11

Best written and most intruiging subject heading so far in all of ’11… (IMHO)

Filipio Filipio 1:02 am 29 Jan 11

One possibility is a large beetle from the scarab family. I found a kind of Rhinoceros beetle in my son’s sandpit recently, in a tunnel about the size mentioned. A ways down, had to dig for it…

They are not uncommon especially if you use mulch.

These particular beetles (Xylotrupes species) ‘squeak’ quite loudly when they feel threatened, which might explain your dog’s interest Mia80. All bluff, they are totally harmless (the sound is actually their wing covers being rubbed on their abdomen).

Have a close look at the hole/tunnel. If there are no signs of threads, it is unlikely to be a spider.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 11:26 am 18 Jan 11

It’s Hobbits’es

sesmiaggi sesmiaggi 11:23 am 18 Jan 11

If you hear the sound of crickets in the early evening, more than likely you have Mole Crickets.


georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 11:18 am 18 Jan 11

EvanJames said :

I noticed such a hole in my veggie garden last night, massive, with the crater sides. Is it a cicada or a giant spider?

It used to be a giant spider, but then a seriously tough cicada opened a can of whoop-ass, and took the spider’s home. If I were you I’d evacuate the premises.

maniac maniac 10:59 am 18 Jan 11

I’ve seen Dune – might be an immature sandworm.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:37 am 18 Jan 11

I noticed such a hole in my veggie garden last night, massive, with the crater sides. Is it a cicada or a giant spider?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:15 am 18 Jan 11


Ozi Ozi 10:13 am 18 Jan 11

Probably a snake, possibly of the trouser genus.

D2 D2 10:01 am 18 Jan 11

There was a post a while ago about the number of wolf spiders around at the moment. It sounds like one of their burrows.

Spoono Spoono 9:54 am 18 Jan 11

Yeah a cicada grub, I’d watch it as I saw one take a dog once

ohpiem ohpiem 9:23 am 18 Jan 11

At my place it’s spiders doing the tunnelling. Not sure what species though. They look after all the bugs in the garden and don’t come into my house unlike those scary huntsmans!

PURSUTE PURSUTE 9:15 am 18 Jan 11

Most likely a Black Prince Cicada grub.


dannybear dannybear 9:12 am 18 Jan 11

probably a spider, heaps of them tunneling in my yard at the moment and some of them are pretty massive

Buzz2600 Buzz2600 9:10 am 18 Jan 11

Uh oh, you got rats.

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