This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
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Cut it out!

September 18th, 2007

It’s not too often I make a $#@% list post but lately we’ve had an overnight visitor that rips up our yard.
I’m guessing whatever it is looking for grubs and we’ve tried grub treatment but that doesn’t seem to work.  Then we went to the Framer’s Exchange and got some fox urine (I didn’t even know that was a product until this issue), that didn’t work so then we tried going a step up and using coyote urine.  Whatever it was just went to town on the lawn and even left a poop like it was trying to tell us that what it thought of our scare tactics.
We didn’t have this problem last year so I’m not really sure what’s going on but if anyone knows any good tricks for repelling things that dig up yards or really good grub killer, I’d love to hear it.


  1. Skunks!!
    We had this problem too and tried all sorts of things. Putting cayenne pepper all over the digging spot among other things.
    Nothing humane seems to work. So, we eventually moved. Not because of the skunks but it DID work for us!

    Comment by Jennifer September 18, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

  2. I’m guessing my wife commented above me, since she sent me the link.
    Russell’s in Wayland (on Rte 20) should carry a product call MoleX (I think that is what it’s called – I can’t remeber exactly). You can spread that just like fertilizer.
    It has a strange smell, but you won’t notice it after a few days. Skunks don’t like it. And if you see that they are living under a deck (like in the photo), spread some at the netrance after dark, and that should keep them from going back in. That worked for us.
    Of course, there are more permenant/solid ways of keeping them out.
    In addition, skunks hate noise and water. Russell’s should also have an automatic sprinker (approx. $80) that is motion sensitve.
    It’s actually sort of comical, in that you can trick your neighbors to walk by it and get sprayed!! 🙂
    That worked too. But you really need to get what they are going after too. This could be grubs or even beetles (these big fat crunchy ones that they we after in our yard).
    Be persistent, and you’ll chase them off to your neighbors yard. 🙂
    Short of the too thing above, you can call someone, but that’s expensive.
    Good Luck!!

    Comment by Steven September 18, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

  3. Fox urine might help, but if it does, it’s pretty expensive. Here’s a cheaper recipe:

    Get a 5 or 6 gallon jug, like somethingv from a watercooler. Fill it with your own urine. (Hey, it’s gotta go somewhere.) Then add a cup of Listerine for health purposes, a few tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent for surfactant charateristics, a pouch of chewin’ terbacky for extra flavor, and then spray that stuff around especially after it rains. Guaranteed to keep everything away from your yard.

    Comment by Steve Orr November 23, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  4. YIKES!!!! How did I miss Steve Orr’s suggestion to put human urine in your yard???


    Comment by Downtowner November 11, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  5. We live in Florida and have armadillos tearing up our lawn looking for grubs. Crushed moth balls did repel them for a while.

    Comment by Lois Cohen June 8, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

  6. Milky Spore – get it at your garden center, and apply it twice, once this summer, and once next summer WITHOUT applying any other grub treatment. It will keep grubs out of your lawn for 10-20 years.

    Comment by Red May 18, 2011 @ 10:48 am

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