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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Racoons and skunks

Digging damage in turf
Photo by Ali Harivandi

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Damage

Raccoons and skunks dig up turf as they search for grubs or other insects.

Prevention and management

Exclude pests with fences. Monitor for insects and follow recommended management practices. Your county UC Cooperative Extension office can direct you to agencies or individuals that control these animals.

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