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  1. Nuke the whole thing? haha.. that's enlightening. But I'm thinking that with insects in the lawn, I got to dig really deep and get rid of a whole layer of the lawn. That might be too much of work for me. And after that i might still need to apply pesticide in order to ensure those hidden ones are killed? I'm not sure... By the way, whose holes were seen in late May - early Jun. If they were recently discovered, it's more likely to be cicada killer's hole, which really look alike. Sorry that I didn't specify the date
  2. Hi, thank you all for your input. After moving into the house for 3 wks, I see many beetles around the house. They looks like Japanese beetles according to those online images. I also hear cicadas from the trees in the neighborhood. Besides that, some landscaping guys also guess that it could also be ants who made those holes. And I do see ants in my lawn, big and small. So the conclusion is: grubs damaged the lawn, cicadas and ants made holes on it. And I got to take action on all three of them. I spreaded "Trazicide insect killer for lawn", and I think I see less beetles on my windows at night. But the ants are still happy and active in the lawn. I tried all kinds of ant bait - No Use. And to prevent grubs, i am thinking about GrubEX in the late summer. Any other better options and good experience to share? Thanks!
  3. Indeed I didn't see or hear any cicadas nearby. I'll read more about grubs since they do feed on grass roots. And those tiny holes may be created when the beetles crawl out of the soil, which means I already missed the season to kill them with insecticide... Think I'll need to consult a local pest control expert. I'll update again if I could get any definite answer.
  4. It's the first time I hear about Armadillos. Thank you for the information. That animal seems bigger than the finger-wide hole size. Maybe my photo didn't reveal clearly, there are hundreds of those black little holes with dry grass curling around the openings. I am not sure if it can also be some bug or termite or ants?
  5. I just bought a house in MA. Yesterday I suddenly noticed big patches on the lawn which are yellow with no grass grow. When I look closer, there are many holes evenly distributed over the patches. Each hole is roughly a finger wide. The soil is very loose and soft when stepped on. Does anybody recognize these holes? Any kind of pest that might affect the main house? Any treatment available? Thanks a lot! Click to Enlarge 101.2 KB Click to Enlarge 112.72 KB Click to Enlarge 78.53 KB Click to Enlarge 125.45 KB Click to Enlarge 112.47 KB
  6. I really enjoy reading all your replies. Very informative and interesting Thank you!!
  7. plastic plugs? something like the 2nd hole at the bottom of the picture? (that hole was accidentally captured in the pic ). If I remember correctly, I did see something filled that hole down inside, but just not evenly leveled. My pest inspector confirmed hole without cap to be termite treatment hole. I'm not sure if the 2nd one is also for termite?? Thanks.
  8. Thank you guys for your replies!!! Yes, I agree that a termite inspection and treatment is advisable. Actually, my concern is really this: from pure technical perspective, can any expert eyes [:-angel] tell the rough age of this hole? i chanced onto this other article (http://pestcemetery.com/termite-drill-marks/) which suggested that different drilling techniques were employed 30 yrs ago vs more recent... so I'm curious if this is true [?]
  9. Could some expert shed some light on the age of this drilled hole for termite treatment. The hole was drilled down into the basement ground. The door frame next to it has termite damages. Click to Enlarge 40.45 KB I am just concerned with whether the hole is > 35 yrs old, or is it much younger and recent. As I'm thinking the tools and technologies used to drill back in the 70's might be different from those used today, so the size of the hole, the edge, the shape etc. might offer a clue to its age? Thanks!!!
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