How To Stop Mysterious Creatures From Digging Up Your Yard

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Most of us take pride in the appearance and upkeep of our homes. While I’m not an expert gardener by any means, we go to great lengths to ensure our grass and flower beds are well maintained. And so, if I were to wake up one day and see a huge chunk of that completely destroyed, I’m pretty sure I’d just about lose it.

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Well, this unfortunately happens from time to time. And in some instances, the culprit will shock you. Wild boars and wild hogs are found throughout North America, even in areas where you may have never heard about a sighting. They are notorious for ripping up grass and garden beds in the pursuit of food – a behavior known as rooting.

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If you wake up one morning to see a portion of your yard completely torn up, wild hogs may be to blame. They are fairly nocturnal animals, and will wander about at night searching for food (when humans aren’t around). While other animals like raccoons can also root around looking for grubs, a more substantial amount of damage may be the result of wild hogs.

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If you live near a heavily wooded area, especially one with a natural water source running through it, wild hogs could very well be in your area. It’s worth noting that wild hogs can be quite aggressive, so you should exercise caution to ensure you’re not getting too close, especially if you have young children and small pets.

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If you suspect wild hogs have been doing a number on your lawn, you’ll want to first ensure that any food or garbage is being properly disposed of and not attracting them to your property. This could be as simple as ensuring bowls of dog food, cat food, or grain aren’t being left around. If the problem persists, you may want to consider putting up some sort of hog-proof fencing. Though not very common, wild hogs can wander onto your property. Thankfully, taking these few simple steps can help keep them at bay.