Do you think you might have an animal living in or around your home or yard, but you’re not sure quite what animal it is? You’ve come to the right place! Check out these common signs, as well as the drawings, tracks, scat, and descriptions in our Animal Finder to help determine the identity of your wild neighbors. If you don’t find your answer here, visit our Intruder Excluder.
- If you have noticed digging under your deck or porch, small patches of torn up grass, and a distinct odor, it’s most likely a skunk. Skunks burrow under structures and often feed on grubs and insects under the lawn or in the garden.
- If there are noises in your attic, it’s probably squirrels or raccoons nesting. Raccoons will come out at night; squirrels most often during the day. Young raccoons often sound like puppies and can be very vocal. Check the size of the opening they are entering to help to determine which animal it may be. Raccoons are quite a bit larger than squirrels!
- If you have long underground burrows in your grass and your garden, and have noticed flowers are eaten, chances are a woodchuck, also known as a groundhog or whistle-pig has made your lawn his home. Smaller burrows and disappearing flower bulbs may indicate chipmunks or moles.
- If your ornamental shrubbery is torn and the twigs have a ragged edge, chances are deer have been browsing on them. Browsing by deer is usually an obvious three to five feet from the ground, and small, pellet-like scat can often be found close by, too. Plants browsed by rabbits and smaller animals often have neatly clipped edges.