Dear Sun Spots: Help! My lawn is being chewed up overnight. Some type of critter is making holes and pulling up the grass. They are ruining my lawn; there is something they are digging for.

We also have moles underground which is bad enough. Could these be skunks coming around during the night? I cannot use any chemicals as I have a small dog, which could cause him harm.

Also, what day of the week did these dates fall on: Dec. 29, 1931; June 24, 1951; and April 12, 1956.

Thank you for your wonderful column. – No Name, Sabattus.

Answer:
Sun Spots has learned that you could possibly have skunks digging up your lawn, while they are in search of grubs or other insects for food. We haven’t had many suggestions for getting rid of the skunks that don’t involve chemicals. One reader has suggested using a have-a-heart trap with bait. Once the skunk is caught, cover the trap and release it several miles from your home.

Another reader sent in the following recipe, although you may want to check with your veterinarian to see if castor oil will effect your dog: mix 1 tablespoon castor oil, 2 tablespoons liquid soap (Tide) in a blender until it’s like shaving cream. Then mix in 6 tablespoons water. Use 2 ounces to 2 gallons of water in a watering can. Sprinkle over lawn.

Another option you may consider is contacting Noonan’s Wildlife Services at 344-4149 or [email protected] They offer a fee-for-service solution.

In response to your second request, Dec. 29, 1931, was a Tuesday; June 24, 1951, a Sunday; and April 12, 1956, a Thursday.

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