Know Your Furry Lawn Pests: Moles VS Voles!

There are many different animals that can damage your lawn. Whether it is an insect or a furry critter, being able to identify the pest can help prevent or reduce any damage. Some of the most infamous furry lawn pests are moles and voles. Each of these critters will transform an otherwise perfectly manicured lawn into a maze of tunnels and a collection of dirt mounds. For a homeowner, this can be stressful, ugly, and of course – expensive.

Moles

Well known for their long snout and large front paws for digging, moles are technically not rodents. They are considered insectivores and primarily eat grubs, insects, and worms. These critters are nearly blind and can wreak havoc on your lawn. They can do serious damage to your lawn while looking for their next snack, the two types of identification marks for moles are runways and mounds. The runways are an extensive network of shallow underground tunnels the moles use for feeding. They can dig up to a foot per minute and the runways are most recognized by the raised ground which appears as ridges in the soil. The mole mounds are created by deep tunnels the moles dig to burrow deep into and provide a year-round source of food. These mounds quickly kill the grass around them and the runways can be dangerous obstacles that can pose as tripping hazards.

Preventing Moles

Create barriers- placing decorative stones or bricks can break up the tunnels and reduce the digging.

Reduce watering lawn- moles are attracted to moist soil and so is their insect filled diet. Dry soil will deter the mole, but it is hard to gauge the proper amount to water while not simultaneously killing your lawn, call in the experts to make sure it’s done right.

Reduce insects- if you have proper pest control for the insects in your lawn, it will cut off the food supply for the moles.

Call in the experts- Houseman Pest can help remove and prevent moles, while also repairing and maintaining the health and appearance of your lawn.

Voles

Aside from their names, moles and voles do not share many characteristics. A vole is similar to a field mouse in appearance and burrows underground. Voles create tunnels on the surface and eat their way through grassy areas to where they burrow. If you notice your plants begin to wilt or turn yellow, it might be a sign of voles in your garden. These little critters also enjoy eating the roots of fruit trees and shrubs. Make sure to regularly check plants for signs of being chewed on or wilting. As opposed to moles, voles have a primarily vegetarian dinner.

Preventing Voles

Mow your lawn regularly- Voles are attracted to vegetation and longer grass is a great food source. Regular lawn maintenance can protect your lawn from pests and simultaneously keep it looking perfect.

Reduce how many plants are stored on the ground- A large number of plants stored on the ground provide food and protection for voles.

Gaurd your trees- voles enjoy eating tree roots and the bark off trees. You can use a mesh fence or some other form of protection for the trees in your garden.

Call in the experts- Houseman Pest can help remove and prevent voles in a humane way that is safe for kids, pets, and the rest of your garden.