Tell Tale Signs of Moles and Voles

Moles and Voles cause damage to lawns by tunneling and creating "Mole Hills".

Moles and voles dig deep tunnels and can cause significant damage to yards, which is why they are seen as pests to most people. If you see raised ridged areas in your lawn or garden or cone shaped mole hills (mound of dirt with a hole next to it), you can suspect these critters are near. The damage moles and voles do to yards can be unsightly and extensive. Griffin Pest Solutions offers a very effective mole control program for residential customers.

Moles and voles do benefit the environment, however. The tunnels they dig aerate the soil and help blend old soils with new soils. They also eat damaging insects like larvae, grubs and beetles.

Additional Pest Information

Appearance – Moles are a cylinder shape and measure 4-9 inches long from nose to tail. Moles have soft fur that is dark gray or grayish-brown. Some species of moles have a cone-shaped nose. Their paws are pink with small black legs. Their front paws are short and have long claws used for digging. Moles have poor vision due to their very small eyes.

 

Biology – Moles are mammals. They’re relatives of insect eaters like hedgehogs and shrews. Moles aren’t usually seen above ground; they spend most of their time underground, and make burrows and tunnels in the soil while searching for food. Moles eat earthworms and white grubs; they may also feed on beetles, spiders and other insects that fall into their tunnels. Moles don’t usually eat plants, but they damage them while burrowing and ruin lawns. They like loose, moist soils.

 

Prevention – Because moles mainly eat earthworms and insects, compacting the soil or reducing soil moisture can make an area less desirable for moles. If moles need to be controlled, trapping works best, but takes time. Poison baits have not shown to be work well. Talk to your professional pest manager for advice and recommendations.

 

 

Appearance – Voles are small rodents that measure 3-9 inches. Voles are commonly mistaken for other small animals like moles, mice and shrews. Voles have shorter, more hairy tails and a slightly rounder head compared to mice. Voles also have small ears and eyes, and are sometimes called field mice.

 

Biology – Vole populations reach sexual maturity quickly and have many litters. Because of this, prevention is crucial as populations can grow very large in a short period of time. Voles burrow in tunnels. Voles will eat pretty much anything from fruits to other dead animals.

 

Prevention – Make sure your yard is free from extra leaf litter and dense vegetation. Regularly mowing your lawn will help make sure voles don’t make it a habitat. Many chemicals and repellents are commercially available to prevent and treat voles (follow package instructions). Physically surrounding trees with 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth will help protect young tree and plants.

 

Our Mole and Vole Treatment Process

Our treatment process first identifies the active “runs” that moles are using. Once we know which runs the moles are using, we return and place bait inside these active runs. We repeat this process until your yard is cleared of moles and voles. No more scary traps in your yard, no more having to clean the traps and dispose of the moles or voles.