Voles or Moles? What's Tearing Up My Yard?
Voles or Moles? Missing a bulb or two? Finding gnawed bark almost everywhere? Prize flowers being nibbled to nothing? Spotting strange pathways in your yard? You could be dealing with a vole infestation. Sadly, you could also be dealing with a mole infestation. What’s the difference between these two yard wrecking creatures? Take a look.
Voles vs. Moles
Voles are sometimes called field or meadow mice, but they’re not actually mice. They are, however, rodents, and they tend to be either dark brown or gray in color. They’re usually three to six inches in length, and they have tiny ears and eyes.
Unlike voles, moles aren’t rodents. They’re related to shrews, and they primarily eat earthworms and other insects. They, too, can be fairly small, but not as small as voles. They’re usually around 7 inches in length, and they can weigh up to four pounds each. They have a pointed muzzle with very tiny eyes. Their feet are shaped like flippers to help dig the soil in front of them as they move forward.
How Can I Tell The Difference?
Not sure you know what’s damaging your yard? If you’re dealing with a vole problem, you can tell thanks to the little runways they make in your lawn. They’re above ground pathways that part right through the grass. You might also see holes of about an inch in diameter where a vole has worked to create a nest.
If you’re dealing with moles, though, you’ll find a volcano shaped mound of soil in your yard, as well as raised ridges throughout your yard. Moles will only appear in moist areas. Voles will forage almost anywhere. Both moles and voles tend to be active throughout the year.
Dealing with the Problem
Whether you’re fighting moles or voles in your yard, the key is to get rid of them before they endanger the health of your plants.