The link between moles and voles

On their own, moles can ruin the appearance of a yard. And when voles are also present, the damage is even more serious.

When they work in tandem, these two small mammals can cause big problems for homeowners.

Moles and voles: A dangerous duo

A mole infestation is bad enough. Dirt mounds on your lawn, ugly ridges criss-crossing the yard, soft spots when you step.

But mole tunnels also invite a pest partner: the vole. Moles can dig up to 80 feet of fresh tunnels every day and these underground passageways leave your yard vulnerable to attack from voles. 

Moles or voles?

In some ways, moles and voles are very different. But both can compromise the health of your lawn and desirable plants, including flowers and vegetables.

Knowing whether the problem is moles or voles can help eliminate the infestation quicker.

Recognizing moles

Moles are carnivores that feast on grubs, earthworms and other insects.

Most moles are roughly 6 inches in length, with dark brown or gray fur and a hairless snout. Their eyes and ears are difficulty to see, but their front legs are large and scoop-shaped for effective digging.

Not that you’ll ever see them. Moles live their lives almost entirely underground. They live and work in solitude, except during mating season.

Mole damage: Direct and indirect

In their relentless search for food, moles constantly tunnel, almost “swimming” through the soil.

Although moles don’t eat plants, they have a negative effect on the health of desirable plants, both direct and indirect.

Moles are responsible for the ugly mounds on your lawn, the dirt piles and collapsed soil. Moles can also damage plants by disrupting roots as they tunnel.

But this is nothing compared to the damage done by voles who adopt the runways dug by moles.

Vole characteristics

Unlike moles, voles are herbivores, preferring to eat grass, roots and other plant matter.

Runways dug by moles give voles access to these plants. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of grass stems, roots, tubers and even bulbs

Voles resemble short-tailed mice: brownish, 4-6 inches in length with clearly visible ears and eyes.

Vole reproduction

The battle against voles can be difficult as they reproduce rapidly. Voles live just 14-18 months, but the gestation period for females lasts a brief three weeks (roughly 22 days) and typically results in a litter of 4-5 juvenile voles. The female vole can produce 30 offspring per year.

How voles damage plants

Voles burrow into the roots of a desirable plant, damaging its health and often causing the plant to tip to one side.

When the food supply is down, voles have been known to eat fruits, vegetables and even tree bark.

Numerous small holes in your lawn is a clear indication of a vole problems.

Removing moles and voles

Whether the culprit is moles or voles, trapping is the best way to eliminate these pests from your lawn. And the Easy Mole Trap is the best option available on the market.

When placed in an active runway, the Easy Mole Trap is activated when a mole attempts to clear away dirt obstructions. This deploys the jaws-scissors mechanism, putting an end to these pesky pests.

Don’t let moles and voles ruin the appearance of your lawn. Take action today with the Easy Mole Trap.

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