How to Tell Moles and Voles to Take a Hike

| 3/16/2016 9:50:00 AM

Tags: Moles, Yard Pests, Varmints, Lois Hoffman,

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One of the most irritating pests that nearly every homeowner has encountered is the ground mole. Perhaps no other creature on earth has caused homeowners so much frustration as this lowly critter. There is hardly anything more irritating than to have a perfectly manicured lawn and ten minutes later see the ground pushed up and a new run destroying the yard.

However deserving these little pests are of their bad reputation, they can’t take quite all the credit. Moles and voles are often confused for each other although they are quite different. The only similarity is that they are both garden pests that destroy gardens and lawns. They are not even of the same species, as moles are mammals and voles are rodents. Moles are carnivores (meat eaters) and they like to feast on grubs, worms, ants, beetles and other insects. Voles, on the other hand, are herbivores (plant eaters) and eat plants above ground, which causes most of the plant damage.

Moles are larger than voles, usually reaching a length of 5 to 8 inches. Contrary to popular belief, they are not blind but have very small eyes. They have no external ears which is why they can’t hear all the cussing that is directed their way. Their forelegs are very muscular and they have heavily clawed feet which is how they can dig so fast that you can literally see a new tunnel raise the earth as they dig underground.

Voles are only between 3 and 5 inches long, have a stocky build, blunt nose, small eyes and ears, short tails and sharp, visible front teeth. While moles cause havoc all year long, voles prefer winter to be active when the snow covers their tracks.

3/16/2016 10:18:31 PM


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