How To Get Rid Of Voles In Your Yard

voles in yard

If you’re noticing strange trail systems in your grass, you may have voles. If so, our vole removal program is your solution to these pesky lawn rodents. Knowing how to get rid of voles in your yard though, is no easy task.

What Is a Vole?

Commonly mistaken for other small animals, a vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, shorter hairier tail, slightly rounder head, smaller ears and eyes, and differently formed molars. There are approximately 155 species of voles in the United States. Voles are sometimes confused with moles, gophers, mice, and rats.

When Are Voles Most Active?

voles in yardVoles are active day and night and do not hibernate. They construct either many surface runways or shallow tunnels (depending on the species) in dense grass with numerous burrow entrances. In the winter, they are active under the snow.

Their peak breeding activity occurs between March and October, but voles may breed all year long when winters are mild. A female vole could potentially produce over 70 young in a year.

Vole Damage To Lawn Varies

Voles damage happens when voles start moving through your turf and creating pathways through your lawn. They’re typically called vole runways. This kind of damage is most noticeable in early spring after the snow has melted.

Other types of vole damage include:

1. Lawn Damage: Often, voles will burrow underneath the snow during the winter, foraging for sustenance or traveling. Since there is a significant amount of time for them to travel under the snow through the thatch layer, they can create large amounts of damage with the grass dormant and unable to recover. But you won’t notice it until all of the snow has melted.

2. Tree Damage: Voles can also cause damage to trees by gnawing the bark along the root collar. Plants and shrubs are also targeted.

3. Surface Damage: Though vole damage is more significant in spring, it can still be noticed and occur throughout the growing season. People often confuse this above surface trail creating with mole tunneling, however, all species of moles tunnel under the surface and not above it.

If you do notice vole damage, you shouldn’t wait to do something about it.

Vole Control Is Not Easy

Voles like living in mulch, leaf and grass piles, and tall ground covers, so avoid mulching near trees and always make sure you’re raking your leaves and grass clippings to keep them away.

If it’s too late, one way to repel voles is by using castor oil-based repellents.

They’ll penetrate the ground and give ground vegetation an odor and taste that disagrees with voles. This will force them to find a food sourcesigns of vole holes in yard elsewhere. It essentially acts as a vole repellent.

You can also try burying wire mesh to form a barrier around your yard (or garden). But this can be a rather labor-intensive task.

Contact Lush Lawn To Get Rid Of Voles

If you notice under the surface damage to your property, you may have a vole infestation on your hands. You’ll need a plan to control the vole population in your yard. The good news is that our vole control services are highly recommended.

Vole control starts with an integrated pest management plan. Our technicians will apply a series of bait injections that mimic the rodent’s natural food source. They’ll place bait every 8 to 10 feet inside tunnels that show signs of activity. The mole will perish upon eating the bait, leaving it to decompose underground.

This will be guaranteed to keep moles out of your lawn throughout the course of the year.

If you are interested in our mole control program, please contact your closest Lush Lawn branch for more information.

Treatment for voles should begin in the fall months. Our technician will identify locations where it is likely that vole activity will occur during the winter months. We will place bait stations in those areas for the voles to find and they will continue to frequent this area in the winter. Our bait stations are secured to prevent larger animals such as squirrels and chipmunks, or your pets from getting to the bait.

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Lawn Mole Control

The state of Michigan is known for both its heavy amount of forest coverage as well as its heavy snowfall in the winter months. While these two factors add to the scenic beauty of the area, they also contribute to the reason why moles are a prevalent pest problem. Moles feed on grubs and earthworms — both of which tend to congregate in soil near a large number of trees — and snow that accumulates in winter provides them with extra warmth and protection from the cold.

While moles may be small rodents, the damage they can cause to Michigan lawns is significant, from an unsightly appearance to plant distress below the surface. That’s why it’s critical to take action when you spot mole activity and connect with Lush Lawn & Safari Tree for effective lawn mole control.

How Can You Tell If You Have Moles in Your Lawn?

A Mole Sighting

Even though moles spend most of their time underground, it’s possible to catch sight of one in your yard. Commonly mistaken for other small animals (like mice, for instance), moles are marked by a few distinct features: a stouter body, a shorter and hairer tail, slightly rounder eyes and smaller eyes and ears.

lawn mole

Molehills

You’ve probably heard this phrase before: “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” While these volcano-like mounds of soil may be small compared to mountains (hence, the popular phrase), they are a tell-tale sign of problematic mole activity in your lawn. Moles create these mounds when they push the dirt around as they enter and exit the soil in search of food underground.

molehills in lawn

Surface Tunnels

To reach earthworms and grubs, moles dig tunnels through the soil that act as passageways. This activity can unintentionally disturb plant roots, uprooting them from the soil and causing them to die out, as well as soften the ground and thus increase the chance for injuries. While some tunnels are dug several inches underground, many occur right under the soil’s surface. These tunnels look like small ridges on your lawn and feel soft and spongy beneath your feet.

surface mole tunnels

Note: While the damage moles cause to lawns is most noticeable in the early spring (after the snow has melted), it is still noticeable and can occur throughout the summer and fall as well.

Our Approach to Lawn Mole Control

If you see moles in your Michigan lawn or lawn damage as a result of these rodents, we highly recommend our mole control services. While moles can sometimes be stubborn to remove from lawns, Lush Lawn & Safari Tree has created a program designed to ensure successful results.

Our mole control program consists of four phases, the combination of which are guaranteed to keep moles out of your lawn throughout the course of the year:

  • Our technicians apply a series of bait injections that mimic a mole’s natural food source, placing the bait every 8 to 10 feet within mole tunnels that show signs of activity.
  • The mole will perish upon eating the bait, leaving it to decompose underground.

When taking advantage of the complete lawn mole control program, technicians will space the treatments out a minimum of 45 days apart — providing effective coverage throughout the year. To ensure total satisfaction, our technicians will come out between treatments as needed.

If you’d prefer to choose individual applications over the full program, we can accommodate that as well. Please note that we offer a 45-day guarantee on individual applications.

(In addition to our mole control services, we also offer vole control services as well.)

Why Grub Control Doesn’t Equal Mole Control

One of the common misconceptions when dealing with moles is that removing grubs will remove the moles. However, it’s important to remember that moles feed on a variety of insects, not just grubs. In fact, their main source of food is actually earthworms. Because of this, removing grubs will not necessarily get rid of moles, and having moles doesn’t necessarily indicate the presence of grubs.

If your main concern is grubs, Lush Lawn & Safari Tree offers grub control solutions to help curb this lawn issue and prevent further damage.

Things to Keep in Mind After Our Mole Control Treatments

  • Do not flatten or disturb the mole tunnels for at least 10-14 days after application. Since it is necessary for moles to revisit those active tunnels, interfering with them will likely render the application ineffective. After the 10-14 day period is over, it is best to flatten the tunnels in order to keep an eye out for any new activity.
  • Bait is placed in the tunnel below the lawn surface. This makes it unlikely that small children or pets will be exposed to the bait.
  • The presence of moles in your turf is not an indication of the presence of grubs or that a grub control product has been ineffective. Grub control will not deter moles from your turf, as the two are not mutually exclusive.

Interested in Our Mole Control Program? Contact Your Closest Lush Lawn Branch for More Information.