You have probably got at least a fuzzy picture in your head of what moles and voles look like. Both of them are small, furry little rodents that have tendencies to wreak havoc on yards. This, however, is about where their similarities end. They are different creatures with unique brands of destruction. Knowing how to recognize each is important so you can know which sort of pest control measures are appropriate to take. Here is a brief guide on what makes a mole and what makes a vole to get you started.
It is very possible you’ve not actually seen a mole in your yard because they like to both live and eat underground. If you do, however, get a chance to spot one, they vary from grey to dark brown, reach lengths from 6 to 7 inches, and can be recognized most easily by their very long nose and large, webbed front feet. They use these feet to dig tunnels under your lawn (at a speed of approximately 1 foot per minute) so they can catch their favorite food, earth worms. Though very little, moles place a great deal of work into eating almost their body weight each day. Working hard, this can amount to 100 feet of tunneling daily, which can be quite a lot when comprised under one yard. To make up for this, they might have other elements of your yard caving in a bit. The good news is that they usually live alone, so if you have one, chances are you just have that one.
Voles, on the other hand, look a bit like mice, but with shorter tails. They’re most often dark brown, approximately 5 inches in length, and have largish ears and eyes. Unlike additives, they are extremely social animals and are known to colonize yards quickly due to the brief time it takes them to replicate. They prefer to feed on grass and flower roots, but will settle for seeds or bulbs, or even the bark off of small trees and shrubs if nothing else is available. Luckily, this damage is really simple to fix after the voles are removed.
Calling in Pest Control
Whether you have got voles or moles, or if you’re still unsure what pests are ruining your lawn, calling a professional pest management company will have the ability to clear things up quickly and easily. They will have your yard pest-free and will be able to provide some advice on ways to keep annoying lawn critters from returning.