Rid your yard of moles and voles

Is your lawn being destroyed by underground rodents that dig up and destroy your grass? It's important to identify the pest at the "root" of the problem.

Moles typically tunnel below the ground and push up the roots of the grass. They do not eat the grass or the roots, but love grubs and earthworms. Moles typically seek out well-watered lawns with looser soil that allows for easier tunneling.

Voles will tunnel through the grass instead, leaving trails at the base of the grass and above ground. They tend to burrow under sidewalks, patios and porches, leaving holes about the size of a golf ball. They eat grass seed and destroy a lawn's root system, which can result in substantial areas of damage.

Vole damage is obvious following snowmelt, with clear trails in the brown grass. Bird feeders can attract voles and other small rodents.

There are multiple methods available to help vanquish these pests. The recommended solution for mole control is to trap and remove. This is an involved process and one best left to a professional trapper. There are also natural repellent products available that you can spray on your lawn.

For voles, there are smaller traps available for situations with low populations. For larger population issues, you might need to apply bait and ridding your lawn of them can be an arduous process — one best left to the pros.

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