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What kind of pest?

Posted by slade8200 North shore, MA (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 14, 14 at 14:15

In addition to the fact that it feels like I'm walking on golf balls, I have a few areas where I see these 'tracks' in the lawn. I have a picture of it below. I also have a mulch area that goes along the whole lawn and there are always new holes appearing in it. How should I put a stop to this?


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RE: What kind of pest?

Could be moles. They tunnel shallow unlike the pocket gophers here in California. I used a cinch mole trap to catch the gophers though.


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RE: What kind of pest?

Those appear to be Vole tracks, not moles. You had snow cover, didn't you?


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We did, it has melted the past few days. Some of these tracks are new, like they were made while snow was on the ground, some of them I noticed in the fall.


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RE: What kind of pest?

Yup. Voles - 90% certain. And yes, those are the runways under the snow. They will also make them when the grass grows taller than 3" or so.


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RE: What kind of pest?

So should I get some poison pellets or something like that? Every year I put down the grub killer but it doesn't seem to do anything.


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Grub killer? For voles? How are those related? A simple search for Voles in Google returns 789,000 results. That's a great place to start.


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RE: What kind of pest?

I've read a lot about it. That's why I'm on this forum, there's a lot of talk about how to get rid of them but nothing about the success of any of the methods. I was hoping to find someone who says "yeah do this, it works."

I said grub killer cause I was under the impression that the voles feast on the grubs, so killing the grubs would get rid of the voles.


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RE: What kind of pest?

You have to be careful when reading about voles - some of the material will mix up material from moles. That's a big mistake. Voles eat plant material (in winter, they eat seeds, bulbs and root material). They damage the roots of my hosta beds.

I have had some luck with getting them to move elsewhere by applying castor oil between the first frost of the year and when the ground freezes. It won't work now, and I don't know what will work in mid-winter.


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