Having a beautiful and healthy lawn with great curb appeal is the goal for most homeowners. There are few things more eye-catching than a perfectly manicured lawn. However, to accomplish this feat requires a lot of work and extensive knowledge of the enemies of the yard.
While there are certainly other adversaries, the most destructive of them are voles and moles. A vole is a small rodent with a stout body, blunt nose and short ears. A mole is a type of burrowing insectivore with tiny eyes, concealed ears and soft fur. While their names are quite similar, they have little in common other than the damage done to your yard.
Moles are insectivores, meaning their staple diet is insects, earthworms and grubs. They can eat up to their body weight of these items daily and have little interest in your plants. The damage done to your well-landscaped yard is the result of tunnels dug in search for those worms and grubs and the subsequent dirt runs and mounds you find throughout your lawn. An adult mole ranges from 6 to 7 inches in length yet is rarely seen because it lives and feeds underground. It is estimated that a mole can dig tunnels at the rate of 18 feet per hour and as many as 100 feet of freshly dug tunnels in one day.
Voles differ from moles in many ways. A vole is a rodent that resembles a mouse with a shorter tail. They are prolific reproducers and can multiply into a heavily populated colony in a very short period of time. Also, they are herbivores, or plant eaters. Their primary diet consists of consuming the roots of grass and perennial flowers. This, of course, kills the plants and grass, making up the majority of the damage done to your landscaping. You may also see holes in your lawn or landscaping beds indicating vole activity. Doing most of their work out of sight allows them to inflict a considerable amount of damage before the homeowner even knows of their existence.
Properly identifying the culprit responsible for such lawn and landscape damage is essential in knowing the type of treatment needed. There are traps and baits available to help resolve lawn pest problems on your own. However, if this seems time-consuming or complicated to you, contact a professional to help you control the problem. Whether you are dealing with moles or voles, feel free to contact the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions and schedule a free inspection. We know St. Louis' best and most effective solutions to these lawn pests and we are happy to help.