Vole-vs-Mole

This time of year in most parts of the country you look outside and your lawn is covered with snow or at the very least frozen and  dormant.  However this year mild temperatures have found a way to help keep your lawn exposed to the elements and in some cases even nice and green.  (Organic lawns keep color much more efficiently because of healthy soil.)

One day you may be looking out your window at a nice healthy, albeit dormant lawn and the next day you see two or three piles of soil.  The next day six or eight and in some cases it looks like dirt bombs have been set off all over your lawn.  What the heck is going on out there?  Before you get all freaked out it’s helpful for you to understand that with conditions as such moles  and voles can become very active.   Moles are a type of lawn pest that can destroy grass and landscaping very quickly. You may think that because it is the winter season your lawn is safe from a mole attack, but the truth is moles do not hibernate. They actually eat and sleep on a continuous cycle, 24/7, 365 days a year. Moles do not store food or fat, and therefore they need to keep moving and eating no matter what the season. This makes moles a year-round pest problem and a pest that homeowners always need to be vigilant against.

Moles, using their large, powerful front feet, dig tunnels and holes in the ground- throwing dirt, grass, and soil all over your lawn as they work. These tunnels and the moles themselves will cause a lot of damage to bulbs, plants, and other landscaping located on your property. It can be more difficult to notice a mole infestation in the winter. In order to keep from freezing during the colder months, they dig deeper into ground which can cause more extensive damage to your lawn as they work underneath the blanket of snow.

Is there anything you can do to stop moles and voles from doing this type of damage to your property?  In most cases the answer unfortunately is a resounding “no.”  At least without using chemicals that, in our opinion create more of a risk than the actual moles do.  However, in extreme circumstances it makes sense to take action.  Contact your local BeeSafe Lawn applicator today to get a personal consultation.

 

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