Moles vs. voles: which do you have? These two rodent-like, four-legged vermin are often confused for each other. Although their names sound similar, and both make a mess of your yard and garden, that is where their similarities end. Knowing which pest you have is key to eradicating them from your yard because mole control and vole control are different processes. Whichever you have, IPM Pest and Termite are your pest experts in Lexington, Kentucky, and are here to help!
Moles have a primary diet of grubs and earthworms. They don’t eat plants, but they do leave unsightly tunnels and runways in your lawn as they burrow for more food. These little creatures are rarely seen as they live underground. They have padded front feet which allow them to tunnel at the rate of a foot per minute. The life-span of a mole is 2-3 years. They are anti-social, so usually there are only a few in any yard, but even a few moles can be a real headache for homeowners.
Moles are best eliminated from your yard by killing, repelling, or by trapping and relocating them. Your pest management company is the best choice for mole elimination. They have the traps and bait that are most effective. There are many DIY remedies but they are less effective, and by the time you realize they haven’t worked, you will probably have reached the limits of your patience, and your pocket will be out a small piece of change. If you have a mole problem, after you call the pest management company, it may be prudent to have your lawn management company come for a visit as having a mole problem is generally a sign that your yard has a grub problem as well.
Voles have a primary diet of plants. They love to eat their way through your flower bed and garden. They will eat both seeds and bulbs. Like Moles, Voles can leave unsightly tunnels in your yard. Voles are slightly smaller and have eyes and ears that are easily visible. They are prolific in production, and with a gestation cycle of only 21 days, can produce 30 babies in a year.
The best solution for vole control is a house cat that you let out occasionally to patrol your yard. Mouse traps placed in the tunnels is effective also. As with moles, there are many DIY remedies that may be effective if you can stick with them long enough, and have enough know-how to forego professional assistance. Voles can be trapped and relocated if you are feeling generous. Your pest management company has commercial grade bait that is very effective. Be very careful with bait methods of elimination as the bait is also dangerous to your house-pets that frequent your yard. Ultimately, as with moles, professional pest elimination service such as IPM Pest and Termite is your best choice for getting rid of these pesky critters.
For assistance with your mole or vole problem in Lexington, Kentucky, call IPM Pest and Termite today.