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Old 10-01-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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I noticed in the spring that there were "ruts" throughout my yard, I then saw what looked like a mouse, after further investigation I came to realize that they are voles. Any suggestions to get rid of them? Other than the obvious damage they do to lawns, do they cause any serious damage?

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Moles are usually after grub worms. In my experience, your lawn usually needs treated to control the grub worm population. This involves some chemical treatments which you might not want. Even if you get rid of every grub worm, you may still get a few seeking their next meal.

You can also set traps near their exit holes. These traps are like guillotines and kill the moles instantly; however, they can be dangerous if you have curious kids running around and they get their hands on these traps.

There is dozens of other home remedies which I think are ineffective. I've had neighbors put chewing gum in the exit holes. Somehow this gets ingested by the mole and/or moles and causes digestive distress to the mole eventually killing it.
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I tried to gas them. I read somewhere that plugging all the holes but one and putting a garden hose from your exhaust into the remaining hole. After we did that they stopped adding new holes for a while but they came back to a different location in the yard.

I think it worked and would try again just more persistently.
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OP has voles, not moles. Voles are kin to field mice. Need to remove food source, keep grass short and trap them.
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OP has voles, not moles. Voles are kin to field mice. Need to remove food source, keep grass short and trap them.
I thought it was Moles, 47_47. I didn't even know there was a critter called a "vole." Learn something new everyday. OP, disregard my advice as it pertains to MOLES, not VOLES.

Good article below about VOLES:

https://www.thespruce.com/vole-contr...-voles-2131148
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I once noticed vole damage to grass, in the spring. But I read up on voles, and it said they only eat the above ground portion of the grass, not the roots, so grass will recover.

But fortunately, I have not seen any vole evidence since.
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We used to have voles but the cats seemed to have eradicated them
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You do have good advice on moles Gymschu.
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