Moles & Voles Removal

Moles & Voles Removal

About moles & voles

Although they sound similar, moles and voles are completely different animals. Here’s how you can tell them apart.

Moles

Moles are in the same family as shrews and bats and are recognizable due to their long noses and small size. Unlike voles, moles don’t eat plants and prefer to gorge on insects. They’re especially adept at digging and have front feet that are shaped like paddles to make the process easier. Because they spend so much time in their underground tunnels, moles are almost entirely blind and don’t rely at all on their eyesight. Instead, they detect dark versus light and rely heavily on their other senses for survival.

Voles

Voles are rodents and look much more like mice than moles do. They have small ears and short tails. As we mentioned above, voles feed on a variety of plants and flowers and can be especially destructive to gardens and foliage. They especially love to eat flower bulbs. Voles typically prefer grassy areas that help protect them from predators like cats, owls, foxes, and snakes. If you have a cat at home, giving it protected access to your yard to hunt the voles can sometimes help to mitigate the problem. 

Mole & vole habits

Moles and voles are associated together as they’re both pests that wreak havoc on yards and gardens. Otherwise, the two don’t have very much in common. See the descriptions above for a better idea of the habits of each animal. 

Mole

Mole & vole damage

Both moles and voles can be destructive to yards and gardens. Moles are more likely to lead to large-scale damage due to their extensive digging and holes. If you have holes and strange, raised tunnels throughout your yard, you’re likely dealing with a mole. Voles, on the other hand, are more likely to eat vegetation in your garden and disrupt the plants in your yard. Here is a great resource to learn more about vole damage at pestwildlife.org

Vole

Our moles & voles removal process

We’ll begin our removal process with a thorough inspection of your space to identify the scope of the problem and whether we’re dealing with moles, voles, or both. Moles and voles can be especially challenging to get rid of, and we’ll assess each unique situation to decide whether the best course of action involves traps, natural or chemical deterrents, or something else altogether. At Gray Brothers Wildlife LLC, we’ll work with you to create a plan that works for your space.

Rest assured that our entire process is designed to be both effective and humane for the animal involved. Our state-of-the-art technology, including drones, field cameras, borescopes, and thermal imaging allows us to gain a more thorough understanding of the problem before we begin, helping to ensure success and a smooth process for everyone involved. From start to finish, we carefully follow all applicable laws and regulations that govern the mole and/or vole removal. 

How to keep moles and voles out of your garden?

Moles and voles are considered garden pests. They are vertebrate mammals that can become a real nightmare. 

To understand the seriousness of the matter, you have to know that they not only wipe out plants in orchards and gardens, but they also dig holes and burrows, moving around in places we commonly use and can transmit diseases.

What kind of animals are they?

They are small subterranean animals that dig tunnels under the ground (burrows) to reach the roots of plants, as well as root vegetables and tubers. But what is the difference between moles and garden mice?

The Moles

They are capable of digging burrows up to one meter deep, preferring damp but not waterlogged areas, as they are easier to dig. These are small insectivorous animals, which do not cause direct damage to garden plants or vegetables. However, they do cause damage due to the burrows they dig.

They are known to consume numerous insects and larvae, but they are also the major predators of earthworms, which make up a great contribution to crops and garden soils. However, they like to stay close to shrubs and weeds, as this makes them easier to find shelter from predators.

Garden mice.

These rodents feed on all types of plants, especially roots, and occasionally on insects or larvae. They produce more damage than moles can produce. 

This species is related to mice and rats, they resemble each other, but with different characteristics: shorter tail, smaller ears, and a more elongated snout.

Like moles, they are nocturnal animals. They are, however, a little more daring when they come out of holes to eat vegetables. They reproduce very quickly, so in one year they can have up to five litters, making it difficult to control their proliferation.

How can these pests be eliminated?

The best thing to do is to identify the type of pest in order to know exactly which method will be most effective. The most important thing is to use a method that does not affect human life or domestic animals. Therefore, calling pest control specialists sounds like a good start.

  • Try to keep them away: By using the exclusion method, access to gardens and orchards is prevented and neither people nor pets are at risk. It consists of a wire mesh placed one meter deep and protruding about 30 centimeters above the surface, placed around the place you want to protect.
  • The use of anticoagulants: these are strong pesticides to kill rodents, they have a toxic action on moles and mice. Caution should be exercised in their handling and use, as they could affect domestic animals.
  • Placement of posts for birds of prey: this natural method works perfectly, as owls mainly feed on this type of rodent. Therefore, you can rest assured the pest will soon be naturally exterminated.

Other methods that can help are mole traps, or pest repellent plants, such as imperial crown and blackberry, which prevent them from approaching the gardens. Castor oil, cayenne powder mixed with other products such as common dish soap, garlic, and vegetable oil end up repelling this pest naturally.

The use of windmills and plastic bottles is also effective since this pest is highly sensitive to the vibrations and noises they produce when in contact with the wind and will surely flee.