Voles/Moles

Asked May 28, 2015, 10:55 AM EDT

I had voles several years ago, but they moved to a new location. Glad to see them go. But this summer I've noticed tunnels in one of my flower beds. I think they decided to return. Any suggestions on how to get rid of those awful rodents. I'm sure they will destroy my plants. I'm also not sure if they are moles or voles this time.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Marilyn

Anne Arundel County Maryland wildlife flowers voles moles and voles

1 Response

Mole and vole tunnels look very different.
Vole tunnel entrances are about the size of a quarter to half-dollar. There is no soil kicked out around the entrance. The tunnel itself is below ground and not seen at all.
Mole tunnel entrances are not seen often, but they look like a raised prairie dog entrance. Usually what you see are the tunnels snaking across the lawn, and the raised soil just before the soil surface is very noticeable.

Keep in mind that moles do littlereal damage.They eat insects.
It is voles that are highly destructive, eating roots, bulbs and bark.

Here is our website info on voles: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/voles
And moles: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/moles which includes photos and control options.

ECN