Holes next to uprooted plants

Asked August 1, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

What animal eats the roots of flower and vegetable plants and leaves a hole upon retreat? The hole is about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

From your description you may be dealing with voles. If you are noticing holes about the size of a silver dollar, suspect voles. They are a type of meadow mouse that feeds on the roots of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Control involves trapping with mouse traps baited with apple slices or peanut butter. See our publication on voles extension.umd.edu/publications/PDFs/FS654.pdf
and our website for photos http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/voles
If this is not what you are noticing, you can send photos to this reply.