Mole/Vol Destruction

Asked March 2, 2018, 9:54 AM EST

What is the most effective way to get rid of moles/vols from our yard? Our entire back yard has been destroyed this fall/winter by mole/vol tunnels. We can't even walk in the back yard without worrying about twisting an ankle and there will be no way to cut the grass with this vast system of tunnels. We have lived here more than 50 yrs and have never had a mole/vol problem like this. Seems to have been made worse by neighbor using something to get rid of his moles and seems to have driven everyone in the county into our yard. HELP PLEASE!!!

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

Voles are mouse-like critters that eat plant material and primarily surface runways.
They reproduce quickly and their numbers can become high. They are pests.

Moles are many fewer in number, perhaps 2-5 per acre and actually are considered beneficial because they only eat soil invertebrates like grubs and worms. Their tunneling becomes more noticeable at certain times, like now, when the grass is dormant, and after heavy rains when the earthworms move up high towards the soil surface. When the ground is not frozen, tamp down the tunnels so that grass roots stay in contact with the soil. It is easy to do with your feet or a roller. You should have no difficulty mowing after.
They are not easy to trap, but it can be done.

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