Tunneling pest

Asked February 18, 2020, 12:27 PM EST

I live on a farm on Kimberly Drive and my yard and flower beds are being ruined by something that is tunneling and uprooting my bulbs, flowers etc. The tunnels are above ground and make walking hazardous. What is this and how do I get rid of it ASAP I??

Maryland

1 Response

Raised tunnels in a lawn are caused by moles in their search for insects to eat. They never reuse the tunnels, so they can be walked on or flattened by mower tires and disappear. Here is more about moles: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/moles
Getting rid of moles is not easy. So, it's often best to simply let them leave of their own accord in a month or so. Meanwhile, they contribute to the health of soil and lawns by eating insect pests and aerating the soil. Do not waste money on grub control products in an attempt to remove their food--there are plenty of other things for them to eat and research proves this method does not work.

Moles do not eat or gnaw on plants or bulbs. However VOLES do. Voles tunnel below the soil surface, though they do not create raised tunnels. Since they are destructive, you may want to look for evidence of them. You can control them with mouse traps. Here is what you'll want to know about voles: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/voles

Ellen