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Dealing with Voles and Moles

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I thought you might be interested in this review of the subject.

Voles or moles – which one is damaging your lawn and garden? They can be tricky to get rid of but before you do anything, figure out which you have and understand these interesting animals better.

Once you understand the problem you can look for the right solution. I’ll discuss some options in this post.

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One year I had a snowbank that lasted an extra 3 weeks into the spring.  When it finally melted, the entire area under it was eaten up by voles.  I was a bit worried about my perfect yard (that was back when I cared what my yard looked like).  One month later the grass there had grown back and was better than the surrounding yard.  So don't fret about the tunnels and missing grass patches.

And a comment about mouse traps for voles.  If you do that, be sure that other critters can't get to the mouse trap.  One spring I tried the mouse trap thing and came home from work to fine a baby robin with his foot in the trap.  He was big enough to flap around the yard but he couldn't take off with the extra weight of the trap.  I spent 5 minutes chasing him around the yard until i finally caught and released him.  I don't think the neighbors saw me...
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