- Posted by Critter Control
- On December 14, 2017
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Moles and voles both live here in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Both are rodents, both are pests, both tunnel underground and their names even sound the same. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that so many people confuse them with one another. There are pretty obvious differences though once you begin to dig beneath the surface (no tunneling-rodent pun intended).
The distinctions are very clear when you see pictures of these two side-by-side. Voles are small and look very similar to a mouse. Their tails are a little shorter than a mouse but their faces and bodies look about the same. The seven-inch average mole is a bit bigger than the five-inch average vole. In addition, the mole doesn’t really appear at first glance to have eyes or ears. They don’t need them underground. Moles also have flipper like feet they use to dig. Besides being rodents, the two species do not really look much alike.
Voles are the more pest-like of the two rodents because they are herbivores and go after plants in a yard aggressively. They attack the roots of plants, weakening and killing them often unnoticed. Moles focus on insects exclusively. Their favorite meal is earthworm, but they will also eat other insects if they come across them underground.
The tunneling habits of moles and voles are closely related to their diets. Voles leave shallow tunnels along the surface of lawns because they want to get at the root systems of plants. These tunnels are more destructive to lawns generally than the mole tunnels. Moles do not destroy plants in this way and their tunnels are much deeper in the ground since they are searching for earthworms. At times moles will push dirt up to the surface, causing an anthill-looking mound.
The damage from moles pushing up dirt can be annoying, but because moles are loners socially, there is only likely to be one (maybe two) moles in a given area. Voles, by contrast, breed quickly and live in large groups. This makes them a much worse pest that can destroy a lawn by tunneling, and bushes, trees and gardens with their diets.
Critter Control of the Triangle can eliminate vole infestations
Because voles are so much more destructive than moles, if you are having a problem in your lawn with a tunneling rodent, it’s most likely voles. Critter Control of the Triangle focuses our attention on voles over moles for this reason.
Those in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and the surrounding Triangle area dealing with lawn damage from voles should call us at (919) 382-0651 to have them immediately eliminated from your property before they continue to breed, tunnel and cause damage.