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Mole & Vole Facts

We understand that every mole or vole infestation requires a unique treatment approach to ensure elimination - that is why we always begin treatment with a detailed inspection of your property. Your mole/vole control program will then be customized to address the specific infestation your home is facing.

To create an effective treatment plan, it is important to know if you are dealing with moles or voles. Although they are often confused, these are two completely different pests that both require different targeted treatment. For starters, moles are meat eaters and feed on insects and earthworms. Voles are vegetarians and feed on the roots and stems of plants. 

Did you know that moles:

  • Moles do not hibernate and eat and tunnel all year.
  • Mole tunnels invite rodents on the property which can also attract snakes 
  • Moles generally weigh 5-6 ounces and are 6"-8" in length.
  • The mole needs to consume 85% of their body weight daily and will consume 45-50 pounds of earthworms per year. 
  • Earthworms are their main diet.
  • They reproduce 2-6 young in the spring
  • Moles will often seek new territories in the spring when the pups are searching for their own territory.
  • They can dig nearly 18' of surface tunnels per hour and can travel 80' in one minute.
  • Moles have sub-surface tunnels that can be as much as 5' beneath the surface.
  • Getting rid of grubs will not get rid of moles

Did you know that Voles:

  • Voles are small rodents approximately 3 to 5 inches long.
  • Their coats can range in color from brown to gray.
  • Voles create both above-ground and underground passageways in the soil.
  • Feed mostly on vegetation, damaging your lawn, gardens, and flowerbeds.
  • Reproducing six to nine times per year, with six to nine young in each litter.
  • Tendency to nest under patios, porches, and in mulch beds.
  • Attracts snakes

Many people believe that DIY mole control remedies are worth trying. The problem is that not only are these methods ineffective, but Mole and vole control is an ongoing process that requires maintenance. Applying gasoline to affected areas, inserting chewing gum or glass into the mole tunnels (Moles will just dig around these!), or using pinwheels and other items to cause vibrations underground are not effective ways to rid your yard of these pests. The most effective method is installing a system of baits, traps, and repellents that are continuously monitored. 

For more information please visit our Mole and Vole Control program page. 

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