The names are similar but voles and moles are completely different pests. One of biggest differences between the two critters is the damage that they cause.
Moles are insectivores, meaning their gourmet meals consist of earthworms with a side of grubs and insects. They do not eat plants; the damage to your landscape is caused by the tunnels and runways the dig in your lawn.
You will hardly see a mole, because they live and feed underground. Moles range from gray to dark brown in color, and can grow to about seven inches in length. Moles are most often identified by their long noses and paddled, webbed front feet, which makes it easier for digging their tunnels.
Moles eat a lot! They eat quantities that nearly equal to their body weight every day, and their constantly digging for more food! The mini mountains all over lawn, are caused by the moles constant food search. On a good day a mole can dig 100 feet of new tunnels.
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Voles on the other hand, are herbivores, and their gourmet meals will unfortunately, consist of your landscape.
They feed on a variety of plants like grass, flower roots, seeds and bulbs. Their even worse in the winter, they will feast off the bark of your trees and shrubs, when food is more scarce.
Voles are rodents that look much like mice, but without the long tails. Voles only grow to about 5 inches long and are dark brown in color. They can quickly colonize an area, which makes up for that their life span is only that of 16 months or less.
You can identify a vole infestation by looking for surface tunnels in your mulch, and along the walls of your house or retaining walls. If you notice damage and a golf ball size hole next to it, its a sure sign that it is vole damage.
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