After the snow has melted, have you noticed mole-like "runs" in your yard, except that they appear to be well-traveled above ground runs, rather than the more familiar burrowing damage created by moles? If that is the case, change the 'm' to a 'v' â€“ you probably have voles, not moles.
I recently got my first vole question of the year, and Iâ€™m sure it wonâ€™t be my last. Voles are a fairly common rodent in Indiana landscapes, except that they donâ€™t get the same attention that the subterranean burrowing mole gets.
Dr. Timothy J. Gibb, Purdue turfgrass entomologist, offers the following information about managing voles:
Meadow voles are true rodents, and belong to the order Rodentia (from the Latin word rodere, to gnaw). The word vole refers to "field"-- earlier uses of the word were used as vole-mouse, and eventually became simply voles. People often refer to voles as meadow mice, or "field mice".
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