Difference between moles and voles

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You’ve probably got at least a fuzzy image in your head of what moles and voles look like. Both of them are small, furry little rodents that have tendencies to wreak havoc on lawns. This, however, is all about where their similarities end. They are different creatures with unique brands of destruction. Knowing how to identify each is important so that you can know which sort of pest control measures are suitable to take. Here’s a short guide on what makes a mole and what makes a vole to get you started.


It’s extremely likely that you have never actually seen a mole in your yard because they like to live and consume underground. If you do, however, get an opportunity to spot one, they range from gray to dark brown, reach lengths from 6 to 7 inches, and can be recognized most easily by their very long nose and big, webbed front feet. They use these feet to dig tunnels under your lawn (at a rate of about 1 foot per minute) so they can catch their favorite food, earth worms. Though very small, moles put a lot of work into eating nearly their body weight each day. Working hard, this can amount to 100 feet of tunneling daily, which is quite a lot when contained under one yard. To make up for this, they might have other elements of your lawn caving in a bit. The good news is they usually live alone, so if you have one, you likely just have that one.


They’re most often dark brown, approximately 5 inches in length, and have largish eyes and ears. Unlike additives, they are very social animals and are known to purge yards fast due to the brief time it takes them to reproduce. They like to feed on grass and flower roots, but will settle for seeds or bulbs, or even the bark off of little trees and shrubs if nothing else is available. Fortunately, this damage is really simple to fix after the voles are removed.

Whether you’ve got voles or moles, or if you’re still unsure what pests are ruining your lawn, calling a professional pest control company will be able to clean things up quickly and easily. They will have your yard pest-free and will have the ability to provide some advice on ways to keep annoying yard critters from returning.

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