A vole is a small critter that resembles a mouse. If you notice tracks in your lawn after the snow melts that look as if a garden hose was laid on the lawn for a few days, then you had a vole under the snow. (Please see the pictures of a Vole and Vole damage). The picture of vole damage was taken on February 19, 2011 in the Beacon Square Subdivision at 21 Mile Road and Romeo Plank in Macomb Township, MI. Voles like to create and live in tunnels under the snow. You don’t have to worry about the damaged, it will fill in as your lawn begins to green up and grow.
If you can find the tunnel they are living in then you can insert some vole poison that can be purchase at most hardware stores. Read the directions carefully. I prefer not to use the poison because of the possibility of other animals such as dogs or cats coming into contact with it. I have posted a video that gives a good example on how to trap this critter. Notice how he creates the tunnels.
Most of the time voles are not a major problem but if you would like more information or would like to discuss a plan of correction feel free to call or contact us on our website or on face book. We are not licensed to trap voles but can walk you through the process.
About the Author
Patrick Wesley is a Master Gardener and founder of Master Gardener Lawn Care located in Macomb County, Michigan. Pat provides organic based lawn fertilizing services throughout Macomb County, Oakland County and Berrien County, Michigan. Master Gardener Lawn Care was established in 1991 and provides lawn fertilizing, core aeration, weed control, soil testing and insect control. For more information on our lawn fertilizing services or to request a free lawn care analysis please visit our Free Lawn Fertilizing Service Estimate page.