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I have voles that are digging up my lawn, how do I get rid of them?
They are leaving dirt piles and holes all over my lawn. I have tried to drown them, but they are still here and digging.
Try bubble gum or Juicy Fruit gum. Find the entrance to the burrow or probe with a metal rod to find the tunnel, then drop in a piece of unwrapped gum and seal the probe hole or entrance. The voles/gophers/moles are attracted to the sweet gum, will eat it, cannot digest it, and will die underground. No mess to clean up.
We have a horrible issue with voles! I read somewhere to use instant mashed potato flakes. Pour them in the holes and the critters will eat them, the flakes will expand in their stomachs and kill them. I bought the flakes but haven't tried yet as we need to mow the lawn and it's been too hot. I assume the potato flakes would affect pets or other critters in the same way so I want to be sure to get them in the vole holes and reduce risk of affecting other animals.
I used Poison Peanuts to get rid of the moles in my yard. It worked great and haven't seen one in years. I think I bought it at Lowes, or Home Depot.
Ok I have one of these issue critters so how do u know which ones u might have?
This article focuses a little more on prevention. https://metromolecontrol.com/vole/how-to-prevent-voles/
If you have voles you can either trap them with regular mousetraps baited with peanut butter and birdseed. Many people will drill a hole through the center of the trap and drive the trap into the ground with a nail. A vole is a bit larger than a mouse and this makes the trap more stable when it snaps. The other option is poison using a secure bait station. Commercial poison works better than most. Sometimes it's helpful to use different types of poisons. Voles can get used to one type of poison and simply ignore it.
In small areas, trapping may be an effective way of reducing vole populations. Try Havahart live vole traps situated perpendicular to the widest vole runways or near the nesting sites at the base of trees and shrubs. Bait traps with peanut butter. Set baits midday to early evening when voles get more active.
We tried the gum method, and it worked! IT took a while, and we had to be diligent.