I have voles that are digging up my lawn, how do I get rid of them?

by Fawn
They are leaving dirt piles and holes all over my lawn. I have tried to drown
them, but they are still here and digging.
  13 answers
  • Mary Lou Mary Lou on Sep 27, 2016
    Moth balls down the holes
  • San10693336 San10693336 on Sep 27, 2016
    I was infested to...i got these nice metal windspinners an placed in different places in my huge yard.....no more pests. The vibe from them spinning ran them off....they didn't like it.
  • Dar Dar on Sep 27, 2016
    Voles are after the worms and grubs that crawl into their tunnels. Find an active tunnel by stepping on a raised one in your lawn. If it is "raised" up the next day it is active. Find several of these and pierce them with a screwdriver or piece of wood. Invert several cans of insect fogger into the holes you made and activate them. This kills their food source and they will move on. We had to repeat this twice and it's been four years and still no voles.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 27, 2016
    Gasoline, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid or paint thinner, pour down a couple holes step back and light. The fumes and gas will go into the tunnels and you will have small 'flame pop ups' all over where the tunnels are active. They will be history.
  • Roger Bogosh Sr Roger Bogosh Sr on Sep 27, 2016
    fashion an exhaust pipe from your lawn mower (1 inch electrical flex would work well) and run it into the hole as far as you can and run for awhile the co will kill them and be intern into their duged grave..
  • Mary Mary on Sep 27, 2016
    Poisonous tablets that you can purchase at a store like Tractor Supply. A pitchfork, if you are standing near the tunnels and see bumpy movement. Moles and voles usually are both there. Also I think that bird seed draws voles
  • Sedwi Sedwi on Sep 27, 2016
    Buy a bag of Grub Stop and spread. If you get rid of the grubs, the voles will leave. Works every time.
  • Ellen Knope Ellen Knope on Sep 27, 2016
    NO, NO, NO! I live in California (Lake Tahoe Basin), and are not allowed to use poisons, pour gasoline, paint thinner...all of the above. Save your money ! Go to the store and buy a pack or two of Juicy Fruit Gum. Carefully unwrap (no human scent) and roll it up. Drop one in each of the holes. Yes it works, and in a jiffy !
  • James Antoine James Antoine on Sep 28, 2016
    Cut the lawn low for the winter months, voles like the soft fresh growth of the blade of grass and use the old as protecting them from the elements remove any dead grass from there trails... You should be able to get some bait from a pest control company for under $20 and use a plastic tub & anchor in place of infestation... Or get a cat, just saying...
    • Fawn Fawn on Sep 28, 2016
      The neighbors and us have five cats but, they can't keep up.
  • There's some confusion here! Voles do not tunnel nor do they eat grubs or earthworms- MOLES do and Voles travel through mole tunnels. Voles eat tender roots and bulbs (so do gophers and chipmunks travel through and eat too) Castor Oil, a bit of Dawn dishwashing liquid, and water mixed and pour down the holes and on the runs. You need to get rid of grubs that are the food source and you can do this naturally with milky spores or beneficial nematodes which are not harmful to the environment. Please do not use poisons or mothballs beause they are toxic and hurt the environment.
    • Ellen Knope Ellen Knope on Sep 29, 2016
      You are right. Ours ate 1/3 of our large lawn and you don't know they are there munching away under the snow!
  • Shirley Hammond Shirley Hammond on Sep 28, 2016
    Or get a Golden Retriever, they are death on voles & moles.
  • Betty Dreiling Betty Dreiling on Sep 29, 2016
    I'm having the same problem with Moles this year they are terrible.
    • Fawn Fawn on Sep 29, 2016
      This my second year with them. I slow them down by trying to drowned them but I STILL he them. The cats help and so does the dog. I am going to try thr juicy fruit gum idea. I already tried gummy bears cause a friend told me she heard that worked.
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Oct 01, 2016
    Someone told me to dig into their runs and bury some soiled cat litter. It works. None of them can stand the smell. Neither can groundhogs.
    • Adele Kurtz Adele Kurtz on Oct 01, 2016
      Yep Done that! Not sure if it helped. But it sure was satisfying. he hee