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Moles or Voles - how do we tell and then what?

Posted by selbybay Chesapeake Bay (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 6, 06 at 9:02

Our yard is over run with some type of burrowing critters - the land is about a block from the bay and the soil is very sandy. We have not seen any of the animals, but our dogs (Westie terriers) are constantly digging at the tunnel entries - which there are many of. We are only there on weekends but would like to find a way to send these guys packing as the yard is becoming a maze of shallow tunnels. I read a few articles online and one suggestion is to put a metal barrier around your property to prevent tunnels - my thought was to run the fence perimeter (the recommendation is about 1 ft. in the ground and 6" above. Then begin trapping the Moles or Voles. The article was from a person living in the southwest US and I'm not sure if the same thing will work in the mid eastern bay area. Also his article is about moles and gophers - I don't know what we have, and I don't think there are gophers in our area - how do we tell if they are moles or voles?

Will appreciate any assistance.

Mike in Edgewater

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RE: Moles or Voles - how do we tell and then what?

I've had mole problems in my yard. I've used castor oil products and sonic mole repellent stakes. The castor oil only seemed to work a few weeks. The stakes seem to work the best, only you need a lot of them (I have 5 to cover .15 acres) and you have to replace the batteries frequently. Once the batteries get weak, the moles come right back.


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