Moles, Voles, and Gophers (Oh My!): Who Dug Up the Yard?

No matter where you live — be it on a farm in Kansas or your own version of the Emerald City — you may find that pests try their best to move in and wreak havoc on your property. If they do enough damage, you may find the sentiment that “there’s no place like home” no longer holds true. After all, no one wants a yard that’s covered in holes or a house that’s infested with pests (and we aren’t talking about jitterbugs or flying monkeys).

Fortunately, you don’t have to go “somewhere over the rainbow” to seek out relief. Our experts can help identify the creatures who have invaded your space and make sure they don’t come back. We’ve made getting rid of gophers and other creatures — like moles and voles — our entire business. But it might give you some peace of mind to know a bit more about what you might be dealing with. These tips can help you figure out who dug up that yard and “follow the yellow brick road” to your mole, vole, or gopher removal service — no ruby slippers required.

Moles

These solitary creatures are basically blind and don’t often come up to the surface. If you do happen to catch a glimpse of one, they might be on the younger side or are in the midst of trying to find a mate. They’re usually gray, black, brown, or gold and have slender snouts and paddle-like arms. While they do not eat plants (they love earthworms, snails, ants, beetles, and centipedes), they’ll do a lot of damage to your yard. Telltale signs of moles include trails of raised soil (known as surface runways) and deep tunnels that have mounds on top (these are actually known as mole hills!).

Voles

Voles, also known as meadow mice, are relatively small but have large appetites. Unlike moles, these guys are actually rodents and have a furry, gray-brown appearance. They’re rather stocky little critters, measuring somewhere between four and 10 inches in length including their tails. They do make lengthy pathways, like both gophers and moles, but they can usually be found near plants and grasses. They may also make shallow holes and create underground dens. They don’t make big mounds like moles do, but they can also do harm to your trees (they love bark!) and other plants.

Gophers

For many homeowners, getting rid of gophers may be a big concern. Like voles, pocket gophers are rodents. But you’d be more likely to mistake them for a groundhog or large rat than for a mouse. They’re typically between seven and 12 inches long and are mostly brown in appearance, and their yellow buck teeth can always be seen. Gophers make their homes in burrows that consist of many tunnels, which can reach 200 to 2,000 square feet in length! However, you might not even see gopher tunnels; instead, you may see fan-shaped mounds complete with exit holes on the side. You may have only one gopher in your yard, but you’ll still need to consider gopher trapping as just one single creature can create multiple mounds a day and munch on your garden until nothing is left.

These small critters may be cute in theory, but they’re definitely no Toto. If you’ve seen evidence that someone has moved in to your yard, you’ll need to take action fast. Getting rid of gophers, moles, and voles isn’t an easy job, but with our help, you’ll be able to tell those guys to begone. Ready to find out more about our gopher services? Contact us today.