Help ID This Problem

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mwdesign1, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. mwdesign1

    mwdesign1 LawnSite Member
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    This is a photo taken today 3-18-08. Can you ID the problem. I dethatched today and exposed bare soil beneath these track marks. Is this a mole problem?

    Location: Omaha, Nebraska
    Turf: Fescue / Bluegrass / Rye
    Problem Areas: Perimeter of Property at Several Locations

    These areas did not show signs of problems in the fall and have been covered by snow most of the winter.

    Thanks For the Help

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  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Shrews. This is very common...especially near field and ditch areas. This will heal right up and close up once the grass starts growing.
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah, shrews is my guess, have seen it a few times here. throw a little seed over and rake in, problem solved
  4. Frank Fescue

    Frank Fescue LawnSite Senior Member
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    cloverfield monster damage. call in the army.
  5. EA Quinn

    EA Quinn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks like vole damage to me. Ive never heard of a shrew? Are they big down south? Are they the same as a vole?
  6. mwdesign1

    mwdesign1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Thanks for the replies and information.

    Moles, Shrews, Voles

    There are no raised tunnels so this probably eliminates moles.

    Voles is my guess due to the surface paths and turf damage.

    I am not familiar with shrews in this area.
  7. magland

    magland LawnSite Member
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    It's voles. They tunnel in the grass above the soil under the snow. You don't see the damage until the snow is gone. The only shrews around here are some of my customers.
  8. Mr.GreenJeans89

    Mr.GreenJeans89 LawnSite Member
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    I vote for VOLES!!
  9. boats47

    boats47 LawnSite Member
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    Well boys it looks like the VOLES have it....YAHHAHHA. I find the 12ga using a moderate load of 00 buck should solve any further issues, so should encounter.
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    Voles (aka Meadow mice). Lots of "evidence" here too cuz we had nearly four months of snow cover. By now they have migrated to the woods, and after the first mowing or so, you won't even know you had 'em. No need to rake or do anything.

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