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Grub control app to keep winter voles away

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, May 9, 2011.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280


    Don't deal with grubs much up here, so need some valued input.

    Are voles attracted to grubs, so that they are damaging lawns over the winter months under the snow? I have a customer that had some vole damage over the winter, and he thinks they are after grubs and now he is interested in laying down a grub app, thinking that will then keep voles away. Any truth to this?

    Note - this lawn does not have any visible grub damage in and of itself. The control product would be applied as a secondary measure for voles.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    i never heard of grubs attracting voles. He is no doubt confusing them with moles--and the idea that moles eat grubs is very much in dispute. In fact years ago I caught a live more and it --ate a few worms that I gave it. Also crawled right through a line of castor oil I left in front of it.
    Please someone catch a live mole and let us know if they actually eat grubs.
    And test the various noisemakers and other replelents too.
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    This is really a customer relations problem. If he wants grub control--do it. But don't guarantee to eliminate voles. In fact voles like tall grass and thick bushes. If you concentrate on placing poison bait stations near there in fall just before snow--or mouse traps you would probably do more good. Need vertebrate liscense.
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,235

    Never seen or heard of a vole digging 12" into the ground to get at grubs during the winter. S'pose it could happen, but they mostly eat plant material--burning bush bark, junipers, etc.

    Supposedly they use mole tunnels, which I wasn't aware, so maybe they do go after grubs. That isn't there main food source though.

    I'd try to educate the customer, but if they're convinced, not much you can do.
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Riggle I knew you loved this video so here it is again :drinkup:

    As for the voles, I'm with Riggle you can only guarantee the grup will disappear and repair the damage caused by the grub. Voles, much like moles you can't guarantee they will go bye bye. Not knowing much about voles but if they are anything like moles which sounds like they are from the treads I've read on here, trapping is the only solution and I'm a firm believer after having killed a bunch around my property now what was left run to my neighbors yards and even run across the street and have not looked back. :drinkup:

    I think they spread the word too, hey guy.. don't go over there that yard bites :laugh:

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