Please help identify problem!!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by radconjohn, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. radconjohn

    radconjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    For the past couple of years at the begining of spring and when the snow starts to melt, I have been getting these "burrows" developing. They look like mole tunnels or piles of turd droppings. It looks like something is hibernating in the ground over the winter and coming out in the spring. I have attached pictures to see if someone can help me figure out what it is and how to combat it.
    Thank you for any information and help!

  2. radconjohn

    radconjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    another pic

  3. radconjohn

    radconjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    another pic


    Thank you for any help!!
  4. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I would say Voles, which are like mice. Especially the last picture. But I have nver really seen those above ground tunnels????
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    agree with leo. i have 3 properties that have the same problem coming oout of winter every year.
  6. jbc1013

    jbc1013 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

  7. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Yep, Moles, they suck! My moles are active all winter. We don't have snow on the ground all winter, so the just tunnel as normal. There is tons of damage out there now from the little bast****s.
  8. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Moles, Mice and Rats do that here.
  9. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,126

    If you are determined and persistant enough, you might be able to trap them out enough to really reduce the damage. I moved into a house in N CA that had just been built on a old horse pasture that was full of gophers. I tried several other things before resorting to spring loaded traps that pierce the gopher with a spike. You put the traps in the underground tunnel entrance. I did it every day for several weeks, or so, before they really thinned out (this was on a 1 acre yard). After that, I'd just put out a few traps when the tunnels re-appeared.
    I was worried about doing it at first because I had 2 dogs in that fenced in yard, but they never got caught in a trap. I even had my next door neighbor, who had lived there 30 years, come over and tell me he couldn't believe it, the gophers were almost gone from his yard, too.
    Haven't tried it on moles or voles, but I don't think they're much different from the gophers.
    It WILL take persistence, though.

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