BURROWING PEST IDENTIFICATION
Burrowing pests — of the furry kind — can quickly turn your beautiful lawn into a sea of mounded soil and disrupted grass. When this happens, one of these three offenders is likely behind the burrowing mess:
- Gophers – These large, short-tailed rodents average 6 to 12 inches long, depending on the species. They have prominent, chisel-like front teeth used to feed on roots and other plant parts. Large, powerful claws for digging line their front feet.
- Moles – These midsize tunnel-makers grow 6 to 8 inches long, with small teeth that suit their earthwormand insect-heavy diet. Their distinctive pointy snout complements their tiny eyes, short front legs and heavily clawed, mitten-like front feet.
- Voles – These pests feed on plants — from roots to bark — and grow to about 4 to 8 inches long. Also known as meadow mice, voles are larger and stockier than common house mice. They also have shorter legs, fur-covered tails and ears nearly hidden by their longer fur.
SIGNS OF GOPHERS, MOLES AND VOLES
It sometimes takes a bit of digging, but it's relatively easy to identify signs left by gophers, moles and voles:
- Gopher mounds are fan-shaped. When viewed from the side, the dirt slopes upward to one side, away from the pest's hidden hole. Gopher tunnels stay hidden underground, invisible from above — unless heavy rains and erosion expose the network.
- Molehills are round, cone-like mounds that look balanced from all angles. Entry holes sit right in the cone's center. In addition to hills, moles also make tunnels just under the soil surface. You can see the raised tunnels from above. Heavy rains may break tunnels open.
- Vole damage doesn't involve tunnels or mounds. These pests make trench-like, above-ground runs between their holes. In summer, these pests hide their runways with grass. In winter, their trenches stay snow-covered until melting reveals the damage.
HOW TO CONTROL BURROWING PESTS
When burrowing pests strike your lawn and landscape, damage occurs above and below ground. Effective control options vary based on the pest and their habits, and your preferences for burrowing pest control. Amdro® brand offers several options to help preserve your peace and property:
- Amdro Mole* & Gopher‡ Bait comes in an easy-to-use shaker container. The pelletized bait must be placed in mounds, molehills and tunnels to kill moles* and gophers‡.
- Amdro Mole & Gopher Tunnel Trap mimics the dark tunnels that moles and gophers use. The trap captures moles and gophers without chemicals and offers easy, no-touch disposal.
- Amdro Mole, Vole & Gopher Blockers protect your plants from damage without killing the burrowing pests. The flexible stainless-steel mesh surrounds and shields plant roots and protects stems and trunks at ground level.
GOPHER, MOLE AND VOLE TIPS
When fighting burrowing pests, take steps to protect curious children, pets and other wildlife. Pests killed with bait may die outside their tunnels. Stay vigilant, dispose of dead pests promptly and keep safety foremost in mind.
*Not for mole use in California or Indiana Not for use against star-nosed mole in North Carolina.
‡Not for use against gophers in North Carolina
Always read product labels and follow the instructions carefully.
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