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Moles and Voles

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. As an extension agent, I should consider problems associated with turf grass a job security bonanza. Not only do we get   calls concerning diseases and weeds, there’re also   homeowners who are plagued by moles and voles. Moles are insectivores with earthworms rating high on their list of preferred food but they also dine on grubs  and other soil   insects. Some homeowner think that applying a grub control product will starve out  moles, but actually these underground tunneling animals will find enough subterranean insects to thrive. In the plus column, moles  eat many nuisance insect larvae like Japanese beetles and their tunneling aerates the soil. Problems occurs when tunnels cause heaving of the soil   and  dislodges the roots of grass and interrupts croquet play. Also, those pesky voles cheerfully use mole tunnels as highways to plant roots which they nibble and gnaw and destroy.