Moles, voles, or shrews

March 9th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

As the snow melts in Michigan we see the damage created by pests under the snow.  It can be difficult to distinguish the damage between moles, voles, and shrews.  As a general rule moles do not like to come out of the ground.  However, in the winter they can come out of the ground and still be under the snow.  Eastern moles tend to leave large piles.  Star nosed moles leave smaller piles that are very close together.  Voles and shrews will eat the grass at ground level.

mole vs vole

Some damage is not that easy to distinguish, which is where we can help.  Our professionals run into problems like in the picture below on a frequent basis.

Vole Damage in the lawns

March 31st, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

When the snow melts we see a lot of damage caused by animals during the winter.  Many people confuse vole damage with mole damage.  The damage in these pictures was actually caused by voles.