Grand Rapids Michigan Mole and Vole Control – What Do I Have?

February 7th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

How Do I Know If I Have Moles or Voles?!

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While both moles and voles are small mammals that burrow underground, they show different signs of activity and behaviors. Recognizing these distinctions is crucial for effectively managing issues related to their presence, particularly in gardening, landscaping, and overall lawn care.

Mole Activity:

  • Signs include dirt piles, surface ridges, and trails that squish when you walk on them.
  • This activity is the result of moles excavating tunnels underground and pushing up soil to the surface.
  • Moles primarily feed on earth worms which is why permanent removal is not 100% guaranteed.
  • Their tunneling behavior is extensive, creating complex networks of tunnels underground.
  • Moles prefer moist, loose soil and are often found in gardens, fields, and woodland areas.
  • Their activity can be overwhelming in the Spring when snow begins to melt and Fall as temperatures cool down.

Vole Activity:

  • Signs include surface runways, gnaw marks on plants, and the presence of burrow entrances in grassy areas or under vegetation.
  • Voles primarily feed on plant material such as grasses, roots, seeds, and bulbs.
  • They create shallower tunnels compared to moles, often hidden beneath grass or vegetation.
  • In the grass, you’ll notice what looks like as if a garden hose had been laying on the yard.
  • Voles inhabit various environments including grasslands, meadows, and orchards.
  • Like moles, their activity can be overwhelming in the Spring when snow begins to melt and Fall as temperatures cool down.


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Protect your landscaping

November 1st, 2021 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

November Facebook Contest Winner

November 25th, 2020 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Bobbi Love (DeJonge) for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free service. Bobbi has won a Vole Repellent treatment in the foundational landscape beds around her home.

Each month we give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes. Want a chance to win a free service? Just LIKE our Facebook page.

No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs. Bobbi, please contact us to set up this free service. Congrats again Bobbi!


Talk of the Town

April 8th, 2019 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Jim was interviewed on Wood Radio’s Talk of the Town on 4/7/19.  Click on the link below to hear the interview.

Voles & Rabbits

April 18th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

October Vole Control Winner

October 2nd, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Kin Ma, on winning our October drawing! Because this is the time of year to prepare your lawn/landscape for vole damage, we thought it best fitting to give away vole service. Give us a call Kin, to schedule your Vole Control this Fall. (616) 554-9499

Vole Damage This Winter

September 26th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Vole damage usually peaks in the winter months, as voles can run around under the snow unchecked by their natural predators. The most common damage we see is holes in the turf, peeled bark around shrubs/young trees and tracks all throughout the yard.  Below is a few examples:

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February Monthly Winner!

February 7th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations Richard Mann on winning a free application of vole control!  Tuff Turf MoleBusters holds monthly drawings for free services. Like us on Facebook to be entered for your chance to win services like free fertilizer/weed control, outdoor insect control, mosquito control and many more!

Throwback Thursday

January 16th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

10 Years Later

You can still expect the same level of customer care, with even more services provided.  Tuff Turf has grown leaps and bounds since this picture, but has not lost any of its credibility as a company that puts customer service first.

Vole Damage

March 13th, 2013 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Voles have been hard at work this winter. As the snow melts you may see the damage they have created. Many people confuse this for mole damage, but voles are to blame for this.