Turf Tips: Moles and Voles
by Nellie Neal
It happens too often, in too many gardens. Youve grown a nice green patch of turfgrass and flanked it with gently curving beds full of flowers and shrubs. Then one day, the four-legged pests arrive like unexpected relatives on holiday, ready to tear up the garden. Each part of the country has culprits, like moles, voles, and armadillos, each ready to dig and rip through your garden in search of food.
Holes appear in the freshly tilled soil, and tender plants can collapse in the wake of hungry voles. These little rodents sometimes reach three inches long and burrow relentlessly. Classic mole runs rise up across the lawn overnight, and no matter how many you stomp down, new ones appear. Armadillos and other such marauders really dig your garden, leaving holes and dead plants tossed aside. Digging, burrowing, and chewing mammals cost you money and deprive you of gardening joy when they tear up plants and soils. Many a gardener surveys the damage and wails, "Why me? Why not the neighbors gardens?"
The answer may lie in simple garden practices, or the lack of them. Well-cultivated soil, whether in a bed or under a healthy lawn, welcomes eager diggers and makes their intrusion easier. Worse yet, each time you dig new dirt, you create a more hospitable environment for the insects, white grubs and others, that those mammals are seeking. The good news is that the same chemical products that can control white grubs also control fleas and ants. By treating with granular insecticides containing Dursban or Diazinon, you remove the itch and bite of fleas and ants as well as the turf-chewing white grubs that seem to lure the bigger pests to your garden.
Try treating for insects to deter moles, voles, and armadillos. You and your pets will benefit from the flea control. Its much simpler than training cats to chase voles and flooding the runs or poisoning the environment without success against moles. Folks try playing loud music, leaving lights on, and baiting armadillo traps with dry cat food, but even if you catch them, then what?
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