Moles? Voles? Other?

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Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by bombri » May 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm

Hey all, I've had similar winter damage in my yard each of the past couple years. While the KBG eventually fills in, it takes a while and isn't completely absent poa in it's self repair effort. Not to mention, it's unsightly for a few months while it heals. Most importantly, is there any way to prevent this in the upcoming winter?

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by andy10917 » May 16th, 2020, 5:57 pm

Bombri ?!?!?!?!?! Where the hell have you been??

I'm no expert on Moles, but Voles I've had. That does not look like Vole damage to me.

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by bombri » May 16th, 2020, 6:19 pm

Hey Andy how are ya? In short I've been busy traveling around the country, the world, building a house and starting a family. Needless to say, less time to post personally and help others. The new house and yard are great minus the never ending battle with poa and a bit of the neighbors creeping bent. I'll update some of my other posts tonight so you can see how things turned out.

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by bpgreen » May 17th, 2020, 1:24 am

I agree with Andy. Voles leave surface trails all over the lawn and a few (or in my case this year, dozens of) small holes to their dens.

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by bombri » May 22nd, 2020, 11:50 pm

Any others have ideas on what could be causing this damage?


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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by Wally » May 23rd, 2020, 3:39 pm

You ever see or smell skunks? They will scratch and dig to find grubs.

Just a thought.

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by bombri » May 23rd, 2020, 4:32 pm

Thanks for the reply. Fortunately, we have never seen or smelled skunks at our house.

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Re: Moles? Voles? Other?

Post by JHazzardB » May 25th, 2020, 10:19 am

I'm with wally. I've had a lot of that damage before (looks very similar). It was raccoons for me. I think raccoons, skunks, and possums? will all dig for surface insects. I set out a little trap with some cat food in it and caught 3 of them.

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