Moles, Voles And Gophers - Knowledgebase Question

Fayetteville, NC
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Question by robynrags
March 2, 2001
How do you tell the difference between a mole, vole or gopher? I have tunnels but no mounds. A lot of my bulbs have come up but a lot didn't come up which may be due to them being old bulbs which were not stored properly. I have more bulbs to plant but want to know what I am dealing with first. I have read your other questions so I know what the remedies are for each one I'm just not sure which one I have.


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 2001
Voles are tiny creatures, and are sometimes referred to as field mice. They don't dig tunnels or make large mounds. Moles don't always make visible, above-ground tunnels, either, but can simply make mounds of soil, with a hole in the top, along their paths. If the mounds are fan-shaped with a hole near the edge, you probably have an infestation of gophers. Hope this helps!

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