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Jun 11, 2015 11:36 AM CST
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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I suspect it is. I want to try to trap it, but I don't see an access hole, do you? Some pics and a short video.
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https://youtu.be/oaW6AH6pTxU
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Jun 11, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Or a mole, maybe? Our voles don't make surface tunnels like that, but our soil is different - possibly too sandy.
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Jun 11, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I would suspect a mole
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Jun 11, 2015 11:26 PM CST
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Moles usually leave an obvious mound I thought?
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Jun 11, 2015 11:33 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Moles usually leave surface tunnels.
http://molepro.com/pages/mole-...
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Jun 12, 2015 5:59 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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ok so what leaves the little volcanoes all over my yard
I have tunnels too, but lots of volcanoes.
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Jun 12, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Gophers create large dirt mounds but dig deeper tunnels.
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Jun 12, 2015 7:07 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have shallow tunnels.
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Jun 12, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Moles can leave both shallow tunnels seen along the surface of the ground, and mounds. Their mounds are somewhat different than gopher mounds.
http://molepro.com/pages/mole-...
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Jun 12, 2015 7:58 AM CST
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Lynn I am pretty sure the mole in that photo is smiling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jun 12, 2015 8:03 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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It makes me sad to see them. So far I have never had damage from them, so I don't try to kill them. The voles are what do damage, they like to use the existing mole and gopher holes for their runways. Our gopher snake takes care of that. Green Grin!
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Jun 12, 2015 8:10 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
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Where can I adopt a gopher snake?
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Jun 12, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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My moles only leave volcanoes, no surface tunnels. I do run across the tunnels occasionally when weeding - they are about 6-8 inches below surface. Pesky critters but they really don't do much damage, just make the lawn look like a field mine. We coexist.
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Jun 12, 2015 8:31 AM CST
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Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Looks like the Mole tunnels we get in our yard. Sometimes their entrance and exit holes can be good distances away. Last summer we had a tunnel coming from way over the other side of a neighbors yard, through her yard, beneath our fence and into our yard. One day I found a little dead mole in our yard. We don't use chemicals because we have a dog but the neighbor said she was going to ask her exterminator guy to do something so whatever he used must have done the job. I haven't seen any signs of tunnels this year. My mother in law usedto swear that stuffing their tunnels with human hair would get rid of them and it apparently worked for her. She'd collect hair from her hairbrushes and save it in a large zip lock bag and stuff it down in a couple of spots along the tunnels. I tried that once at our old house but only stuck it a little ways down in one hole and it didn't seem to work. Smiling
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Jun 12, 2015 12:41 PM CST
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We get them bad every 2-3 years. This year is a bad year. Our dog will hunt down any rodents within his fenced backyard. It is HIS yard! Thumbs up
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Jun 12, 2015 1:31 PM CST
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Claudia said:We get them bad every 2-3 years. This year is a bad year. Our dog will hunt down any rodents within his fenced backyard. It is HIS yard! Thumbs up


We had them bad last year. Nothing I used worked, I tried most everything from commercial repellents to folklore. Trapping is tricky and takes time and experience, I don't have the patience to use them. I had some result using a castor-oil based lawn spread. It's water-activated, and even though I gave it a good drink with the sprinkler, I didn't notice any real difference until after it got a good soaking with 1 or 2 days of Northwest rain.

Moles are carnivores and eat mainly earthworms and other grubs. They don't mean to kill plants, but when they tunnel around the roots they can indirectly damage or kill the plants.

Voles, on the other hand, go directly for the plant roots.
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Jun 12, 2015 1:47 PM CST
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We tried traps the first year we had them. I think we got one mole. But they were hard to use. Since moles do not do much if any plant damage we leave them alone now. But our dog is a terrier mix with hunting in his genetic makeup. So he goes after any rodent that enters his area. He has gotten 2 chipmunks, 1 shrew & 1vole over the last 4 years.

I worry much more about voles and the damage they can do.
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Jun 12, 2015 1:57 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Got to love those terriers, and cats. Here is one of our terriers hunting as a team with out cat. Both are death to any rodent, including moles. Funny thing is the dog will not kill the miniature wild bunnies we have here. She must think they are to cute and helpless. Whistling
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Jun 22, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Discovered this hole this morning by the faucet when I went to water the plants, vole?
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Jun 22, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Check this post for a link that may help to identify your critter:

http://garden.org/thread/view_...


Or take the easy way out and click here:
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