When the snow finally melts and people get back out into their
yards, don't be surprised if you find tunnels and holes in the lawns around Kansas City.
Seeing tunnels and holes many will immediately assume moles. While moles
have had millions of years of evolution in honing their excavation skills, they are not the only creatures that instinctively
dig or that will occupy mole tunnels. In fact, a variety of rodents (unrelated to moles) will gladly take advantage of abandoned
mole tunnels as safe passageways from area to area.
Voles are rodents and generally are 4-7 inches in body length with small eyes, ears, and stubby tail. They look like a
mouse with very small ears and virtually no tail. When seen, many people will call them field mice. They eat a variety; of
plants, grasses, crops and bark.
Notice in this photo the trails above the ground. These trails were created as small tunnels
under the snow pack while the vole traveled outside his burrow foraging for food, in this case eating the green grass plants.
is Simple 123!
Step 1 Get rid of the vole! You can do this with Gordon's poison pellets.
If you have pet concerns we can show you how to make a very simple trap.
Step 2 Rake the area, removing debris and dead
Step 3 Fill the vole trails and burrows withPrimeraFC®seed dressing, a weed free calcined clay chip. Generously pour the seed dressing
over the damaged areas, filling in all tunnel depressions. Using the flat back side of a garden rake level the mounds of seed
dressing with the ground.
Using PrimeraFC® is beneficial
to the soil and 100% weed free. Do not use top soil. Top
soil will be infested with weed seeds from the fields it was taken.
Step 4 Over seed those areas, at the baregound rate, with a quick germinating grass seed
mix. Green Love™,Macho Mix™, orEstate Mix™ are ideal for this situation. Fertilize with Golf Course Starter™ and water