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Advice for dealing with Moles and Voles

Holes?  Oh  No --  Voles!!

Question: I know this hasbeen covered on past shows,but what are your suggestions on identifying and driving off thoseburrowingcritters, voles and moles?  Thanks,

                                   ----JohnCorcoran; Lansdale, PA

Question:Dear Mike: On arecent show you talked with a woman from NC about mole controlusingbeneficial nematodesand milky spore disease. We live in Goldsboroand have also been plagued by moles in the natural areas of our yard. Ihavejust ordered nematodes from Gardens Alive!.Please remind me of the details onusing milky spore. Thanks for your help. I love your show and listeneveryweek.
                                   ---DianaPike; Goldsboro, NorthCarolina

Question: Overthe pastfew months my backyard has suddenly changed from a grassy square to aplacewhere the earth is no longer level, with holes all over. I have 3 dogsand sonever use chemicals outside. What could be doing this to my backyardand whatcan I do of a healthy nature to get rid of the problem?Thanks. You are mybest resource.
                                   ----SheilaBodine; Princeton, NJ


Answer: Boy, Sheila's plaintiveplea sure reminds me ofwhen Princess Leia sent that message to Obi Wan, doesn't it? I'm comin'Sheil—just let me find those Daylily droids and my trusty Slug-Saberand I'llsave you from that nasty Darth Diazanon!

            Allseriousness aside, our email has been absolutely burning up withsimilarcomplaints. Generally DEER win the 'Pestof theYear' award, but so far moles and voles are hands down thebiggestproblem our gardeners are confronting early this season. So first,let'sdiscuss the important differences between these underground pests:

Molesare mostly blind, strange looking little guys with BIG front claws thateatgrubs and earthworms in lawns. They NEVER eat plants; but theirraisedtunnels can make your lawn look really bumpy.

Volesmake lots of little holes in the ground; they look morelikemice, but with really long weaseley snouts. Voles are a HUGE gardenthreat;they eat plants, and lots of 'em. Their favorites foods are tulip bulbsand theroots of plants like hostas.


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