JoAnne Skelly
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October 22, 2011
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JoAnne Skelly: Is it a mole or a vole? Check your trees

Last week's article on moles brought a comment from a reader that the critters destroying lawns are not moles, but voles. He is right; meadow voles or meadow mice are destroying lawns, too. While moles usually stay underground, voles leave silver-dollar-size holes in the lawn, with surface runways and shallow tunnels often evident. My cat easily catches voles. Moles eat earthworms and insects, and voles eat plant material such as roots, bark, stems, tubers and leaves. Voles often kill trees by eating the bark and underlying layer, girdling the stem, particularly in the winter under the snow. When you see …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Oct 22, 2011 01:38AM Published Oct 22, 2011 01:36AM Copyright 2011 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.