By Bill Willis and Bill Steinmetz
December 12, 2017
If you garden, then you may have experienced the feeling of having moles or voles underfoot, even during winter months. These critters are very common in North Carolina, and they enjoy a good landscape with lots of flora and fauna as much as we do. At some point, as a gardener, you will likely ask the question: "What is happening to my lawn?"
If you are fortunate to have a cat or dog who shares their kills with you, then that will help immensely with identification. However, much can be deduced by the animal’s use of the landscape (see slideshow photos).
These three animals are part of the ecosystem. Before making a mountain out of a molehill, consider just why these notorious three may be sharing your landscape. Remove debris and food sources, employ good culture practices, mow regularly, and plow to disrupt tunnels, and you may see them move onto another neighbor’s lawn in search of food and a more hospitable habitat. Use more aggressive practices like trapping and baiting as last resorts.
Thanks to JC Ehrilich for providing many of these facts.