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    Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Sorry for yet another turf thread, but this seems somewhat unique. I have random lines of turf dying in my front and side yard. Much of it is still barely active and not yet dormant for the winter. I Googled the symptoms and discovered Voles or Meadow Mice, which I've never heard of destroying lawns. I'm guessing this is my problem. Any suggestions or experience on how to kill the little suckers?



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Cats do a good job of killing mice. Maybe try a rat terrier. You can bait. Go to a farm supply store and get the yellow blocks of bait (cannot think of what its called) they go right after it and it does a good job of killing them. I know they are not like field mice but if the bait will call a rat it should kill meadow mice.


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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Had some voles a few years back - had a heck of a time getting rid if them. The description you game makes me think this is your situation too.....they make small paths just below the surface, eating grass roots. They look just like mice, but mouse traps don't work on them.

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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    It's kids, tell 'em to get off the damm lawn.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    We used to have problems with moles. If that what you have, you'll see wandering trail where the grass pushes up and dies eventually. I used a spring loaded trap from Farm&Fleet to skewer the boogers.

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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    I knew of a gentlemen once that had moles. He plugged all the holes to their tunnels he could find and pumped anhydours ammonia into thier burroughs (he worked at the local coop). Not sure if he killed them, but he had the greenest healthiest grass trails wandering through his yard that you've ever seen.


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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    There is mole and vole poison sold at your local hardware store. I speak from experience on this. Take care of them before they decide to come inside! They're quick and shifty.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Traps may not work well with the ground starting to freeze. This stuff works great. I try not to touch it with my bare hands (to keep human sent off). Also make sure you are useing it in fresh (active) runs. You can buy at Theisens or Menards

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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    Had some voles a few years back - had a heck of a time getting rid if them. The description you game makes me think this is your situation too.....they make small paths just below the surface, eating grass roots. They look just like mice, but mouse traps don't work on them.

    Good luck.
    Yep, they are building their tunnels for winter.


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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    Sorry for yet another turf thread, but this seems somewhat unique. I have random lines of turf dying in my front and side yard. Much of it is still barely active and not yet dormant for the winter. I Googled the symptoms and discovered Voles or Meadow Mice, which I've never heard of destroying lawns. I'm guessing this is my problem. Any suggestions or experience on how to kill the little suckers?
    If it is indeed voles, this was my final and successful solution: Vole Control, Vole Bait, Vole Poison, Kill Voles with Kaput
    As already mentioned traps don't work and cats cannot keep up with how fast they reproduce. I used the block type in their tunnel opening covered with a rock. Make sure to survey the area for dead ones, you don't want pets to get poisoned voles. (Unfortunately they don't all die in the ground). After two weeks you will be vole free.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamacyclone View Post
    We used to have problems with moles. If that what you have, you'll see wandering trail where the grass pushes up and dies eventually. I used a spring loaded trap from Farm&Fleet to skewer the boogers.

    Victor Mole Trap Plunger, Model# 0645 | Rodent Control| Northern Tool + Equipment

    Thanks for the feedback. The dead grass lines are narrower than this and the ground isn't pushed up so it's likely voles.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    You need a cat named Willow



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Yah, this sounds like a mole, rather than a vole.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Quote Originally Posted by pdxclone View Post
    If it is indeed voles, this was my final and successful solution: Vole Control, Vole Bait, Vole Poison, Kill Voles with Kaput
    As already mentioned traps don't work and cats cannot keep up with how fast they reproduce. I used the block type in their tunnel opening covered with a rock. Make sure to survey the area for dead ones, you don't want pets to get poisoned voles. (Unfortunately they don't all die in the ground). After two weeks you will be vole free.
    Any idea where I can buy this stuff? The website doesn't appear to sell it directly. Just wants me to call a phone number for more information.



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    Re: Grass dying in random lines - Voles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    Any idea where I can buy this stuff? The website doesn't appear to sell it directly. Just wants me to call a phone number for more information.
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