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  • Moles - Moles are not rodents.  They belong to a group of mammals called Insectivora and are more closely related to shrews.  Moles are 5"-8" long with short, velvety fur that is usually silver-gray to gray.  They have greatly enlarged front feet and prominent digging claws.  Moles generally feed on earthworms, grubs, ants and other arthropods found in the soil.  They can be very destructive to lawns and gardens.  They eat a small amount of seeds and vegetable matter but rarely eat bulbs or the roots of garden plants.  Moles are active day and night but are more noticeable in the Spring and Fall after rain showers when they push up more tunnels and mounds.
  • Voles - Meadow voles are about 7" long with a short, 1 1/2" tail and chestnut brown mixed with black color.  Voles construct runways through the grass instead of underground tunnels.  They eat grasses, herbs, and the bark of young trees and ornamentals.
  • Shrews - Shrews are mouse-sized mammals of the Insectivora group.  The shrew's diet consists of beetles, grasshoppers, butterfly and moth larvae, wasps, crickets, spiders, snails, earthworms, slugs, centipedes....well, you get the idea.  They also eat small birds, mice, small snakes and even other shrews if given the opportunity.  Seeds, roots and other vegetable matter are also on their menu.

There's a new mole control product in town and it's causing quite a stir.  Talpirid is its name.  Call or email us and we'll be happy to talk with you about this innovative new product.


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