- 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.
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