Lizzie: Hi, this is Lizzie. We get rid of voles, moles and gophers in holes! How may I help you?
Caller: I’m desperate. I’ve had my house on the market for a long time now, and I’ve even dropped the price. It’s a really great house, and a lot of people are interested, but they want me to lower the price even more because of the yard. I just can’t afford to lose any money.
Lizzie: I’m happy you called. Let’s see how we can help you. You say there’s a problem with the yard? What’s going on?
Caller: There’s these dead spots all over the front and back yard. Well, they’re not really dead spots, they’re more like dead trails. Trails of dead grass all over the front yard and the back yard. And, some of our really nice fruit trees are dying.
Lizzie: Uh, huh. And, are there big piles of dirt everywhere?
Caller: Not really, no. It’s just these big, snaky trails all over. Looks like a road map out there.
Lizzie: Have you seen large holes?
Caller: Well, we’ve seen a couple of smallish holes. Like, about the size of a quarter, or like someone shoved a broomstick at an angle into the ground.
Lizzie: Sounds to me like you need our help to get rid of voles.
Caller: Voles? Aren’t those kind of like mice? We have a nice house here, not a dirty . . .
Lizzie: I’m sure your house is absolutely lovely! Voles are a little bit like mice, but they generally don’t get into your home. They like to stay in a yard that has a lot of tall grass or dense shrubbery. Places for them to hide.
Caller: Tall grass? That explains it, I guess. We had a lot of things going on, and I didn’t really mow the lawn down that much before the first big snow fall. It was kind of long, but I didn’t think there’d be any problem.
Lizzie: They really do prefer the taller grasses, because they can tunnel around, stay warm, and stay out of sight of their natural predators. They’ll burrow around in the grass under the snow, and chew through roots and eat bulbs if you’ve planted any. They may also be responsible for your fruit trees dying. Are there rings of bark missing around the base?
Caller: Dang it all, yes! Can you do anything? I just have to sell this house! We’re moving in a month and it’s got to be gone before then!
Lizzie: We can certainly get rid of the voles, to prevent them from damaging your yard any further. May I suggest a couple of good landscapers to repair the damage they’ve already caused?
Caller: That’d be great. How soon can you all get out here?