I’m 99% positive there are voles in my lawn; that or aliens that look like voles are creating aimless crop circles into my grass (I wish it was the aliens). Two weeks ago in between the winter storm breaks, the snow at my house started to melt and I noticed that there were long stretches of dead grass cutting through the green stuff. It wouldn’t have made me worry except that it was all over the lawn. In almost any patch I uncovered you could see dead grass, and that was only the beginning.
Within a couple of days of noticing the dry strips, my cat started bringing home dead mice. Except they weren’t mice, their ears were smaller and tails were shorter, I was a little baffled because I didn’t know what my cat was bringing home! I figured that the two had to be connected because they showed up around the same time, so I did my research. It didn’t take that long to solve the mystery, five minutes on Google and I knew: there were voles in my lawn. I learned a couple of things like voles are attracted to moisture, making them more common in winter and spring months; and that they can carry a deadly virus called the Hauntavirus.
Once I read that last part, I was freaked out. Not only were these things killing my lawn and gardens, but my cat had already killed and eaten four of them and they could kill us back with some virus! That’s when I started trying to get rid of them myself, I bought some poison at an IFA in town and tried my best to apply it to my lawn, but after a week: no luck. The tunnels were expanding and my cat killed two more, so now I’m looking for a professional. I haven’t really been able to find anyone with a slogan that says “Got Voles in your Lawn, We Can Help!” (which would be useful), but I’ve called a couple of wildlife technicians and things are looking up; hopefully by the time spring hits for good, they’ll be gone.