Also known as meadow mice or field mice, voles are small, ground-dwelling rodents with short legs, short tails and chunky bodies. Although there are many species in Canada and the U.S., most voles have brown or grey fur.
Voles tunnel across grass and dine on plants, roots and spring bulbs. They don’t hibernate and they tend to gnaw on tree bark when food is limited during the winter.
Moles or voles
Moles live almost exclusively underground, although you can see mounds of dirt on your lawn. Voles frequently come to the surface, creating intricate little runways across the lawn with trails of dead grass but no mounds.
Signs of activity
The criss-cross system of tunnels is a surefire sign that voles have invaded your lawn. Look for droppings and cut grass around the tunnels, which have multiple holes. During the winter, you may see uneven gnaw marks on trees.