Is it a mole or a vole?
Nothing is more irritating to a homeowner than seeing volcano-shaped piles of dirt in the lawn or bare trails in the grass. These are signs of mole and vole activity. Moles have paddle-like front claws, no visible ears and tiny eyes. Voles resemble mice but have shorter tails and smaller ears.
Kelly McGowan is an extension horticulture field specialist at the University of Missouri. She another way to distinguish between the two is by what they eat.
“Think of the word mole, it starts with a M, so moles are meat eaters which means that they feed on things in the soil whether it be grubs, or earthworms, or insects, things like that,” says McGowan.