Moles, Voles & Shrews


Are you noticing tunneling or burrowing in your yard? Is it becoming a persistent issue that is destroying your yard or uprooting your plants and shrubs? Moles are an underground mammal that are common throughout Connecticut. They generally prefer moist underground areas that have plenty of earth worms, grubs and insect larva to meet their dietary needs. Connecticut is home to three species of moles. The Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus), the Star-Nosed Mole (Condylura cristata), and the Hairy-Tailed Mole (Parascalops breweri). Moles can typically be controlled with the removal of one or two individuals. They are not prolific breeders. Small litters once per year typically means there are fewer moles in your yard than you think.

Voles are also a common underground dweller in the state of Connecticut. Part of the rodent family, there are two species of voles common to the state; the Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) also known as a field mouse, and the Woodland Vole (Microtus pinetorum) commonly referred to as the pine vole. You are most likely to encounter Meadow Voles in your yard. These animals create vast tunnel and chamber systems underground. Voles are herbivores and commonly dine on the roots of garden plants and flowers. They also enjoy the bark of fruit trees and can cause irreversible damage to a tree.

Give PAWS a call at 860-840-3237 and we can take care of nuisance moles, voles & shrews.