A lumpy lawn after the snow melts could mean you've got voles

A lumpy lawn after the snow melts could mean you've got voles

A familiar rodent is raising its tiny head in Saskatchewan this spring.  

The Meadow vole looks a lot like house mouse, but it has a shorter tail, a rounded head and smaller ears.

Areas which have had a lot of snow this winter will likely see more damage from the little brown rodents, according to Shawn Sherwood of Poulin's Pest Control in Regina. 

According to the Government of Canada website, voles are herbivores which eat green plants and seeds.

During the winter, they create tunnels under the insulation of the snow but live above ground.

The voles graze on the plants found under the snow.

"Once the snow melts, the lawn looks full of lumps and ruts," says Sherwood.

If your lawn has been hit, your lawn should recover with some time and attention.

According to Sherwood, there are a few ways to get voles out of your yard such as trapping or poisoning them. Or you could just wait it out.

"Voles are the Arnold Schwarzenegger of mice," says Sherwood. "They're big and dumb. In the spring they forget they no longer have the snow cover to hide them."  

In an urban setting, birds, cats, dogs and even coyotes will help to bring down the vole population. 

Sherwood warns residents to keep an eye on the vermin.  An overpopulation of voles can also wipe out your garden and bedding plants, he said.