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what is this and how do I get rid of it?

This critter has been digging holes in our yard and leaving massive piles of dirt behind. He has also eaten my hostas, lilies and irises. I’ve only seen him twice, this is the best picture I could get.

(The dark spot to the left is his eye, the dark spot to the right is his ear).

What is it and how do I get rid of it?

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  1. Anita Rivest Anita Rivest says:

    Vole… I bought some solar vibrarion stakes at costco, put them in the ground and never saw them again.

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  2. Vole. My grandmother got rid of them by pouring water down their holes until their either drowned or popped out of the hole, at which point, either her or Grandpa would take a shovel to them.

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  3. Gopher? I’d capture it and release in the wild. But I’m sure some people will just say it’s a rodent, kill it.

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  4. Looks like a vole.

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  5. Tehra Marie Tehra Marie says:

    Looks like a shrew maybe?

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  6. Kari Dyer Kari Dyer says:

    Voles! You need to drown them in their holes or put poison down them. They will ruin your yard. We had to put poison down at the beginning of summer

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  7. Amy Melby Amy Melby says:

    I’d also say vole. We have them in our yard too.

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  8. Probably a vole.

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  9. That’s Balzac Billy.

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  10. Juicy fruit gum the sticks

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  11. Do not kill the poor thing! Jesus, people are assholes. Catch and release. I am sure the humane society can provide a cage.

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  12. Holly Lewis Holly Lewis says:

    Get those windmill things that kids play with. Put it in the ground – the vibrations from the wind turning the pinwheel will keep them away.
    Get the larger plastic ones. Or you can get the Plug In rodent thing. It plugs in the outlet outside and lets off really high pitched noises (we can’t hear them) and eventually they will go away.

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  13. Sounds like a mole.

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  14. Beth Clarke Beth Clarke says:

    How about someone give her the info so she had options…

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  15. It’s a vole. We have them too. We’re using live mice traps to catch them at night and then we move them to the empty field areas by the Henday. Just make sure that you check the trap regularly, or it’s not a nice way to go.

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  16. Vole. They are very destructive to your lawn by tunneling. Where there’s one, there’s many!

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  17. It’s a vole- and they are a lot like mice, We got a cat- no problems now 🙂

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  18. Brandi Young Brandi Young says:

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  19. I wonder what would happen if you fed it Pop Rocks?

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  20. It is a vole, they are enjoying a new urban lifestyle now we have encroached upon their turf and boy do they know how to breed.
    We built our house and put in beautiful landscaping the first summer.
    The following spring we saw the damage they had done and it was heartbreaking.
    7 of our 16-2.5″ calliper trees had been banded, we didn’t know what had done it, but we learned.
    In early spring, before all the snow is gone they can do so much damage.
    They will eat the bark off new trees and shrubs banding them and causing them to die off.
    They LOVE fresh grass and grass seed (will tunnel and create visually interesting patterns in your manicured lawns).
    The grass can and does grow back.
    Call an exterminator, it is impossible to keep up on it by yourself (especially with little kids and pets around).
    Put sharp mulch around all shrubs
    Put plastic covers around the base of your young trees, and keep all grass seed and bags of fertilizer in metal tubs they can’t chew into.
    Your neighbours and/or natural areas around you probably have them too.
    Little Buggers. Good luck!

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  21. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    I have tons in my backyard, living under my steps. They haven’t caused me any issues tho… pretty sure our baby bunny and senior guine pig have befriended them out there… lol

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  22. The voles have been bad the last couple of years

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  23. Tracy Veen Tracy Veen says:

    Like a mouse, the only good one is a dead one

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  24. Lara Clement Lara Clement says:

    Looks like a vole, we had them and they ruined our bushes too. They hate peppermint so peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball in the holes can help. We also sprinkled mint oil around our yard. They left pretty quickly

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  25. Joanne Payne Joanne Payne says:

    You can buy humane traps at home depot. You put it tunnel, cover it. and it you only takes a day to catch it. Humane meaning kills them quickly. You use to be able to borrow them from some fish and game group but i am not sure about that any more.

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  26. Take used, peed in balls of cat litter and put it into the hole. Break it up with a shovel and the odour will keep them away.

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  27. Pam Newcombe Pam Newcombe says:

    This was their habitat long before it was yours.
    Instead of killing them and justifying it by saying their just a rodent is shit. They have just as much right to live their lives as we do, just because we decided were better than other animals doesn’t mean that we actually are or deserve to be.
    If you can’t share the earth them move it anywhere else don’t kill it.

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  28. Juicy Fruit, the sticks works like a hot damn…. we no longer have Voles.

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  29. Edith Chemago says:

    Looks life a pocket gopher to me. Several years ago we had one that was destroying our yard and got a trap from the Agriculture Department in Sherwood Park – but thinking back on it it wasn’t a very humane thing to do.

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  30. Call billy the exterminator

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  31. It’s a probably a pocket gopher. Get a mole trap or leave it alone.

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  32. Voles actually kill mice….I’d try to trap him and re-locate him

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  33. groundhog we use to shoot them they would dig hles and break the legs of horses and cows

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  34. Ashley Joe Ashley Joe says:

    Shoot them all. Can be a fun game of whack a vole too..

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  35. Tam L Dack Tam L Dack says:

    U can hire Sumone or rent traps but no one will pik up. Had this issue they build tunnels everywhere n if more then one building can actually mess up ur house! as to many tunnels can cause collapses. House shifting foundation cracks. Not to mention the diseases it carries

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  36. Don’t use poison – it will harm other animals – like owls & other who eat these – or your dog or cat if it finds it… Do not ever do poison…

    Set up a humane trap at the openings & there may be quite a few… Take a garden hose – shove it in the hole & turn on the water… They will flee the flooded tunnels into the humane trap… Relocate somewhere else far away from the city OR humanely kill it…

    OR what farmers do – exhaust hose from a vehicle down the hole… The CO will humanely dispatch it & the whole nest… They do that with gophers & voles out on the farm – a horse or cow with a broken leg from hitting a hole is well not a good thing…

    Have to weigh the pros & cons of your choices…
    Just please don’t use poisons…

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  37. Awe, he’s so cute though!

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  38. She only want to know what it is tree hugger, she never said anything about killing it

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  39. I had these in my backyard last year. I thought it was a pocket gopher. We tried everything to get rid of it with no success. Then one day the dog started digging like crazy in my garden close to one of the mounds…..needless to say the dog took care of the problem. I haven’t seen one at all this year.

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