There are plenty of animal species that are able to burrow tunnels under the ground and cause damage to gardens, lawns, and pastures. The tunnels left by them will cut the root systems of the plants, make the terrain uneven and littered with holes and do much more damage. When this occurs, the first step in the process of resolving the issue is to find out which animal or animals produced this damage.  At the same time, burrowing animals are active during the winter, but because of the low temperatures and the fact that the top layer of the soil is frozen, they cannot burrow in it. Instead, mice, moles, and voles begin to tunnel under the snow and there, they produce a maze of tunnels.

 All burrowing animals produce tunnels to find shelter and food. Moles are insectivores, meaning that they eat mostly earthworms and other insect types they can encounter. Voles are plant-eaters and consume roots, bulbs, and seeds. Mice are a mixture of the two, making them omnivores who will eat just about anything, aside from a few exclusive plant-eating species.

They also make tunnels with slightly different purposes. Voles and mice make their tunnel network primarily for protection and shelter, but come out at night to find food. Moles, on the other hand, are practically blind and rarely leave the safety of their underground tunnels. In the case of these animals appearing in a garden or a lawn, they can be dealt with in a simple and easy manner, without harming them.

When mild temperatures start to appear all of these critters become much more active.  While the inclination is to apply something to get rid of them the best method of control is patience.

As mentioned, these animals tend to burrow under the snow and create a network of tunnels. Like the tunnels in the ground, these provide them with protection that comes from the ability to move without being seen by potential predators. However, because of the seasonal nature, the tunnels are not permanent and will not be used year-round by the animals that made them.

When these tunnels are located, they should be simply tamped down. The same process will effectively destroy them, making the animals move away to make them at some other location. No damage caused by the tunnels is permanent in any way. In fact, once the grass begins to grow, there will be no sign that these animals have been ever present on a lawn in the first place.

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