By Katie Markheim, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener
Moles, voles, and gophers…oh my! These burrowing rodents look harmless, but beware, they may be damaging your lawn, garden, tree plantings, or forage crops. They adversely affect turf and crops by directly feeding on roots, stems, and leaves by exposing plant roots to drying and burying plants with excavated soil. Never fear. Management is most effective when using a combination of controls such as trapping, exclusion, fumigants, repellents, or reducing food sources.