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A mole has a very hard nose
to help it burrow underground
leaving those ugly ridges
which in our lawns are found.
 
Moles tunnel beneath the surface
searching for grubs and insects too
in a way not too well thought of
but they do it for me and you.
 
They help aerate the soil
which for so long has been packed
leaving their trails everywhere
looking like the dirt was stacked.
 
Then they’ll travel through the freeway
or thru the tunnels if you will
eating grubs and other insects
until they get their fill.
 
Yes they eat the grubs that eat the roots
of the grass seed we have sown
they also eat many of the insects
that chew the leaves from the plants half grown.
 
Now the vole is so much different
in oh so many ways
they will jump around like a kangaroo
and can make you laugh for days.
 
The humor in their presence
won’t last for very long
just take one look at your flower beds
and you’ll wonder what went wrong.
 
Yes voles eat the flower bulbs you plant
leaving open spaces galore
your flower garden won’t shine so bright
unless you plant some more.
 
Now the moles a pest to say the least
but they’re mainly just passing thru
yet the vole will take up residence
and spend many months with you.
 
Under thick mulch beds; or mounds of leaves
they can for long survive
making sure that they are present
when your first spring bulbs arrive.
 
You can catch a vole with a mouse trap
and for the mole , just dig a deep hole
just don’t give up on the first try
it takes patience don’t you know.
 
          Roy E. Schepp

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