We have already had a number of questions from customers about lawn damage from voles. Here in West Michigan, February was a heavy snow month and the snow is just starting to melt away. This heavy snow cover tends to enhance damage from voles (field mice).
Vole damage can basically be described as little tunnels or trails on top of your lawn. Sometimes, these vole highways can be pretty extensive and look really bad. Vole damage looks much worse than it is.
The best way to deal with this damage is to rake up the dead grass and kind of fluff up the grass stand. Once soil temperatures rise and your lawn starts growing again the tunnels will disappear. If there are thin areas, we recommend throwing down some grass seed.
Voles are always running around in your lawn. A lush healthy stand of grass does a really good job of hiding vole trails. Good luck with your voles and Spring is coming!