Voles

vole profile

Voles are small rodents that are closely related to mice, with relatively short legs and tails. They can cause significant harm to your property, most often wreaking havoc on lawns and gardens. Here is what you need to know about vole infestation, control, and prevention.

Common Signs of Vole Infestation

Aside from seeing a vole scurry somewhere across your property, there are several unique signs of a vole infestation. These signs primarily have to do with vole burrowing and diet habits. Voles tend to create expansive burrow systems at the ground surface, though these burrows may be hidden by ground cover. They consume their weight in food every day, thriving primarily on green vegetation, roots, tree bark, fruits, and nuts. Common signs of vole infestation include:

  • Surface-level burrow systems hidden by decks, storage buildings, or piles of debris
  • Visible, above ground runways that connect burrow openings
  • Vole droppings between burrow openings
  • Neat, round holes at burrow openings (1 to 2 inches in diameter)
  • Wilted or yellowish plants (due to the roots having been devoured by a vole)
  • Patches where there should be green vegetation
  • Gnawed bark on fruit trees or shrubs (usually within a couple inches above ground)
  • Delay in fruit production or uncharacteristic leaf color in fruit trees (due to root damage)

 

Dangers of Vole Infestation

As animals that burrow primarily outdoors, voles may not pose the same dangers that rats and mice do in homes. Even still, voles can cause significant damage to outdoor property and landscaping; and with voles being the most prolific breeders in the rodent family, this damage can escalate very quickly. The most common forms of vole infestation damage are gnawed grass, plants, shrubs, and trees; damage to plant roots and bulbs; and surface paths all over the lawn.

How to Eliminate Vole Infestation

Voles are certainly a nuisance, and getting rid of them is the only way to ensure the health of your lawn and garden. Be sure to contact a licensed professional if you suspect that your yard is host to a vole infestation. A professional can eliminate infestation through effective chemical methods and offer insights on how to prevent future vole infestation on your property.

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