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How To Control VolesVole

If you have a garden, there’s can be a lot to worry about other than the elements and weather. Aside from insects which like to feed on your plants, there are issues like the vole which can do a lot of damage to your precious vegetation. While voles have a similar sounding name to moles, there is very little in common between voles and moles other than the fact that they like to tear up yards and eat everything in sight.

Moles seem to be better known than voles but voles actually can create a substantially more damage than the pest they are often confused with. If you have a vole problem in your yard, it’s important to know as much as you can about this pest in order to know what action to take in removing it from your property. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we have all the high-quality products you may need in order to get rid of voles without needing to hire an exterminator.

Vole Background Information

Voles are rodents which look like an oversized mouse. They are in fact a close relative to mice but of a different order. Voles are short-tailed and blunt-faced compared to mice which have long tails and more pointed faces. There are about 70 species of vole found across North America. Voles are known for the damage they cause to gardens and lawns. What differentiates a vole from a mole is that they target plants while moles mainly eat insects.

Voles can grow between 4 to 8 inches depending on the species. They can have 5-10 litters per year which consists of about 3 to 6 voles. The gestation period takes about 3 weeks and the young voles reach maturity in a month. With this being the case, it’s pretty safe to say that vole populations can get pretty high.

Voles are plant-eaters and feed on grass and perennial-flower roots as well as seeds and bulbs. When winter weather conditions make food scarce, they’ll even consume the bark off trees and shrubs which is called girdling. Voles don’t have an off-switch and are basically active all year round day or night.

Voles, like moles, do have a tunnel system, although not as deep as a vole. These shallow surface tunnels, or “runways” have the appearance of trails of dead grass about 1-2 inches wide, or ditches of bare soil about 1/2 inch deep. They are a result of voles consuming blades and stems of grass, as well as numerous traveling back and forth over the same path.

The combination of their yard-destroying eating habits and their capacity to multiply at an alarming rate make them a significant problem for homeowners.

Tips on Getting Rid of Voles

To make your yard less appealing to voles, you need to engage in routine lawn maintenance. This means removing weeds and heavy underbrush as quickly as you can. The extra plant life which comes with overgrown areas encourages voles to target your lawn so do what you can to get rid of that excess vegetation.

If you have a cat, you can try to let your pet help you out with your vole problem as cats are natural predators of voles. Filling in or collapsing vole tunnels is another good way to let the vole know that they aren’t welcome.

There are also exclusions measures and traps which you can implement to capture voles as well as repellant if you don’t wish to kill them. However if they are doing a lot of damage, you should possibly be open to more lethal means of control.

Solutions Recommended Products for Vole Control

Vole control can be a tough task if you don’t have the right products in place. The best methods of control are trapping, baiting and repellant. For faster results we recommend using more than one method, or better yet all methods to ensure success.

  • When it comes to trapping we carry both lethal and humane mouse traps like Answer Mechanical Mole Trap and Ketch-All Humane Mouse Trap. Place these traps on your lawn where you have noticed the most vole activity. Bait the traps with some of the voles favorite food or an apple or dollop of peanut butter and they will be sure to be caught in no time.

  • Baits are a good way to kill off these problem rodents. We carry Vole Scram and Kaput Rat Mouse Vole Bait - Place Packs place bait along vole runways or flower beds and check regularly to see if they’ve taken the bait and have been compromised.

  • A repellant like Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent is another option to discourage voles from targeting your garden and lawn without killing them.

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