The vole is commonly found across North America. Mating occurs year-round as long as weather permits. The vole diet consists of plants, roots, bark, mushrooms, snails, insects, and occasionally other young voles. These rodents can be seen looking for food at any time of day.
Vole Nuisance & Damage
After pruning thick vegetation, you may notice a series of criss-crossing tunnels. Piles of elongated dropping that measure about 1⁄4 inch and remnants of chewed plants are signs of a vole. Pine voles will dig, so you’ll notice small holes outside their burrows.
Vole damage can be found year-round, destroying different types of crops and plants. They will uproot and eat maturing vegetables, eat newly planted seeds, or dig up flower bulbs. They will leave your lawn and garden a wreck with holes and pits from all their digging. While they don’t often interact with people, it is possible that they will spread tularemia to humans. This is a disease that can cause fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, red lesions, and death if left untreated. Seek medical attention if you experience any unusual symptoms after coming into contact with these rodents.
The vole can measure between 5 and 8 inches with dark brown to reddish-brown bodies, along with coarse black hair. Their undersides are either gray or white. Voles have tails that measure almost the same length as their bodies.
Voles In The Yard & The Garden
If you’ve got plants on your property, then voles might pay you a visit. They are commonly found in moist meadows and fields, gardens, and orchards. Pine Voles prefer forests with a lot of vegetation. Voles can swim very well and are also capable of climbing, so you might see them in ponds and trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I keep voles away?
Keeping the grass around your home short and trimming your trees will reduce their hiding places. Remove and ground cover or other organic debris that may be near you garden to discourage tunneling. If you till your garden before planting, existing tunnels will be destroyed. Repellents are also available that will offer some short-term relief from the vole, but these must be applied regularly. Trapping is also an option, as they can be caught and deposited in areas where they won’t cause much harm.
Benefits of Professional Vole Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a vole problem. Finding and treating the voles can be challenging, especially if they are loose in your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the vole nuisance.