A vole is a mouse look alike from the family of rodents.
This rodent loves to damage plants, trees, shrubs, and roots, while its affinity for ground covers and its small size makes it hard to control.
A vole is about four to nine inches long and has an average life span of less than a year.
As a rodent, it is very fertile and reproduces all year round.
A vole can reproduce up to fifty thousand voles in two years.
It is active all year round, day and night, and never hibernates.
A vole can make several burrows in the ground by connecting extensive runways to make shelter and offer protection for its colony.
Voles are known as meadow mice or field mice and can be identified by their small size, short tail, round nose, and greyer color.
They also reproduce in more volume than mice.
Voles differ from moles as their tails are not more than a few inches long, look more-stocky, and furs are fuzzier than moles.
This post provides helpful tips on how to get rid of voles, home remedies to get rid of them, and other essential things.
Like other rodents, voles pose an economic problem as they are pests that damage plants and shrubs.
They also gnaw at the barks of trees and leave gnaw marks.
They also attract predatory wildlife like foxes or coyotes to your property.
When you have a vole infestation in your yard or lawn, garden or on your property, you may need to ask a wildlife exterminator to eradicate it on your behalf.
The wildlife exterminator will use poison baits to kill these rodents as well as others on your property.
However, if you think you can manage it on your own, there are home remedies and other great vole control methods you can employ.
First, you have to identify if a vole is responsible for the damage in your yard or lawn since many rodent species such as a mouse and a mole may also exist and can also cause such.
Here are ways to identify voles:
- There are vole runways, which are irregular paths made of clipped and trampled soil or grass.
- There is burrows’ presence, which is clean, round holes about 1/2 inches in diameter.
- There is the presence of delayed or halted production of fruit trees.
After identifying the presence of the vole population, you can now look into methods to eliminate them.