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DO YOU HAVE A VOLE OR MOLE CONCERN?

Voles are also known as field mice or meadow mice. Even though they are rodents and resemble mice, they are not mice. Voles are active day and night and do not hibernate, they are most active in the springtime. They construct various tunnels with many entrances. Voles can cause extensive damage to yards, especially plants, seeds, and trees.  To an untrained eye, the damage can go undetected and it may seem like it all happened overnight, but the damage actually occurred over a long period. By the time the homeowner notices the tunnels, there is usually an infestation. Dying or wilting plants for no apparent reason or small gnaw marks around the base of a tree or shrub, is usually a telltale sign.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF VOLES?

Make sure you actually have a vole problem. Oftentimes people mistake voles with moles and vice versa. Voles are usually hard to get rid of as they live in large colonies and reproduce very quickly. Live vole traps near runways or nesting sites at the base of trees and shrubs are probably the best approach.

Habitat modification and exclusion will be necessary as well. There are a few chemicals available, but the risk is that they will not only get rid of the vole but also of the plants. Even when using natural solutions like water, too much of it can damage your garden as much, if not more than some chemicals. The safest method of removal is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the vole problem. Our wildlife control specialists are trained to humanely eradicate troublesome voles from the property.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY VOLES?

Voles carry the same disease as other rodents and can also be a host for parasites, like ticks, fleas, mites which can transmit various diseases as well.

WHAT ARE SOME PREVENTATIVE MEASURES I CAN TAKE?

  • Keep grounds well maintained
  • Clean up seeds that may fall on the ground
  • Remove wood piles and debris
  • Use repellent
  • Protect trees by wrapping the trunks

WHAT ARE THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH VOLES?

Variable. Call us for a no-obligation quote.

WHY SHOULD I ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?

Voles will dig unsightly tunnels throughout yards and create irregularities to the lawn surfaces. This can damage roots and cause grass, plants and trees to wilt or die.  While underground they will eat bulbs and root vegetables. Partially eaten carrots, potatoes, etc. might be a sign of vole activity.

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