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How do you get rid of voles?
Voles rarely enter homes, so you will most likely only have to focus on controlling voles outdoors. Vole control consists of a few steps, and vole treatment is fairly simple. To protect your trees, use mesh wire cylinders around trees at least one inch below the soil and a few inches above the soil. Managing dense vegetation or cover crops growing around trees. Keeping lawns short can help because voles cannot construct their grass tunnels, which exposes them to predators and forces them to relocate.
If you have a very large population of voles in a small area, vole trapping can be effective in reducing vole populations. You can easily use snap mousetraps as vole traps when killing voles, baiting them with peanut butter and placing them along tunnels and near openings. Vole poison pellets can also be effective with vole removal and is a good vole killer.
Voles are mouse-like creatures that can cause damage in your yard, especially for younger shrubs or trees. While their name is very similar to moles, voles are very different as they mainly feed on tree bark, while moles feed on insects and grubs. Both animals create tunnels, but not in the same way. Nevertheless, voles can be damaging pests and getting rid of voles can be crucial to keeping your young trees healthy. This Q&A of common vole questions can help you know how to get rid of voles in your yard, how to kill voles, and how to use vole bait and vole repellent correctly.
Q: What is a vole?
A: Voles, also known as field mice or meadow mice, are small rodents that are smaller than rats yet larger than deer or house mice. Voles reproduce at very high rates because of their status as a food source for many predators, including snakes, hawks, owls, foxes, and badgers. They have 5-10 litters a year, with 3-5 young in each litter. Mild winters with good snowfall can sometimes lead to a population boom.
Q: What does a vole look like?
A: Voles are brown rodents that have a stocky appearance. They have very small ears and a very short tail. They’re often mistaken for mice, but mice generally have much longer tails and larger ears. Meadow voles are found near damp marshes or wet meadows and prairie voles are usually found around streams.
Q: Voles or Moles?
A: Many people wonder what the difference is with voles vs. moles. Voles are more like mice, while moles live underground and create vast underground tunnels and tend to wreak havoc on yards. You will see mounds (mole hills) and soft patches of earth underfoot.
Q: What do voles eat?
A: Voles mainly eat tree bark, roots, ornamental plants, grasses, and seeds. The more voles you have in your yard, the more of a problem they will become when feeding on your plants and trees.
Q: What are signs of vole damage?
A: Usually vole damage isn’t visible until spring when the snow melts. Voles create criss-cross mazes of tunnels, either under the soil or in tall grass under the snow. These tunnels on the surface of the soil are a big tip-off that you have voles in your yard. These tunnels give the voles insulation in the snow and protection from predators and can also have large patches of dead grass. Around these tunnels and near the openings, you’ll find irregularly chewed plants and bark above and below the soil surface. Seedlings and young plants are especially affected by vole feeding. When the damage becomes severe, it may be time to start your vole extermination.
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