Voles
Tunnels in the grass? Mouse like rodents in your shrubs and landscaping? Those scurrying little critters may well be voles. Call Critter Control today for effective vole removal and exclusion services.

Description

Voles are often referred to as meadow mice but are not actually mice at all, despite the similarities. Voles are small furry rodents that dig tunnels and eat their body weight in plant matter daily. Their reproduction process makes them capable of increasing in number faster than predators can eat them. Voles enjoy burrowing in yards, therefore making contact with humans a rare happening.

Appearance

  • Short and stout
  • Dense gray fur
  • Partially hidden ears
  • Short tails
  • Round, blunted noses
  • Sharp, chisel-like teeth
  • 5-8 inches long

Habitat

Voles will inhabit areas with heavy plant cover. Plants serve as a food source and as shelter from their natural enemies. Voles prefer grassland prairies, sagebrush prairies, marshes, meadows, forests, and stream banks. Burrows will contain nests lined with grass clippings and other soft plant materials.

Vole Problems

Vole Entry

Due to their preferred habitat, voles do not typically enter human homes. Voles in yards are very commonly found, and they can be detected with the pathways created to and from the burrowing entrances. Voles in yards will be attracted to unkempt grass or overgrowing groundcover, making enticing burrowing sites for voles in your yard.

Vole Damage

Voles damage to yards can be extensive. Voles create damages to crops, gardens, lawns, golf courses, and irrigation systems. Vole damage can occur to young trees and orchards when the animal gnaws at the bark and chews on saplings.

Vole Control

Control and Safety

Saplings and young trees can be protected by covering them at the base with cloth, plastic, or wire mesh. Keeping lawns and grassy spaces mowed, trimmed, and weeded also helps discourage vole populations. Fences at least a foot high and buried at least half a foot underground often prove effective at keeping the rodents out of gardens.

Trapping and Removal

For the most part, voles are classified as protected non-game animals that may only be trapped, removed, or destroyed if they pose an immediate threat to health or property. Since the effective removal of voles can be difficult, wildlife control experts should be called to handle the problematic rodents. Critter Control of Central Missouri has the training and experience to successfully rid residential and commercial properties of vole infestations.

Critter Control of Central Missouri can get rid of your vole problem. Call us today. 573.560.3028

Central Missouri Critter Control service areas:

Columbia, Jefferson City, Ashland, Boonville, Fulton, Moberly, Centralia, Mexico, Hallsville, Moniteau County, Callaway County, Boone County, Randolph County, Cole County, Howard County, Audrain County, Cooper County

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