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

What exactly is a vole? Voles are close relatives with mice; they are small rodents with small ears and eyes. Believe it or not, there are 155 species of voles! As cute as these creatures are, they expand exponentially. A single vole can have 5-10 liters a year with 5-10 young with each litter - that means a single vole can birth ~100 "pinkies" a year! Not only is that exponential, but a vole's gestation period is only 3 weeks and its young are sexually mature at just 1 month. You can see how problems can occur if your home is infested with a vole or two! Voles will not interact with humans, as they tend to stay in their burrows.

Appearance and Behavior

  • Voles are short and stout
  • Dense gray or brown fur
  • Partially hidden ears
  • Short tails
  • Round, blunted noses
  • Sharp, chisel-like teeth
  • Their paws are well-suited to digging
  • Average size for adult voles falls between 5 and 8 inches

Habitat

Out of the 155 species of voles that live around the world, there are only 23 different species in the United States. Like most voles, these species primarily are found in areas with heavy plant cover that helps to shelter them from their natural predators. Predators to the vole include: hawks, owls, coyotes, and cats. Adding onto an area with heavy plant cover, voles can be found in grassland prairies, sagebrush prairies, marshes, meadows and forests. Inside a vole's burrow, you can expect to find nests of grass clippings and other plant materials!

Problems

Entry

Will voles enter my home or yard?

Because manmade structures lack ground cover and sufficient plant material, voles tend to stray from entering them. But, they will enter yards! Their burrow entries are easy to spot. Popular areas include gardens, unkempt grass, or overgrown ground cover.

Damage

Do voles harm people or property?

Because is rare for voles to even interact with humans, it is highly unlikely that someone will be harmed by one. What voles will harm are crops, gardens, golf courses, lawns and irrigation systems with their burrowing and feeding habits. Voles have been known to gnaw on the bark of young trees and orchards. Like most rodents, voles are capable of carrying diseases, but they are an insignificant source of illness.

Control

Control and Safety

To protect your saplings and young trees, you can cover them at the base with cloth, plastic, or wire mesh. Keeping lawns manicured also helps keep these little creatures away! Fences at least 1ft high and buried at least half a foot underground is also often effective at keeping rodents out of gardens.

Trapping and Removal

Voles primarily are classified as protected, non-game animals and may only be trapped or removed if they pose an immediate threat to a person's 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 professionals have the training and experience to successfully rid residential and commercial properties of vole infestations.

We can help you get rid of vole problems! Call our office in Salt Lake City today! 801.997.9965.

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