Voles typically measure around 4 to 8 inches in length, with a stout body and short legs. They have small eyes and ears, and their fur can range in color from brown to gray, depending on the species. One of the key identifying features of voles is their short tail, which is usually less than an inch long.
Voles are herbivorous creatures that feed on a variety of plant material, including grass, roots, bulbs, and seeds. They are excellent burrowers and create complex tunnel systems underground, which can cause damage to lawns, gardens, and agricultural crops. Voles are active throughout the year, including during the winter when they create runways under the snow.
Voles prefer habitats with dense vegetation, such as grassy fields, meadows, orchards, and gardens. They construct their burrows and nests in underground tunnels, which provide them with protection from predators and the elements. Voles are prolific breeders, and their populations can increase rapidly if left unchecked.
Managing vole populations can be challenging, but there are effective techniques available. Some common extermination methods include:
- Trapping: Live traps or snap traps can be used to capture voles. Place traps near active runways or burrow entrances for optimal results.
- Natural Predators: Encouraging natural predators of voles, such as owls, hawks, snakes, and domestic cats, can help control their population.
- Habitat Modification: Reduce the availability of food and cover by keeping lawns mowed, removing excess vegetation, and maintaining proper garden hygiene.
Interesting Facts about Voles
- Vole Tunnels: Voles create an extensive network of tunnels that are used for foraging, nesting, and escaping predators.
- Rapid Reproduction: Voles have a high reproductive rate, with females capable of producing several litters in a year.
- Plant Seed Distribution: Voles play a role in seed dispersal as they collect and store seeds in their burrows, aiding in plant regeneration.
Remember, if you require professional assistance or more information about vole management, contact our pest control experts. We have the knowledge and experience to effectively address vole infestations and provide you with tailored solutions.
Voles are not typically harmful to humans. However, their burrowing activities can damage lawns, gardens, and ornamental plants.
Voles have a stockier build, short tail, and are herbivorous, whereas moles have a slender body, long snout, and feed on insects.
Voles are not known to transmit diseases to humans. However, they can harbor ticks or fleas, which may carry diseases.
At Arete Pest Control, we understand the challenges that come with vole control. Our team of experts is equipped with the latest techniques and tools to identify vole activity, assess the extent of the infestation, and implement targeted eradication strategies. We prioritize the use of environmentally friendly methods to ensure the safety of your property and the surrounding ecosystem.