Under Ideal Conditions, Vole Populations Can Explode
November 02, 2017
Voles, a species of rodent sometimes called meadow mice, are small, burrowing rodents that can cause considerable damage to your property if their population is left to grow unchecked. Voles usually measure no more than eight inches long and have compact, stocky bodies. These pests spend the majority of their time below ground but can be identified mainly by their distinctive tunnel habits. These tunnel openings are usually hidden by a thin layer of grass, which hides an aperture about two inches across.
Voles are mostly herbivores and feed on all kinds of plant life, and they’ll take advantage of their burrows to stockpile seeds in preparation for winter. Vole populations can fluctuate from year to year, but when conditions are ideal, they can multiply extremely quickly and overwhelm a particular area. In some circumstances, there may be several thousand voles living and breeding within one square acre.
Voles can cause extensive damage to gardens by feeding on any fruits and vegetables they may find there, but they also pose significant risks to the root systems of nearby trees, as their burrowing tends to interfere with natural growth. A large number of voles will also gnaw incessantly at tree trunks, cutting off the flow of nutrients and potentially killing the tree completely. Although voles are generally not accomplished climbers, they have been known to scamper up to some lower branches and cause the same kind of damage above the ground.
It’s important to get a handle on a vole population before it gets out of hand. One effective way to do this is to reduce the amount of lawn debris and excess vegetation around your yard, making the area more inhospitable to voles. Weeds and overgrown foliage provide shelter and food for vole populations, and they will certainly seek out an alternate habitat if these factors are removed. Wire or mesh fences also go a long well to protecting gardens from vole populations, although it’s important to remember to bury these fences at least six to ten inches below the surface so that burrowing voles will still be denied access.
When there is a large number of voles in a single location, trapping and baiting may be a viable alternative to the use of pesticides. Repellents, natural and otherwise, are also available for purchase, but their guaranteed efficacy is often contested among experts.
Cantu Pest & Termite cares about the safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our vole removal professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.
If voles or other pests have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced vole removal experts.