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Vole control

There are over 150 vole species on the planet. Voles are rodents that sometimes get misidentified as another animal, like a rat, gopher or mouse. They dig beneath the ground and create many runways and burrows, so they are also often confused with moles and other digging animals.

Voles are pests because of the damage they can cause to your yard. Though voles prefer to live in fields, there can be elements in your yard making it more attractive to them. If you need wildlife management, call the Ehrlich professionals for proper vole control. Contact us at 1-800-837-5520 or fill in our online form.

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Signs for voles in your yard

Voles are tiny rodents that look like field mice. They can be brown or gray with short noses and big ears. Voles have small paws with claws for digging, long hairy tails, and grow to be about five to seven inches long.

Voles reproduce quickly, so it is critical to get professional help to control a vole population at the first sign of one in your yard. The most common signs of voles on your property are the damage they cause to plants and trees, and the holes and tunnels they dig throughout your yard.

Vole damage

Voles are herbivores, preferring to eat plants and bark. That's where they end up doing the most damage - to gardens and crops. Voles will devour your plants. They also prefer to chew at the roots of plants, so if you see dead and drooping plants around your garden, there’s a good chance you might have voles.

A few other signs of voles on your property are gnaw marks and chewed-off bark at the base of certain trees, like almond, apple, avocado, cherry, citrus, and olive trees. This will cause severe damage to the tree as chewing off the bark exposes the interior of the tree and causes it to die.

Holes and tunnels

One of the first indicators that you have a vole problem is the burrows on your lawn. Voles burrow underground to find food, and their burrows look like holes in your yard. Voles create very short burrows, but they connect them to each other via runways. This creates a kind of network of tunnels spread out across your lawn, and this kind of damage can destroy a yard.

How to get rid of voles

Ehrlich specialists are experts in vole control. All of our specialists are trained to spot vole damage and find where the voles are hiding. Once located, your specialist will close up and remove any burrows in your yard to eliminate the voles’ home, and then they will provide you with ways to prevent them from returning.

Most vole issues usually resolve themselves through natural mortality and free-roaming predators such as foxes, hawks, owls, house cats, and feral cats. Trapping can control voles, but often is not very effective. However, as stated earlier, voles do breed rapidly, so it is best to get professional help to control a vole problem before it gets too large.

How to prevent voles

Voles rarely end up inside homes. That means that you are more likely to have to deal with them out in the garden, which can make vole control tricky. However, there are some things you can do to prevent voles from infesting your yard.

  • Removing debris and any unwanted vegetation. Voles will feed on these and use them for burrowing.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed.
  • Remove any weeds.
  • Surround trees with a steel mesh cylinder. Voles will go for the bark and roots of trees that they can get to underground. They are not climbers, so covering those areas with steel mesh or some kind of cylinder will cause them to move elsewhere.
  • Cultivate the soil around your garden frequently. This will destroy the runways and burrows.

Prevention is key in protecting your yard from voles since they are very prodigious breeders. They can have up to 10 litters a year that can span from five to 10 pups. Just a couple of voles can produce over 100 offspring in a short amount of time.

Ehrlich professionals are trained on the latest control methods to get rid of voles and on how to prevent them. If you think you have a vole infestation, call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 or use the online form to set up an appointment.


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