Although they are often called field mice, voles are a different creature all together. These furry pets fill your yard with underground burros where they nest and can cause severe damage to fruit trees, vegetable gardens, ornamental gardens, crops, sports fields, and lawns. You can often spot vole’s damage by examining tree trunks for stripping; Runways of bare soil criss crossing through your lawn indicate their travel routes, and chewed off plants and crops will be evident as voles love seed, and blooms. To control voles you have several routes to choose from: Keeping them out by exclusion, Running them off by making your area undesirable, and killing them. The elimination of weeds, dense brush, and tree fall in your yard can make the area undesirable to voles. Wrap hardware cloth around the trunks of trees to discourage gnawing and stripping. Tight meshed fencing, buried 10’ below ground will also deter them. The e methods eliminate cover, and food.
If you already have an infestation, soil cultivation like tilling, destroys vole runway-systems and nesting voles. Catching them in exclusion traps and relocating them is another option. This takes away their ability to nest. If you decide to kill them, any type of trap that will work on a rat or mouse will take out a vole. On the market today there are snap traps, glue traps, and electrocution traps that are all readily available at your local hardware or feed store. There is also a myriad of poisons available to use in the eradication of voles.
Many take several days of consumption to work, other s are instantaneous. Some are placed in the burrow, some sprayed on your yard, others served up in bait boxes or traps... if you chose to use poison, follow all regulatory guidelines, and use good judgment OT keep you children, pets, and the eco system safe! Clean up all dead bodies quickly to avoid disease, smell, and attracting other unwanted guests. If you are not confidant in your ability to handle this task, you can always call the state agricultural department for help, or contact a local wildlife/ pest control expert.
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