Voles are a pest you might have heard of but may not know much about. Because the names sound so similar, voles and moles are often confused for one another. But they are entirely different species with different behavior and appearances.
Voles are small rodents with light brown fur, and they look quite a lot like field mice.
They have large orange teeth and short tails and build their nests underground. On the other hand, moles are dark brown with large feet that they use to dig tunnels.
Having voles in your yard can be a big problem as they are rather destructive. In the guide from Nature’s Balance, we review signs of vole infestations and what you can do to stop attracting voles to your yard.
How Do I Know If I Have Voles?
Voles construct tunnels underground, but spotting these tunnels at first can be tricky. They are known for creating tunnels and burrows around the perimeters of buildings. From there, they may dig into the structures of your property, such as your home, where they can be challenging to remove.
While it can be hard to spot a vole infestation, you can stay on the lookout for these signs:
- The appearance of tiny trails around your yard
- Dying and collapsed plants as voles will eat the roots
- Springy soil or hotels in the soil
- Signs or sounds of a vole running around
If you do notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to have a pest control professional inspect your property to identify the problem. From there, our pest control team can figure out a plan to remove these problematic pests.
What Attracts Voles?
Voles are attracted to properties that provide them with many food sources and ample cover. Because they like to eat various plants and fallen produce, they love yards that are messy and unkempt. They also like properties that have an excess of yard debris where they can hide while not in their tunnels. Finally, voles prefer humid environments so they get enough water.
If you want to prevent voles, you can remove some of the things that attract them by doing the following:
- Cleaning up yard debris like dead leaves and grass clippings.
- Keeping your yard clear of weeds and dead plants
- Trimming up shrubs, bushes, and trees regularly
- Putting protective wiring around large trees and yard elements
- Removing standing water from the property to reduce moisture issues
You can also contact the pest control experts at Nature’s Balance for prevention help or to remove a vole infestation. We can also help you to remove the factors that attract voles in the first place.
Remove Rodents From Your Property
If you have voles or any other rodent problem around your home or business, Nature’s Balance can remove these pesky pests. We use eco-friendly solutions to remove infestations and keep them from coming back. Call today for a free quote or to learn more about vole removal.