Just like moles, voles can be the most aggravating little varmints any homeowner can face. Voles are also known as field mice, but these little herbivores only eat plants and bark from trees and bushes.
Although you will rarely see an actual vole, their damage is easily recognizable. Vole holes are roughly 2 inches around and found in groupings of several holes close together. They will also tunnel through your yard in search of roots and plants. As these animals eat the roots of your grass, your grass will die and leave an ugly path approximately two inches wide across your lawn. You will also notice bark missing from the bottom of trees and bushes.
This is a common question we get from homeowners on a regular basis. Once you see the difference in vole damage vs mole damage, it is easy to tell what you may have.
Voles will create small holes around 2 inches in diameter while digging nesting sites. Their tunnels are around 2 inches wide, flat and usually sunken.
Moles will create hills from the dirt they excavate while digging nesting sites. Their feeder tunnels are raised ridges and much larger than vole tunnels. Voles will often use old abandoned mole tunnels as well.
Voles reproduce throughout the entire year, with peak rates in the spring and summer. If you feel like your vole problem just won’t go away, you’re right! A female vole will reach sexual maturity in about 13 days — that’s less than two weeks! Add to that the fact that voles’ gestation period is 16-24 days, and a female vole can have her first litter as early as the end of her first month of life.
A typical vole litter has 5 to 8 baby voles, but it could have more. When you consider that any female baby vole in that first litter will also have her first litter in one more month, it becomes clear how fast these rodents can populate an area.
At Apex Wildlife Control, we stay on the cutting edge of vole control and maintenance technology for our clients!
Using a special compressor made just for this purpose, our technician will inject Carbon Monoxide into the ground which will quickly fill a 200 foot long vole tunnel. Any voles in those tunnels will be humanely euthanized within 2 to 3 minutes. By injecting this gas underground, there is no danger for children or pets, and no damage to your lawn or garden. We do not utilize any poisons or pesticides.
If you are sick and tired of seeing ugly tunnels and holes in your beautiful lawn, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today! Our skilled technicians are ready to help!
We also perform wildlife trapping in Memphis TN for rats, mice, squirrels, skunks,
moles, opossums, raccoons, armadillos, and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are happy to help!