While similar in name to moles, voles are quite different. Frequently mistaken for mice at a quick glance, these nuisance pests can damage your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business’s landscaping, plants, trees, and grass quickly and quietly. To protect your home or business from voles, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Are Voles?
Small rodents, sometimes referred to as field mice, voles are nuisance pests found all throughout North America, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. These pests live underground and travel primarily via tunnels, but you can also find them in areas with tall grass or dense vegetation. Voles have a primarily vegetarian diet eating plants, tree bark, grass, fruits, and nuts. Understanding that the vole’s diet is different from other similar pests (like moles) is important to the removal process because it changes the types of bait used in trapping.
How Do I Identify Voles?
Voles resemble pet hamsters, except with shorter tails and fatter bodies. Depending on the type of voles in your area, they can grow anywhere from 5 to 7 inches. As these critters are fast and work to stay out of the line of sight, identification usually begins with an assessment of the damage caused. Pest control experts reveal telltale signs include:
- The bottom bark on trees gnawed off
- Ground damage that resembles an “above-ground tunnel,” unlike moles that build underground tunnels that can make the ground feel soft when you walk on it
- Small holes in your yard about 1 to 2 inches in diameter
- Plants that have wilted or are easy to remove from the ground with light pressure, signaling the destruction of the root system by a vole
How Do I Get Voles?
Unfortunately, voles tend to choose their own domains. By living in areas with favorable vegetation like dense grassy fields, woodlands, and gardens, you’re at risk of an infestation. Residents and business owners in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware are at risk for these pests year-round.
What Are The Effects of Voles In and Around My Home or Business?
Vole damage can be impressively destructive for such small creatures, especially if you don’t know how to control voles. Exterminators state the persistent search for food and desire to eat by these small critters can have a big impact on your home or business, making it challenging to control voles in the garden, grass, and other areas. These effects include:
- Destruction to tree bark and root systems
- Surface runways destroying grass and filled with droppings
- Destruction of plants, gardens, and crops
- The attraction of larger, more dangerous predators like coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and snakes that eat rodents
How Long Do Voles Live?
On average, voles live from three to six months. Some have been known to live as long as 12 months, but that’s rare.
How Do I Prevent Voles?
Prevention and vole control typically requires the help and professional know-how of pest control experts. That being said, there are things you can do as a homeowner or business owner in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware to begin implementing a prevention strategy today. Many focus on limiting the damage possible from an infestation.
- Keep tall grass, brush, and weeds cut down to a minimum
- Use fencing around sensitive items like the bases of trees, gardens, and plants
- Eliminate woodpiles, junk piles, and unused items around gardens or plants that could be used as hiding areas
- Seek assistance and recommendations from a pest control expert like Viking Pest that has pest removal professionals trained to work with these specific pests
Protecting Your Home or Business From Voles With Viking Pest Control
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent voles from invading your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling voles from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!