Pennsylvania Vole Control
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Often mistaken for large mice, voles are rodents that can do some serious damage to your landscaping. Whether at your Pennsylvania home or business, this is not ideal. To avoid this problem, learn about the habits of voles, what you can do to discourage them, and when to call a vole control expert.
What Are Voles?
People often mistake voles for mice, but voles more closely resemble pet hamsters. They grow to somewhere between 5 and 7 inches. As vegetarians, they happily chow down on plants, tree bark, and grass — potentially causing serious damage to the landscaping of your Pennsylvania home or business.
How to Identify Voles
Voles are quick little critters and quite shy. For this reason, they scutter away at signs of life and you probably won’t see one, explain the PA vole control experts at Viking Pest. You will see the destruction they leave behind, however. Voles tunnel under the ground and this can create soft spots or holes. Plants may uproot easily as their root systems have been eaten away and the lower parts of trees may have been gnawed on.
What Problems Can Voles Cause for Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners?
If left to propagate, large populations of voles can cause significant destruction to landscaping. As a tasty treat for larger predators, they can also attract animals like foxes, coyotes, and snakes. It’s best to call a pest management professional immediately if you see evidence of a vole infestation.
When Are Voles Active in Pennsylvania?
Voles have a very short lifespan; most will only live between 3 and 6 months. Occasionally, one survives a little longer, but anything over 12 months is extremely rare. While this might sound like good news, it also means that voles are active all year round, looking for food and a comfortable place to mate and raise their young, explain the wildlife experts at Viking Pest.
How to Control Voles in Pennsylvania
The best way to control voles is to discourage them from hanging out on your property. Typically, you do this by removing food sources and shelter. Since they eat plants, you can’t remove the food (unless you’re going for a barren landscape look). However, you can make it more difficult to access. Vole control experts at Viking Pest recommend adding little decorative fences around individual plants and trees and fence off your whole garden. Additionally don’t leave wood or junk piled around your property as this gives them a nice place to make a home and gives them a reason to come.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Voles in Pennsylvania
We understand that you want to get rid of these pests without putting your health at risk or causing damage to the environment. For this reason, we use Integrated Pest Management principles designed to control pests without using an unnecessary number of materials.