Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
Voles are small, furry rodents that people often mistake for mice when they spot them in person. However, voles behave quite differently from mice, creating tunnels just below the surface of the ground and feeding on grass and other tender plants. Voles don't typically move into homes, but they are still considered pests because they can wreak havoc on a landscape. It's important that you are able to detect the signs of voles and then take action to keep them away.
Signs You Have Voles
Raised Ridges and Mounds
Although most of voles' activity is below ground, you can often detect their tunnels if you look closely. There will be areas where the tunnels are so close under the surface that they create a sort of raised ridge across the land. There will also be volcano-shaped piles of dirt at the ends of the tunnels.
Voles like to nibble at a little of this and a little of that. You may see half-eaten leaves on your plants. If you have a vegetable garden, you may see carrots with a few nibbles out of them and tomatoes with a couple of chew marks. Voles have tiny teeth, so these nibble marks are small and tend to have a rough appearance.
Getting Rid of Voles
If you catch the vole problem early, you may be able to get rid of them via trapping. Live traps placed wherever you see a mound tend to work well. You'll catch the voles as they leave their tunnels on their way to feed.
You can use predator urine in combination with traps to hopefully scare off any voles you don't catch and to prevent new ones from moving in. Coyote urine and fox urine both work well. Be generous in spreading them. Your yard may smell for a few days, but the voles should move on.
If you don't catch the vole problem early, you may need to have a pest control company come put down some baits. These attract the voles, who nibble on the bait and then die due to the chemical agents contained within the baits. Since baits can be dangerous to dogs and cats in the area, they're usually only used as a last resort.
Voles may be small, but they can be a big problem. Make sure you take action quickly if you notice signs of these pesky rodents.
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