Vole Identification & Prevention

What are voles?

Voles are small, outdoor pests that are part of the rodent family. They have short, stocky bodies covered in black or brown fur with short, fur-covered tails, short legs, small eyes, and ears that are partially hidden from view; when fully grown, they reach 5-8 inches in length. These rodents spend most of their time in their underground tunnels, though you'll sometimes see them foraging for food above ground. Voles are herbivores and feed on things such as grass, plants, bulbs, and roots.

a vole outside of a home in frederick maryland

Are voles dangerous?

Voles don't invade homes and other structures, and they rarely come into contact with people. They are, however, capable of spreading diseases through their excrement and urine and carry parasites on their bodies that they will introduce onto your property. Voles are not good climbers; they are lawn pests, and they will cause extensive damage to grass, fruit trees, landscaping, and some crops. Additionally, voles create intricate tunnel systems with many entrances and exits holes. The holes in your yard are not only unpleasant to look at, but they make mowing difficult, and they create trip and fall hazards.

Why do I have a vole problem?

Voles prefer to live in big, open spaces with a lot of grass and other vegetation to feed on; unfortunately, most residential yards provide all of these factors. Properties located next to golf courses, parks, meadows, and other open areas tend to experience the most problems with voles.

Where will I find voles?

Voles live their entire lives outside and are often referred to as meadow mice, because you'll find them living in open, grassy areas. Voles dig short, shallow burrows and create underground nests for food storage. They are active year-round, foraging day and night for food. In the winter, they will burrow through snow to reach their tunnels.

How do I get rid of voles?

The best way to eliminate current problems with voles and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of voles and other pests with the help of our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about voles, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, reach out to Royal Greens today!

How can I prevent voles in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help you avoid problems with voles:

  • Remove clutter, weeds, woodpiles, and other debris that may accumulate in your yard.

  • Minimize the amount of mulch used on your property.

  • Mow your lawn regularly, and keep bushes on your property trimmed.

  • Protect trees from vole damage using a fence made of hardware cloth that is 12 inches tall.

 

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