Can I Get Rid of Voles Myself?

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Can I Get Rid of Voles Myself? | The Experienced Gardener 

Voles are a type of rodent similar to mice in appearance; in fact, they are sometimes referred to as field mice. These two rodents may look alike but they exhibit very different types of behavior. Voles spend their time outside in search of vegetation to eat. They will eat the roots of your grass and plants along with plants bulbs and the bases of young tress. Voles have the ability to kill off your plants at the roots before you even realize they are there. If you have voles, the wellbeing of your grass and other plants is at risk. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to get rid of these annoying rodents.  
  1. Learn to recognize the signs of vole activity.

The first step in getting rid of voles is to learn how to identify the damage they create. Voles dig surface level tunnels into the ground in search of food. These can look like cracks and are much different from the raised tunnels you see from mole activity. You will also notice small holes throughout the yard where the voles enter and exit the tunnels. Dead plants can also be an indication of vole activity. When you pull the dead plant from the ground, look at the roots for signs that they have been eaten away or chewed on. Once you identify the damage in your yard as vole damage you can make a plan for getting rid of them.

  1. Create barriers around the vole’s food sources.

When you are sure that voles are the ones causing problems you can start reducing their access to food sources. It is not practical to try and create a barrier around your entire yard but you can protect your plants and young trees. You can use mesh or chicken wire to create a barrier under flowerbeds and around tree trunks. In addition, you can bury items within the soil of your garden to deter voles from continuing to dig toward your plant roots and bulbs. This method may not completely get rid of the voles in your yard but it can prevent a large amount of damage,

  1. Maintain your yard.

Your success at getting rid of the voles in your yard will depend on the severity of your problem. Recognizing a vole problem early on is possible when you know what to look for. However, the signs can be subtle at first and easily hidden by an overgrown or messy yard. When you keep your yard mowed and free from debris you will be much more likely to see the signs of vole activity during the early stages of the infestation. Once you treat your yard for voles you can also monitor it more effectively for a re-infestation if it is well maintained.

  1. Set out bait and traps.

You can get rid of voles in your yard by using traps. There are traps designed to go into active vole tunnels. This can be tricky because you have to identify the active tunnels and keep a close eye on the traps so you can empty and replace them before the other voles move onto a different tunnel.

Dealing with a vole problem on your own is possible but it can quickly turn into a time consuming and frustrating process. If you are having trouble eradicating these pests from your yard using these methods then professional help is your next option.  

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