Voles are capable of damage much greater than their size suggests. Though they are small “mice-like” rodents, voles can destroy your lawn and bushes. They often create runways and burrows – uprooting any grass or plants in their way. During winter months, voles continue their destructive activity. They will eat bark and root systems, which may kill your bushes.
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Our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect for vole damage and common vole habitats on your property before putting together a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Whether it’s the front yard or your entire property we will offer quality solutions to protect your home. Ask about our vole maintenance plans to control rodent population and guard against further damage!
- Vole Biology & Reproduction
- Colorado has 8 types of voles, but the Meadow vole is the most common vole in the Denver Metro area.
- Voles can reproduce throughout the year, but the height of breeding begins in the spring and continues through fall
- Voles can have up to 12 litters per year
- Reproduction typically begins at 3 weeks of age
- Gestation ranges from 20-23 days
- There are 3-6 young per litter
- Vole populations may range from 14-500 voles per acre
- Damage Caused by Voles
- Most damage occurs during winter under the protection of snow
- Voles may create runways in the lawn or girdle the roots & bark of bushes
- Methods of Vole Control
- To control large vole populations or treat large areas of damage it is not practical to live trap
- Rodenticide is a tool for controlling vole populations and should be used in conjunction with habitat modification and exclusion
- The goal is to limit the number of rodents on your property – total elimination of voles in highly unlikely
- Habitat Modification
- In vole control, it is very important to keep vegetation well maintained. Grass should be mowed regularly so that voles are not able to hide within it and bushes should also be pruned regularly to minimize vole habitat. Consider removing evergreen shrubs altogether as voles (and other rodents) favor burrowing within their protection.
- Hardware cloth can be installed around bushes and trees to keep voles from having access to girdle them. Keep in mind that voles can burrow so the barrier needs to be installed below the surface as well.
- Professional Vole Control
- Schedule regular vole control services in the habitats around your home or business to maintain exterior rodent populations.