Voles are voracious little rodents, who constantly eat throughout the year. Measuring about four to eight inches long, voles are sometimes mistaken for moles since they often travel through burrows initially dug up by moles.
Voles are difficult to eradicate since they bear a new litter several times a year. Vole control professionals are critical to stemming an infestation.
Why do voles get into a garden?
One primary reason voles are attracted to gardens is food. Voles are herbivores with a voracious appetite and prefer tender plant roots, seeds, bulbs, and vegetation — all readily available in a well-maintained garden. Homeowners cultivating plants like vegetables, flowers, and shrubs inadvertently create an ideal feeding ground for these rodents.
Another factor contributing to vole invasions is the availability of suitable shelter. Voles use tunnel systems above and below ground, with the former visible as surface runways. They usually use mole tunnels The dense vegetation and mulch often found in gardens provide ample cover and nesting materials for voles, enabling them to establish colonies and reproduce rapidly.
Gardens are often located near natural habitats, such as wooded areas or fields, where voles typically reside. The proximity of these environments to a garden makes it easy for voles to venture into new territory in search of food and shelter. As human populations expand and encroach on natural habitats, it is common for voles and other wildlife to seek refuge in residential areas, including gardens.
Getting Rid of Voles in a Garden
Let one of our lawn and pest experts look at your lawn, so they can prepare a plan to eliminate moles and voles. Please leave your information on the TermiGuard website, and we will set up an appointment at your convenience.
While it may be tempting to try home remedies to address a vole infestation, many of these methods are largely ineffective in the long run. For instance, some homeowners may attempt to use natural repellents, such as castor oil, mothballs, or predator urine, to deter voles from their gardens. However, the effectiveness of these repellents is often inconsistent and short-lived, as voles may become accustomed to the scent or move to another part of the garden.
Similarly, some people may employ DIY trapping methods, like setting up snap traps or live traps to capture voles. While these approaches may catch a few voles, they are unlikely to provide a comprehensive solution, as voles reproduce rapidly and can quickly repopulate an area. Moreover, DIY trapping can be time-consuming and frustrating, as voles are elusive creatures that often avoid traps.
Residents of South New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area with a mole or vole problem can rely on TermiGuard to get the job done right. We have years of experience in mole and vole removal.
Pest control professionals possess the expertise and experience necessary to accurately assess the extent of the infestation and develop a tailored, effective treatment plan. They have access to specialized tools, equipment, and proven methods that can help homeowners achieve long-term results.
In addition to addressing the immediate infestation, pest control professionals can provide valuable guidance on preventative measures to keep voles at bay in the future. They can help identify and eliminate potential attractants, such as food sources and shelter, and recommend landscaping modifications that may discourage voles from invading the garden again.
Ultimately, engaging a professional pest control company to handle a vole infestation can save homeowners time, effort, and resources. By relying on expert knowledge and proven techniques, homeowners can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing their garden is protected from these tenacious pests.