Part of the rodent family, voles are also known as field mice and can often be found digging tunnels and churning up plants and flower beds. They are often mistaken for mice or moles, it can be difficult to distinguish the difference however this may be apparent by a smaller tail (compared to mice) and the appearance of external ears and long, pointed snouts compared to moles.
Although they spend a lot of their time below ground, they do not eat worms and grubs like moles do, they are instead herbivores. When not eating the visible plants in your garden they will forage underground and get at their roots, even destroying the whole root system of your plants.
Since moles breed quickly, you can soon find an infestation of up to 10 young, and they breed several times per year sometimes up to 10 times.
Voles and diseases
Voles are known to carry the same diseases as other rodents, they are also known to carry babesiosis, hantavirus, and salmonella.
Vole removal & exclusion
If you find a vole in your home, it’s most likely be mistake, they like to spend most of their time underground but do venture up more than moles.
Voles in the back yard can be less obvious, they don’t leave a mound of dirt behind like moles do. You may notice their presence from the sudden appearance of dead plants or from displaced dirt and tunnels in your yard.
Attempting to bait them is not usually successful and effective products are not available to ordinary members of the public, instead the best method is trapping.
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