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Large Numbers of Voles Can Decimate Gardens and Trees

volesUnder Ideal Conditions, Vole Populations Can Explode

Voles, sometimes called meadow mice, are small, burrowing rodents which can cause considerable damage to your property if their population is left to grow unchecked. Voles usually measure no more than eight inches long and have compact, stocky bodies.

These pests spend the majority of their time below-ground, but can be identified mainly by the distinctive tunnel habits. These tunnel openings are usually hidden by a thin layer of grass, which hide an aperture about two inches across. Voles are mostly herbivores and feed on all kinds of plant life, and they’ll take advantage of their burrows to stockpile seeds in preparation for winter.

Vole populations can fluctuate from year to year, but when conditions are ideal, they can multiply extremely quickly and overwhelm a particular area. In some circumstances, there may be several thousand voles living and breeding within one square acre.

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Voles can cause extensive damage to gardens by feeding on any fruits and vegetables they may find there, but they also pose significant risks to the root systems of nearby trees, as their burrowing tends to interfere with natural growth.

A large number of voles will also gnaw incessantly at tree trunks, cutting off the flow of nutrients and potentially killing the tree completely. Although voles are generally not accomplished climbers, they have been known to scamper up to some lower branches and cause the same kind of damage above the ground.

It’s important to get a handle on a vole population before it gets out of hand. One effective way to do this is to reduce the amount of lawn debris and excess vegetation around your yard, making the area more inhospitable to voles. Weeds and overgrown foliage provide shelter and food for vole populations, and they will certainly seek out an alternate habitat if these factors are removed.

Wire or mesh fences also go a long well to protecting gardens from vole populations, although it’s important to remember to burry these fences at least six to ten inches below the surface, so that burrowing voles will still be denied access.

volesWhen there a large number of voles in a single location, trapping and baiting may be a viable alternative to the use of pesticides. Repellents, natural and otherwise, are also available for purchase, but their guaranteed efficacy is often contested among experts.

Cantu Pest Control cares about safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our vole removal professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.

If voles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced vole removal experts.

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Voles Can Cause Costly Damage to Landscaping

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Vole Burrowing Can Disrupt Root Systems

Voles spend most of their time burrowing in their elaborate, far-reaching den network, although they can sometimes be seen running along above ground as well. One of the clearest telltale signs of voles in your yard is the appearance of well-traveled, above ground routes or pathways that connect one burrow opening to another.

However, these paths can sometime prove difficult to spot, as they’re commonly covered with a protective layer of grass or foliage, which is usually adequate to protect the runway from sight. These burrow openings, which can appear suddenly and in worrying numbers, are usually about one and a half to two inches in diameter.

Further evidence of voles, apart from their burrow openings, is the appearance of fresh grass “clippings” or small droppings which are usually greenish in color. As these droppings are exposed to oxygen, they tend to turn brown or grey over time.

Voles are active through the year and can operate even in frozen climates. In the winter, they have the ability to burrow layers of snow and up to the surface. Vole populations tend to fluctuate from year to year, but under favorable conditions and with access to enough food, their numbers can increase rapidly and they can quickly become pests.

volesSeveral families can occupy a single burrow system, and they size of the system depends largely on the availability of food in the area.

Voles can and typically do breed through the year, although peak mating times often occur in the spring. Females mature very quickly, usually in about thirty-five to forty days, and can give birth to up to ten litters a year.

Litters usually consist of about three to six young, although it’s uncommon for voles to live longer than a year in the wild.

Most voles usually will not venture inside human habitations; most of the damage they cause will be outdoors. During prime vole breeding seasons, outbreaks of vole populations can lead to fairly serious economic issues, as voles have been known to destroy crops and gardens, and their burrowing disturbs the roots of many other kinds of plants.

volesMoreover, they can also cause costly damage to landscaping, which may have to be replaced completely. Although voles are poor climbers and prefer to remain underground, they can sometimes climb up on low hanging tree branches and cause damage to trees off the surface of the ground as well.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas vole removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If voles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced vole removal experts.