Voles in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia

Vole Control Services In DC, MD & VA

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What Are Voles?

Voles are a type of rodent and are a common pest in lawns and gardens. Voles are herbivores and use their sharp front teeth to feed on grass, plants, bulbs, bark, and roots. Voles have short, stocky bodies covered in brown or black fur, with short legs, small eyes, and ears that are partially hidden from view. They also have short tails that are covered in fur. Rarely found inside, voles are mainly considered to be outdoor pests.

At a glance, voles look very similar to mice as they are both small, furry rodents. But upon closer inspection, the vole has unique physical features that let you know they are a vole and not a mouse.

The first thing to look at is the tail. Mice have long, thin tails, while voles have short furry tails. The body of a vole is "heavier" and more compact than that of a mouse. Voles have small eyes, and the fur on their head partially hides their ears from view. Mice have large eyes and large ears that stand up off the head. 

Are Voles Dangerous?

Voles are mainly outdoor pests. Unlike many other rodents, they usually don't move into our homes. We rarely come in close contact with voles, so they don't pose significant health risks. The biggest concern with voles is their ability to damage our lawns, trees, gardens, and landscaping plants. 

Small trees and shrubs are very susceptible to voles damage because they use their sharp front incisors to chew on the bark at the bottom of them. These small rodents will damage plants in gardens, particularly favoring cabbages, lettuce, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes. Voles create unsightly trails in lawns by feeding on grass and using the same paths to travel through day after day. Voles also dig into and damage lawns to build shallow burrows, underground nests, and food storage areas. 

Why Do I Have A Vole Problem?

Voles are attracted to big open spaces with a lot of grass and other vegetation to eat. Most of our yards provide voles with a suitable environment to live in, making it challenging to keep them off our properties. Yards near things like parks, fields, farms, orchards, and golf courses often experience recurring vole problems. 

Where Will I Find Voles?

Voles do spend some time above the ground feeding, and sometimes you may even spot them moving through the grass, but most of their time they spend below ground in their intricate burrow systems. 

Voles prefer to live in tall grass, dense ground cover, and areas with lots of landscaping to keep them sheltered from predators. Voles are active year-round. When food becomes scarce during the winter months, they turn from feeding on grass and plants to the bark found on trees. 

How Can I Get Rid Of Voles?

If voles have become a problem in your yard, it is best to seek the help of a pest control professional. When you partner with the licensed experts here at Miche Pest Control, you will have peace of mind to know that we will eliminate your entire vole infestation, and they won't return to continue and damage your yard and gardens. Our friendly, highly trained professionals use effective and modern pest control methods and products to control voles and other pests. If you are in our service areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and want to learn more about our vole control services, contact Miche Pest Control today!

How Can I Prevent Voles In The Future?

Preventing problems with voles is difficult, but we want to help you guard your property against them by offering these helpful prevention tips:

  • Eliminate excessive ground cover from your yard.

  • Get rid of tall grass and weeds from your property.

  • Keep the grass cut to its lowest healthy length.

  • Protect the bark of young trees by placing a tree guard around the bottom of trees in your yard.

  • Fill in any ground holes you discover in your yard.

  • Store firewood up off the ground and away from the outside perimeter of your home.

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