How to Get Rid of Voles
Rodents are cute little creatures that are either loved or loathed. Before you ask why, just think about the different rodents you know, mouse, hamsters and others. Hamsters make great pets, heck they even make great experimental specimens. While mouse or worst, rats can cause all sorts of ruckus. They can even bring about different types of diseases.
When we think about rodents, we rarely think about voles. Voles are small rodents closely resembling rats but with slightly different features. They have a stouter body and shorter tail and they have a rounder head and smaller eyes and ears. Voles doesn’t look like they can harm a fly but they multiply very quickly and can damage crops. Don’t be surprised if you have 20 voles in your property today and find the number to triple in a matter of months.
With large infestation of voles, they would demand a great amount of food supply and they will get it from crops and other plants such as trees and lawns. If you notice any presence of voles, you should try to eliminate them as soon as possible. There are several ways to get rid of voles and here are some of the different methods that you can do to remove them:
Identify the infestation
There are different pests that can invade your property and you should identify what type of rodent is causing the damage to your property. There are different ways to check the type of rodent that is destroying your crops. In order to control the problem properly, you should know what you are dealing with. For voles, you should find small holes that have small pieces of plants around its entrance. You would also find signs of plant and tree damage along the way. This is one way to know that there are voles in your garden.
Use mouse traps
Live traps should be used when you plan on capturing voles in your garden. Although they are considered as pests, voles should not be killed off but rather, they should be captured alive and disposed of properly. Build a trap using peanut butter and pieces of apple as bait, voles have a strong sense of smell that can sense these food items. Place the traps in front of the holes that you find so they wouldn’t be far off from capturing the voles. Traps are inexpensive methods of dealing with voles.
Build a fence
One of the best ways to prevent voles and other pests from entering your property is by installing fence around your garden. Since voles are small rodents, they can squeeze in between small spaces between the fences. You should make the spaces of the fence very minimal to prevent voles from getting in. Also, you should dig up to at least a feet underground when installing the fence since there are other rodents that can crawl underground which can disregard the tall fence bordering your property.
It also helps that you build a fence around your trees if there are signs of vole presence. While you try to eliminate the presence of voles, you should protect the trees until no sign of voles can be found
Remove possible habitats
Voles prefer living spaces that are hidden and full of brushes of leaves. Dispose ground cover to discourage voles from building a house on your property. Low bushes, wood piles, and spaces underneath sheds should be disposed to make sure that voles do not live on it.