Don't be surprised this spring when all your snow melts from your lawn and you have lots of little trails with chewed-away grass. This is due to Voles. Voles are active all year long, they don't hibernate like spiders or live below the frost line like Ants. They are eating the roots of the grass in their underground tunnel system.
To the untrained eye they can look almost identical to a field mouse. The difference is the partially hidden ears, smaller size, stocky body, short legs and a very small tail. They feed on a variety of plants and animals. They eat grass, roots, bark, snails, and very small insects.
The biggest threat to homeowners is the rapid ability to reproduce throughout the year. Voles can have up to five litters per year and anywhere from 1 to 11 young with each litter. That means a female can lay up to 55 voles in one year!
If the problem gets so severe homeowners can try two different repellents to help deter these pest from their gardens, plants, and bushes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves Thiram (Fungicide) or Capsaicin (a product that makes peppers "hot"). This is only a short term action to take to reroute them to other areas. Voles have become accustomed to these products over the years. If they don't seem to be effective call Tanner Pest Control and we will implement other commercial grade products to take care of the problem.
Did you know that September through April are the heaviest months when gophers, voles, mice, and rats are actively burrowing and trying to seek shelter (i.e. your home)? These particular pests don't hibernate in the winter like spiders do. They are a year round nuisance.
Below are some field mice that have had a bit too much bait to snack on this holiday season. As well as a freshly made gopher mound creeping up to eat the roots of a willow tree across the way. Fortunately our exclusion techniques on the exterior of homes and our mice/rat bait boxes make the winter season much more enjoyable by being rodent free!
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Ever wonder what causes the little holes in your backyard? 9 times out of 10 they are holes from Voles (often confused with mice). Mice and rats have large ears, voles, on the other hand, have very small ears. Voles will burrow underground and create a tunnel system near grassy areas.
In the U.S. 23 species of Voles are currently present. Five are common in Utah- the Prairie, Meadow, Long Tailed, Water, and the Montane Vole. This small pest is generally less than 10 inches in length and can usually be distinguished by a brown or gray color. They can be found in areas where they feed, in large patches of grass or heavy foliage areas. Beside eating only vegetation and bark off of trees, they also eat snails and insects. Voles are both nocturnal and diurnal, meaning they live in both the day and night. If you see any holes around your home contact us immediately to get this pest taken care of.
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