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.