We have all heard of and read how to control lizards in the houses, how to remove spiders, and how to clean areas from mosquitoes, slugs and other poisonous, harmful or disease-causing (to plants, humans, and animals alike) insects or animals, however, we have rarely ever heard of vole control. And this primarily because more than half of us do not even what exactly is a vole.
Voles are mammals that most likely resemble rats and mice. However, they are tiny rodents that feed on plants, nuts and seeds, and are most commonly found in North America, South America, Canada and parts of Georgia, Antarctica, Atlantic Ocean, New Mexico and Rocky Mountains. Voles have a short, but a significant, life-span which varies between eight months to over an year, and voles reproduce quickly, thus increasing their over-all population by hundreds and hundreds every year. Voles survive by digging holes, commonly known as voles’ holes, in the ground for protection from predators such as coyotes, foxes, snakes, hawks and eagles, reproducing and keeping their offspring safe from being hunt, feeding, breeding, and living during the winter months. The holes are deep, and the pathways are narrow but long that lead to these voles holes. To avoid vole holes in gardens, lawns and fields, it would be best to avoid voles from creating those vole holes.
Vole clean-up plan
The first and foremost measure one can take is the usage of cleaning up the area, and stopping voles and moles from living in that specific area. By mowing the grass regularly and by constantly cutting the weeds, and keeping the general area, voles will leave the area. And thus no more vole holes will be made by the voles, as no more voles will be living in the concerned area. Also, reducing grub infestation in fields, lawns and meadows makes the voles search for more abundant food sources in other nearby areas, and this makes them leave the concerned area.
Furthermore, one can invest in chemical repellants that can either be bought from the market or produced at home to reduce inhabitance of the area. Also, using chemicals that smell and are repugnant on the lawns and meadows make the voles and moles leave the area for non-smelling grounds to reproduce and inhabit since it is a biologically proven fact that moles and voles have a strong and a well-developed sense of smell and bad smells will render them to evacuate the area. Thus, this will reduce and finally stop the construction of vole holes in the ground.
Thirdly, to reduce the construction and thriving of voles holes in the grounds, voles can be physically removed from the area by leaving snakes and hawks in the area as they are predators that feed on voles. Some predators, such as foxes or coyotes, have a strong sense of direction, sight, and hearing and they can detect where voles make holes and cleanse the area through predation. This eventually reduces the overall number and further production of voles’ holes.