Resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail.
Reddish brown with lighter underbelly.
Grow from 3 to 10 inches in length.
Consists of moist, dense grassland with substantial amounts of plant litter. Habitat selection is largely influenced by relative ground cover of grasses.
Voles will target plants more than most other small animals
What does a vole look like?
Voles are stocky, rounded rodents with short tails, short ears, beady eyes and a blunt nose.
Can voles harm my family or employees?
While voles are carriers of diseases, they typically pose no major public health problem due to the lack of contact with humans.
How can I tell if I have voles?
Voles are a nuisance pest because of the damage they cause lawns and golf courses. Voles construct well-defined, visible tunnels or runways at or near the surface of lawns, about two inches wide. These runways result from the voles eating the grass blades and their constant travel through the runways.
How can I gain control of voles in my lawn?
Modifying their habitat is the best way to gain control over voles. Eliminate weeds, heavy mulch, and dense vegetation. These items provide food and protection from predators.
You can also protect plants and young trees with wire cylinders that have a mesh size no larger than ¼ inch. The cylinder should be buried at least 6 inches below the surface to prevent voles from tunneling beneath it.