Identifying a Vole Infestation
Voles can cause significant damage to your garden and landscaping. Knowing how to identify a vole infestation is crucial for effective control. In this section, we'll explore the signs of vole presence, areas prone to infestations, and how to differentiate vole species based on their signs.
Signs of Vole Infestation
- Runways and surface tunnels in grass or snow.
- Chewed plants, trees, and shrubs.
- Small burrow openings near the base of plants.
- Nests made of grass and leaves.
- Visible vole droppings near burrow entrances.
Areas Prone to Vole Infestations
- Gardens, orchards, and fields.
- Areas with dense vegetation and ground cover.
- Along the edges of wooded areas.
- Near water sources like streams or ponds.
Differentiating Vole Species by Signs
- Meadow voles leave shallow surface runways.
- Pine voles create tunnels underground.
- Prairie voles construct complex burrow systems.
By recognizing these signs, you can take proactive measures to control vole infestations and protect your outdoor spaces.