Maybe you’ve seen something similar in your yard? You’re very lucky if so. You more than likely have voles 🔥 Voles are rodents that resemble mice, although they are stouter, and have longer hair and shorter tails 😁 Many confuse the lawn damage and “runways” they create for the work of moles, but there are some very big differences between the two and it’s important to be able to tell them apart. Voles cause the most damage to your garden. Although they can damage your lawn through tunneling or mounding, moles are actually insectivores that eat mostly bugs and earthworms.
It’s a mouse, so a cat should do the trick, right? Not quite. Voles don’t live in a house; they are outdoors and deep below the earth. Voles are not attracted to cats as they cannot get into these places. Voles live underground and are often left unaffected by cats. To control or prevent voles, many people resort to DIY techniques that are ineffective. These are wasteful of money and time. They don’t address the nature of the beast. Most DIY solutions can be nothing more than old wives tales or new internet myths. They make it easier to feel good about yourself and not help you achieve anything. Voles can thrive underground, and they are multiplying under your nose while you’re trying DIY solutions. EnviroPest can help you prevent or deter voles living on your property. EnviroPest’s rodent control solutions consist of an inspection and proactive steps. When necessary, we can remove the voles. To prevent voles damaging your property, call now. This was modified by Chelsa Okayefe, January 25, 2021.
Further reading can be found at gardensalive.com, a. Voles are well known for eating the roots of plants, consuming Spring bulbs and tubers underground (other than daffodils, fritillaria, and garlic, which they avoid), and for chewing on the bark of trees and shrubs—especially over the winter. Mulch over the base trees invites this damage by providing protection from predators—but snow cover can hide the little rodents just as well. Protective measures such as a wire cage and/or by wrapping the trunks with tree guards or hardware cloth—a type of small mesh metal fencing. These three types of protection can also prevent rabbits, groundhogs, and deer gnawing at your property. For pointing out this, a special thanks to Patton Grubbs of Belgaum in India.
It is important to note the negative effects of meadow voles upon their ecosystems. Because they ingest vegetable matter at a high rate, it stimulates its degradation and promotes the release of nutrients. They spread their nutrients rich, nutrient-rich pellets through their habitats for the immense benefit of new and improved species. growing vegetation. They also speed up the dispersal vital mycorrhizal fungal fungi and thus influence the survival and growth rates of many important species of trees. They are found in shrub and open fields of the early successional stages disturbed ecosystems. Their presence is accompanied by activities greatly influence the rate and direction of subsequent successional stages. Kathryn Appleby (Seoul, South Korea) revised this article on October 7, 2021