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Pest Control Tip: Vole Control

by editor on August 29, 2011

Voles are tiny, mouse-like rodents that burrow holes underneath your landscape as they feed off the roots of plants. Homeowners often mistake voles as moles because they both create underground tunnels, but vole tunnels do not produce the signature volcano mound of dirt moles create. The damage created by vole burrowing results in a sinking landscape, a turf that has a compromised root system and plants that have been killed by incessant feeding off the roots.

Voles are also known to “girdle,” or strip the bark from a tree. This can cause an unsightly landscape, and it could also be fatal to the tree. With all the potential damage voles can cause, it would be wise to find effective vole control in order to keep your landscape intact and ensure the continued health and vitality of your trees and shrubs.

There are several Phoenix pest control options to help you get rid of voles. If you’re looking for a humane option, there are live traps your Phoenix pest control specialist can set to capture the voles and relocate them to a better area where they won’t cause damage to anyone’s landscape. If humane traps are more trouble than you’re looking for, you can also set mouse traps or use poison (rodenticides).

Rodenticides are zinc phosphide-based and cause internal bleeding. After ingesting the poison, voles will basically hemorrhage to death. If you choose to set out a rodenticide or have your Phoenix pest control expert use it around your landscape, you need to be aware that other animals or children could come into contact with the poison. You can circumvent the potentially dangerous situation by suggesting that your Phoenix pest control expert put the rodenticide in a bait container.

Mouse traps need to be set perpendicular to a vole tunnel that is wider than the other tunnels, as this is indicative of heavy vole traffic. Pest controls specialists recommend using peanut butter as bait and setting the traps in fall or late winter, preferably under a box so other animals or children won’t come into contact with the trap.

If voles continue to be a problem for your landscape, contact your local Phoenix pest control company for expert and effective vole control.

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