Voles drive gardeners and home owners crazy! Find out how to identify and control these pests.
What Is a Vole?
Voles are small rodents that are also known as field mice or meadow mice due their similarities to mice. Two common species of voles in North America are the prairie vole and the meadow vole. Meadow voles are more widely distributed, but prairie voles are more common in prairie areas. They are very similar, and methods for controlling them are mostly the same.
Voles can cause extensive damage in your backyard garden. Not to be confused with mice, voles are happy to eat a wide variety of your plants as well as the bark of some trees. If you’ve noticed your plants being munched, be on the lookout for these cute but pesky creatures.
Voles are especially manic in the early springtime. If it helps, remember that their frenzied activity does subside. In fact, most of the year they go unnoticed.
Vole populations cycle, and about every 3 to 5 years there will be a population boom. Mild winters with good snowfall can help to increase vole populations.