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Vole Identification & Prevention

What are voles?

Voles are tiny rodents that look very similar to mice, though their underground habitats can often lead you to confuse them with moles as well. Voles live in burrows and often feed underground by burrowing under plants and feeding on their root systems. Their feeding habits can make vole control difficult, as people often attribute unexplained plant deaths to other issues besides vole activity. 

Are voles dangerous?

Voles are not particularly dangerous. They can carry similar diseases as mice and rats, but they're unlikely to come into much contact with you because they only infest your yard and not your home. So the chances of your family contracting a vole-borne disease are low. 

The main problem with vole infestations is that these little rodents often spread external parasites like fleas and ticks, which can and do infect humans with serious illnesses. Voles are also a significant threat to your landscaping, lawns, and gardens. 

Why do I have a vole problem?

Typically, you develop a vole problem because you have things attracting them to your yard. They love fruits and nuts, so if you have trees that produce these food items, voles may come from all around. They'll also come for vegetable gardens and landscaping with healthy, vigorous root systems. Aerated soil that's loose and easy to burrow through will also attract voles. Basically, if you take good care of your lawn, voles may take notice.

Where will I find voles?

The good news about a vole infestation is that you typically won't find these little rodents indoors. This fact means you don't have to worry about property damage inside your house, and you don't have to worry about contracting diseases from contaminated food. Most of the time, you'll find voles burrowing and living in holes in your yard. You might also see them scurrying through your grass or bushes, as they often scurry along above the ground.

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