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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., is Licensed and Insured, and provides both residential and commercial Vole Removal services for those Difficult Vole Problems.

What Does A Vole Look Like?

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Voles are often confused with mice and rats. The fact is they’re bigger than a mouse, but smaller than a rat. The picture to the left shows a vole causing damage to a lawn.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC are your local experts for vole trapping and vole removal in Central and Eastern Virginia. We know how to safely get rid of voles. If you are a DIY type person you can visit on page that tells you exactly how to get rid of voles.

Our service area includes Henrico, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Midlothian, Brandermill, Woodlake, Mechanicsville, Lake Monticello, Albemarle, Amelia, Goochland, Louisa, Fluvanna, Orange, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hanover Charlottesville, Richmond, Mineral, Gordonsville, and Keswick. If you have voles damaging your yard, killing your plants, or destroying your property or golf course, call Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services and find out how we can help get rid of voles.

Damage and Damage Identification

A vole problem is generally easy to identify. These pesky critters tend to make golf ball size holes in your yard. A lot of time these holes are found in mulch beds.

Voles may cause extensive damage to orchards, ornamentals, and tree plantings due to their girdling of seedlings and mature trees. Girdling damage usually occurs in fall and winter. Field crops (for example, alfalfa, clover, grain, potatoes, and sugar beets) may be damaged or completely destroyed by voles. Voles eat crops and also damage them when they build extensive runway and tunnel systems. These systems interfere with crop irrigation by displacing water and causing levees and checks to wash out. Voles also can ruin lawns, golf courses, and ground covers. Ask us about our premiere vole removal services.

Vole Removal – Questions & Answers

Q. What bait do I use to catch voles?

A. You can use a simple, wooden mouse trap baited with a peanut butter-oatmeal mixture or apple slices, although often you won’t need to use bait, because voles will trigger the trap as they pass over it. Trap placement is crucial. Voles seldom stray from their runways, so set traps along these routes.

Q. Do voles bite?

A.Moles do carry rabies, but direct contact with humans is rare. … However, according to the Minnesota Department of Health there is no history of a vole bite causing rabies in a human. You should be especially careful of voles that behave unusually. If you pick one up, it will bite.

Q. How do you repel voles?

A. Use a hose to generously water your lawn or soil after applying castor-oil repellents to ensure its penetration into the ground. Reapply repellents periodically in order to maintain prime repellency and keep voles away long-term.

Q. What is the difference between a vole and a mouse?

A. A vole, also called a meadow mouse, has rounded ears and body and is reddish or brown and black in color with a gray underside. And finally, a shrew has a pointed snout, but unlike the mole, a shrew’s front feet are not enlarged. Also, a shrew’s eyes are tiny, but they are visible in most species.

Q. How do you trap a vole?

A. An effective vole bait is a peanut butter and oatmeal mixture that is placed on the snap trap pan or spread around the edges and top of the snap trap. INSPECTION OF TRAPS. Examine and inspect vole traps every day. Remove dead voles and reset traps.

Q. Where does a vole live?

A. Voles can be found throughout North America in dense grassy fields, gardens, meadows, woodlands, along lakes and rivers and in agricultural areas. Voles make their nests in underground burrows around tree roots, ground cover and beneath fruit trees.

Q. Are voles nocturnal?

A. Voles are active year-round. Some species are nocturnal, some are diurnal, and others are active day and night. Their diet consists of plants and occasionally insects and fungi. Some species in some regions can be agricultural pests.

Q. Are moles poisonous to humans?

A. Moles can bite and they are able to carry rabies, but there is no historical data that suggests any human has ever contracted rabies from a mole bite. And, since moles don’t generally come in contact with humans unless they are handled, it is not likely that you will be bitten by a mole.

Q. Do voles make raised tunnels in your yard?

A. When voles make tunnels while searching for roots to eat, they do not create raised ridges. Voles create golf-ball-sized entry holes into their tunnels along walls and in mulched beds. Their above ground grassy runways connect to multiple, clustered burrow openings.

Q. Do voles live underground?

A. Meadow voles live above ground and pine voles live undergroundVoles may be active both day and night. They spend most of their time in tunnel systems one to a few inches below the ground. Voles eat grasses, roots, tubers and other plant material, as well as seeds, fruits, bark and underground fungi.


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Girdling and gnaw marks alone are not necessarily indicative of the presence of voles, since other animals, such as rabbits, may cause similar damage. Vole girdling can be differentiated from girdling by other animals by the non-uniform gnaw marks. They occur at various angles and in irregular patches. Marks are about 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) wide, 3/8 inch (1.0 cm) long, and 1/16 inch (0.2 cm) or more deep. Rabbit gnaw marks are larger and not distinct. Rabbits neatly clip branches with oblique clean cuts. Examine girdling damage and accompanying signs (feces, tracks, and burrow systems) to identify the animal causing the damage.

The most easily identifiable sign of voles is an extensive surface runway system with numerous burrow opening. Runways are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in width. Vegetation near well-traveled runways may be clipped close to the ground. Feces and small pieces of vegetation are found in the runways.

The pine vole does not use surface runways. It builds an extensive system of underground tunnels. The surface runways of long-tailed voles are not as extensive as those of most other voles. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)

Health Concerns

Voles pose no major public health hazard because of their infrequent contact with humans; however, they are capable of carrying disease organisms, such as plague (Yersinia pestis) and tularemia (Francisilla tularensis). Be careful and use protective clothing when handling voles. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)


Got Moles? We Remove Them Too!

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How to Get Rid Of Voles In The Yard


The first step in getting rid of voles in your yard is locating and identifying them. A vole is a small animal that is active both above and under the ground in your yard. Because of features such as its coloring and small stature, these animals are often confused for mice or other rodents that have similar characteristics. Here is a great source at to learn more about how to get rid of them.

What do they look like

Voles are small creatures that are round and stocky. They have short brown or black hair on top and usually have undersides that are a darker color. Small features such as a snout make up their face. They also have short, sharp teeth that provide them with the ability to chew through vegetation surrounding the home. One of the main differences between voles and field mice is their size — voles are usually noticeably smaller as a whole and have smaller features. 

Where do they hide

Voles set up their habitats both above and below the ground. Because of this, there are more places around the property where the animals could have set up their home. Some of the most common places that voles like to establish their nests are in underground burrows that they dig, around the roots of trees, and other places with ground cover. Regardless of where they are, voles tunnel from their nests underground in order to find food to eat. 


Once you have successfully identified the voles and determined that they are definitely using your property as a home, it is important to take the next step towards getting rid of them in an effective manner. Voles can create a lot of damage in and around the home due to their burrowing and other habitual tendencies that can tamper with the aesthetic or foundational strength of your home. These animals gnaw on trees which can deplete the health of the vegetation in your yard, dig tunnels and holes that can ruin your grass or yardscaping, and leave droppings that could present a health hazard to those living in the home. 

How to get rid of them

Although there are DIY methods that can be put into place in the short term to get rid of voles, the most effective way to do so is with a professional pest control company that has the tools and experience needed to control the problem quickly and efficiently. At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC, our team has developed years of experience that allow us to easily locate and identify the problem. Following our identification of the voles and where they have set up their nests, we implement a tried and true process that gets rid of them permanently so that you never have to worry again. We use safe trapping methods that revolve around capturing and removing the voles in a timely manner. 


After the voles have been removed from the property and any damage has been assessed, the final step is putting preventative methods into place around your home so that your yard is no longer an attractive location for the voles to make their home. Implementing these methods aid in turning the animals away while simultaneously keeping them out in the long run. 

Entryway elimination 

Covering entryways that could be used by small animals is a great way to ensure that even if Voles are on your property they will not enter the home. This safeguards against any hazards that could come about as a result of having wildlife in your house. Similar to this, putting in fencing that is specifically used to protect from burrowing animals can be used to keep voles and other animals out. This type of fencing is buried at least a foot underground and is high enough to prevent entry from either point. 

Scare devices

Devices placed around the yard such as vibration devices, motion lights, and sprinklers can be used to startle the voles when they are running around the yard. This creates an uncomfortable environment for them which, in turn, makes your yard an unattractive site for them in regards to setting up a home or carrying out their day-to-day activities. 

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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides nuisance wildlife removal, animal control, predator control, pest control, nuisance wildlife exclusion, and wildlife clean-up services.


We have experience handling bats, beavers, birds, Canada geese, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, mice, moles, raccoons, rats, opossums, otters, skunks, squirrels, snakes, voles, muskrats, bobcats, Copperhead snakes, pigeons, and other species of Virginia wildlife.


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