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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.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC are your local experts for vole trapping and vole removal in Central and Eastern Virginia – including Albemarle, Amelia, Goochland, Louisa, Fluvanna, Orange, Powhatan, Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover Counties, as well as the Cities of Charlottesville and Richmond, and the towns of Mineral, Gordonsville, Earlysville, 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
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.
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 underground. Voles 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)
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)
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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.
We operate our business within accepted industry standards and best practices, and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.