Vole: trap (s), poison, gas or gunshot trap?

Do you have a vole problem and are thinking of killing the vole with poison, gas, carbide or a self-shot trap? Or do you even want to give the voles such a lasting shock with newfangled ultrasound waves that they never come back?

First of all: No product is 100% safe against voles. Most products also fail to deliver what they promise. The result: lost money and what sometimes weighs even worse, lost time, since the vole has now penetrated even deeper into your well-tended garden land and has further destroyed the existing vegetation and grassy areas.

We give you an overview of what to think of products such as traps, vole poison, vole gas, shot mines or ultrasound against voles.

Traps against voles

There are various traps against voles on the market. Some surprises require suitable bait to be used. Depending on the type of trap, these can be caught from one side or both sides. In addition to wire traps, there are also tilt bar traps or tube traps, all of which show different successes in catching voles.

Usually, the trap is pushed into the vole passage or fitted into the opening after the buried passage has been carefully uncovered. Some traps against voles are also placed in front of the passage opening. Vegetables such as celery, carrots, root vegetables or Jerusalem artichoke are often used to bait the trap. It is essential to avoid external weather conditions when using traps against voles. For this purpose, gloves must be worn, and the web should be exposed to the weather for a few days before it is used for the first time.

Traps against voles are not 100% reliable. Rentokil recommends the use of professional vole control.

Vole poison

Vole control outdoors is usually subject to the Plant Protection Act and is therefore legally assessed at the municipal level. As far as it is locally permissible, the Rentokil pest experts use a poison to combat vole, which is used in the form of food or ready-made bait. Usually, the poison is based on zinc phosphide, which is only converted into hydrogen phosphide in the body of the vole and unfolds its lethal effect. Vole venom baits are generally introduced into the vole outlets. Laying it out openly would endanger other animals, especially pets and birds.

The main problem with vole poison: Due to alternative food sources, the vole often does not satisfactorily accept the bait, so that the temptation spoils. Sometimes the trick is dragged into the burrow but is first stored there in the pantry before it is consumed. The poison against the voles often loses its effect due to the delay. The use of bait with vole venom should only be considered in winter or spring when there is a food shortage for voles.

Rentokil advises that instead of trying vole poison, it is better to take professional action against voles: Professional vole control immediately.

Vole gas

Vole gas is usually used to control vole in preparations such as calcium carbide (carbide) as an acetylene developer or with hydrogen phosphide or hydrogen phosphide developers. In reaction with water, carbides release acetylene, which in the best case leads to the deterrence of the voles. Phosphorus developers, which are first sprinkled into the voles’ passages as granules, release their toxic effect in the form of phosphorus when exposed to moisture.

The use of vole gas depends on the weather. In addition, the vole gas is usually insufficient to kill voles due to inadequate and insufficient concentration distribution in the corridors. Even if the passage openings are immediately sealed after the preparations have been applied, the vole gas has no penetrating effect. This is especially true for sandy soils. In addition, practices that develop hydrogen phosphide gas or the hydrogen phosphide gas itself – with which higher concentrations can also be achieved – are not without danger.

Therefore: Instead of using vole gas (carbide/hydrogen phosphide) to deter or control vole, the professional AAA Termites and Pest Control vole control should be commissioned straight away.

Vole shot trap

The vole shot trap works according to the “gas pistol principle”: After the vole exit has been exposed at one point, the loaded vole trap is self-shot cocked and released into the passage. If the vole tries to close the passage opening, the shot trap is triggered. The vole is supposed to be killed immediately in an animal welfare manner by pressing the particular cartridge. The problem: A vole shot trap can – as already happened – lead to injuries if the safety pin/bracket is accidentally loosened or the shot trap gets into the hands of unauthorised persons such as children.

Do not take any risks. The best thing to do is get in touch with the experts in vole control: Rentokil vole control.

Ultrasound as a vole shot trap

Devices supposed to help repel voles using ultrasound and infrasound waves, vibrations or similar physical properties do not work. All the scientific experiments carried out have clearly shown no connection between the use of such devices and the success of displacement or the prevention of repopulation by voles. Therefore: hands-off and better contact the Rentokil pest experts right away to carry out a professional vole control

Regardless of whether it is vole traps, vole gas, vole poison, devices such as vole repellants or vole gunshot traps: Many of these products, which are supposed to help against voles, either do not help at all, only to a limited extent or the effect is too long in coming. Do not lose valuable time and do not spend unnecessary money on unprofessional hardware store products, which are just as questionable as many home remedies supposed to help against voles. 100% professional vole control is available here.

Please note that the tips and home remedies on this page are described in the literature, which Rentokil has neither checked nor recommended in any particular form and for which we assume no liability.