Voles in the garden usually put the patience and nerves of gardeners to the test: Damage to ornamental plants, flower and vegetable crops, as well as fruit trees ruin the lovingly and devoted garden within a short time. In addition, voles often create a widely ramified system of corridors running close to the surface that tatters the once well-tended lawn and drives the gardener to despair.
We will tell you how you can first of all know without a doubt whether the garden is a vole or a legally protected mole and whether there are home remedies that are suitable for driving away voles. Get an overview of the products available on the market against a vole infestation and find out what helps in the context of vole control.
What are voles?
Voles are a subfamily of the voles and can be distinguished from other mouse families – house mice – by their shorter tail about their body length. The most common species are field and earth mice, bank voles, water voles and muskrats.
These rodents, cute at first glance, can quickly cause considerable damage. They damage cereals, Brussels sprouts, beans. Cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, watermelons, melons are destroyed in greenhouses and gardens. They also like to eat root crops: beets, carrots, potatoes. In winter, they feed on strawberries, raspberries, moss, and lichen under the snow, and they gnaw on the bark of young trees. Voles also damage seeds in granaries. If you find that your plants have been attacked, do an inspection as soon as possible to find any unwanted guests.
The vole is characterised by round ears, often hidden in the hair, by its small eyes and a short tail. These are small, stocky animals, similar to field mice. Their thick fur is usually light brown or grey. Voles love fields that are rich in weeds and plants. They are active both during the day and at night, especially in the early hours of the morning and at dusk.
You will immediately recognise the voles by the snake-like system of corridors that usually run through your entire garden. They are most active in spring, after which the urge to dig disappears. The rodents like to dig up to roots and tubers and methodically eat them. If you see half-eaten carrots and potatoes, that’s a clear indication that there must have been a vole in your yard. The tiny pests like to nest at the base of trees and bushes, damaging the roots, as they particularly want to feed on the bark. A female vole gives birth to around 20 young each year, usually in three to four litters. This means that voles reproduce very quickly.
Voles in the garden. What to do?
Are there voles in your garden, or maybe moles after all? We will help you differentiate and show you what signs there are of a vole infestation in the park. Learn more about the differentiation of voles and moles.
What helps against voles in the garden? Get tips on driving away voles and finding out which remedies and home remedies against voles help. You can find more information about home remedies for voles here.
Many products are supposed to help against voles in the garden: from vole traps to vole gas and vole poison, from the vole killer, fright or repeller to shot traps and carbide against voles. You can find out which products against voles help against voles here.
When the vole plague gets out of hand, professional vole control is required. We’ll tell you when it’s time to hire a professional to control vole. Detailed information on how professionals fight voles can be found here.