Voles are hard to spot because of their small size and the fact that they spend much of their time underground. A vole’s damage to your yard and garden can be extensive despite its small size (only 5–7 inches long).
Voles, along with moles, shrews, and mice, are a difficult pest problem that gardeners and homeowners may face. It can be tough to recognize voles from mice; they seem identical. Field mice and meadow mice are other names for voles.
Voles are difficult pests to get rid of, so it’s better to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. I’ll give you a few ideas on how to proceed.
1. Making Your Yard Vole-Unfriendly
If you want to keep voles away from your yard and garden, the first thing you should do is to make the area as uninviting as possible for them. Advice is as follows:
Keep the grass short, the weeds at bay, and the brush pruned. Voles favor thick, lush vegetation because it conceals them from potential threats.
Don’t forget to get rid of any woodpiles or other hiding spots voles might use near your garden and trees.
Keep the grass cut and the bushes pruned on a regular basis. Never provide a hiding spot for voles.
Remove snow from around the trunks of trees and shrubs, and cover the lower trunk of young trees with a protective barrier. Voles are notorious tree pests, especially when it comes to young, vulnerable trees.