Let's Talk About Voles In Colorado Springs
Most homeowners take pride in their yard by regularly cutting the grass, trimming the bushes, planting flowers, and applying fertilizer and weed control products for a green, weed-free lawn. A sense of satisfaction and pride envelopes you when sitting on your porch or deck with a glass of tea and looking across a well-kept lawn. Pride and joy can quickly turn to frustration when the yard becomes riddled with pathways from voles that make it look like a rodent superhighway.
If voles marred your picturesque last summer, and you think you don't need to worry about them until next spring, you are mistaken. Voles are active throughout the winter. If you had voles last summer, now is the time to secure the Colorado Springs pest control professionals from Beeline Pest Control. Since 2009, we have eradicated voles and other rodents from area properties; we can prevent voles from destroying your pride and joy. Please continue to read the rest of our brief article to learn about voles.
What Do Voles Look Like?
Some call them field or meadow mice, while others confuse voles with moles; however, there is a difference between the two species. Voles in the yard have stocky, compact brown or grey bodies with short tails and legs. Not including its tail, an adult vole is 3 1/2 to 5 inches long and weighs 2 1/2 ounces or less. Voles have small eyes and furred hidden ears. The brownish feet of voles resemble mouse feet, while moles have big feet.
Signs Of Voles In Your Yard
Pest control in Colorado Springs is necessary because of the damage voles cause to your lawns, landscape, garden plants, and trees. The following are ways voles harm your Colorado Springs property:
- Holes in the yard: Voles make one-inch holes to access underground stems and bulbs.
- Trails across the lawn: Voles create one to two-inch pathways in the yard.
- Dried grass patches: Large areas of dead grass indicate possible food storage and nesting areas for voles.
- Chewed bark: Voles gnaw the bark of trees and shrubs at ground level leaving 1/4-inch groves in the wood.
- Sickly trees: The damage voles cause trees from chewing on the bark at ground level may affect the trees' health.
- Droppings: Voles leave droppings that are green when fresh and turn grey when dried.
If you see these indications, you need the vole control service from Beeline Pest Control before too much damage occurs.
Six Tips To Deter The Voles In Colorado Springs
In addition to the vole rodent control in Colorado Springs from Beeline Pest Control, the following are six things you can do to discourage voles from destroying the plants, grass, and trees on your property:
- Cut the grass short.
- Eliminate weeds and dense ground cover.
- Remove debris like wood and leaf piles.
- Remove mulch piles from around trees and shrubs.
- Encapsulate tree trunks with a tree guard that extends 6 to 10 inches below ground level to higher than the snow line.
- Remove bird feeders from the property or keep the ground clean beneath them.
Voles eat garden plants like carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Protect the garden with mesh wire buried up to ten inches below the surface and extending 12 inches above the surface.
Professional Pest Control Services In Colorado Springs
Stopping voles in Colorado Springs involves vole control in Colorado Springs from Beeline Pest Control. When we inspect your property, we will determine the extent of the vole infestation, likely nesting areas, and hot spots. Next, we will create a plan to remove the voles using bait stations. We will work to prevent a future infestation by applying repellants to keep future voles away.
Contacts us today for a free quote and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Colorado Springs.