If you live in Utah, either in the mountains, on the benches, or even further out west in the valley, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen mice and voles on your property. A large contributor to this recent problem is the sudden change in weather. With the cold winter we’ve had, quickly turning into a warm spring, there are mice and voles everywhere, suddenly becoming very active.
So if you have this problem, the question everyone has been asking is “What can I do to get rid of the mice and voles?” Not only are they a nuisance but they can do a lot of damage to your yard, plants and even the structural integrity of your home.
With such dangers and annoyances out there, we thought we’d help out by providing you some valuable information. The following are some basic steps to take that will greatly decrease the chances of you getting mice & voles on your property. As well, if you are already faced with the issue, these steps will help eliminate the problem all together.
Quick Summary of Steps:
- Remove as much weed or unwanted plant life as possible within your yard, and keep yard trimmed short.
- Install steel mesh cylinders around plants you want to keep and protect.
- Spray hot sauce, like capsaicin on plants you want to protect.
- If the above steps prove unsuccessful, use mouse snap traps. Keep out of reach of children.
To provide a bit more detailed information, here are a few scenarios where you may find voles in particular, and how you can get rid of them.
How to Get Rid of Voles in the Yard
Mice and voles in the yard are very hard to spot at first. Both are underground dwellers and spend most of their time there, but occasionally do come above the surface. Voles search in tunnels for most of their food. While they do eat worms and grubs, they also often seek out roots of plants. This is one of the big problems they cause in people’s yards. Voles will burrow underneath plants and live there until they have destroyed the entire root system, and will then be on to the next plant. This is why they are so detrimental to plants. The best method for getting rid of voles in the root system is to use vole poison. This poison cannot be purchased over the counter at a farm store. Because of this, your options are limited. You can either hire a professional to come set the poison or you can try trapping the voles with lethal mouse traps. While setting traps is an option, it can be dangerous and can simply not work, as it takes work discovering the active tunnels voles are using. Feel free to try it out yourself or contact a professional to spread the poison. If you’d like to hire us, click here.
How to Get Rid of Voles in Your Garden
If you have roots and bulbs in your garden, that is heaven for any possible voles. If you’ve noticed your plants have started wilting and dying for no obvious reason, you should suspect a vole problem. Voles are very difficult to trap in the garden. Due to the loose soil most gardens have, it is near impossible to spot any kind of tunnel system from voles. If you’re noticing your plants life diminishing, call a professional and see about spreading poison for voles.
How to Get Rid of Voles in Your House
Unless mice, voles do not want to be in your house any more than you want them to be. If you spot a vole in your house, first make sure it is indeed a vole and not a house or field mouse. While voles do occasionally venture above ground, they prefer the dark coverage that a tunnel system in the yard or garden provides. It is most likely an accident that the voles got in your home to begin with. Due to the fact that voles don’t take bait like mice, setting a trap will be highly unlikely to produce any results. If possible, using furniture and boards, create a path that will allow the voles to get back outside. Then once the animal is outside, see if you can figure out how it got in and ensure that hole or area is plugged up so it doesn’t happen again.
For more valuable information regarding prevention and treatment of all pests, see our other blog posts.