Vole Trapping & Removal for Richmond

Introduction

Voles in Richmond Yards

Are the roots of your plants chewed off? Do you notice small holes in your plant beds next to your dead plants? If so, check the roots. There are many reasons plant can die, but cheded of roots indicate a vole problem.

Call Critter Control of Richmond today and have one of our Wildlife Professionals assess and treat your vole in yard, vole in garden, voles in lawn, or voles in plant ped problem!

There are many different types of voles. The type that causes the most problems in our area is the pine vole. Voles are rodents. They are mouse-sized, or a bit larger, but with shorter ears and tails than mice. Pine voles are reddish brown with lighter colored bellies, and a rounded face (similar to a hamster). Many people mistake shrews for voles. Shrews are dark gray or nearly black, mouse-sized, and have distinctly pointed faces. Shrews are a very common, native woodland animal which are generally harmless.

Biology

Voles have incredible reproductive capacity. In the south, they will produce young year round. Females usually have three to five litters per year with three to six young per litter. Populations vary considerably, from two to twenty per acre. Populations tend to peak every three to four years.

Habits/Damage

Pine voles live in wooded areas. Contrary to what the name implies, they are more common in hardwoods than in pines. Pine voles eat primarily roots, bulbs, tubers and seeds. They can kill small plants by completely devouring the roots or by girdling the plant at the root collar. Pine voles can be a serious pest to ornamental plantings. Other times, they live in a given yard for years without causing any significant damage. Their presence, in part, is advertised by one inch diameter holes in the mulch beds, flower beds, and around trees and bushes. Do not mistake vole holes with the shallow holes made by squirrels digging up nuts. Also, shrews and mice can also make holes similar to vole holes. Pine voles also use mole tunnels to travel around, with the mole getting the blame for the voles’ damage. When voles do kill a plant, there will be obvious teeth marks on the stem or remaining roots. Voles get blamed for killing a lot of plants which die from other causes. Do not assume that just because something goes wrong with the plant’s roots that it is voles; look for those teeth marks.

Control

Voles are notoriously hard to control. We use a poisoned grain bait to control voles. It is a restricted-use pesticide which is manufactured by the United States Department of Agriculture. We have found this product to be very effective. This bait is placed underground in the voles’ tunnel system by dropping it down the vole holes, which are actually vertical shafts leading to a tunnel running horizontally 1-4 inches below ground. We also make small openings in the tops of mole tunnels to drop the bait into their tunnel system since voles often travel there as well. The bait is relatively short lived and needs to be reapplied on a regular basis to maintain control. Generally speaking, every three months is about right, although heavily infested areas may need treatments every month.

Many homeowners have good success at deterring voles by using sharp gravel which is either mixed with the soil when planting, or sprinkled generously around established plants, almost like a mulch. You should be able to find sharp gravel soil amendments such as “Permatill” or “Volebloc” at your local garden center. A cheaper source of sharp gravel is “layer grit,” which is crushed stone fed to chickens. Check with local feed stores (“Feed Dealers” in the yellow pages) for a source. We see less vole damage in beds mulched with bark nuggets or stone, so converting to these mulches may be worth consideration. Some homeowners have success trapping voles using mouse snap traps. Bait the trap with a slice of apple or sweet potato, place it beside a vole hole, and cover with a flower pot. If nothing is caught in two days, refresh the bait and move it to a new hole. This generally only works if you have a small number of holes and a large amount of time.

 

Testimonials

Marilyn
6/15/2021
Brendan is always good and he is friendly.thank you
Richard
6/11/2021
Y’all were responsive & personable… & caught 4 critters that were doing damage digging up our lawn. Thanks.
Sally
6/11/2021
Thanks for taking care of our "critters" so quickly and efficiently. It's not a job I want any part of, but I'm glad you are good at it!
Bill
6/11/2021
They did a really good job, very professional and courteous.
Lee
6/10/2021
Terrance showed up when he said he would and did a great job. Thank you for the help.
SMK Trust
6/10/2021
Excellent work. Kept us informed throughout and helped us control the problem.
Marshall
6/10/2021
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6/10/2021
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Mica
6/10/2021
My whole interaction with Critter Control was very satisfying from making the appointment to Chris' 2 visits. He diagnosed the issue and returned several days later to finish the job with a creative solution. Many thanks!
Nancy
6/10/2021
Chris is excellent! He eliminated the flying squirrels and bats from our new home. He’s always professional and polite.
Brian
6/10/2021
Terry did a great job with the initial bird removal and covering up the hole where the birds had nested afterwards. He was also very polite and explained everything that he was doing. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
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6/10/2021
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Phyllis
6/9/2021
Critter Control was EXCELLENT in helping us get an iguana out of our attic! The technician was polite, friendly and very responsible! He explained what he was doing and what had to be done to ensure success in removing the iguana. I would hire Critter Control again without hesitation. Thanks Critter Control for helping us!
Heather
6/3/2021
Thank you!..always on top of it!
Robert
6/2/2021
Great service to secure our home. We had a new roof installed but they never did Rescreen the vents to keep the critters out of the house. Nice job Brandon.
Daryl
6/2/2021
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Laura
6/2/2021
Chris is amazing!
Paul
6/2/2021
Great job on the screening and thank you for checking on the traps daily!
Michael
6/2/2021
Service Tech was excellent.
Olga
6/2/2021
Thank you very much!
Joann
6/2/2021
I appreciated the help from the men who came to take care of my raccoon problem. They both were friendly and professional. Thank you! Jo Ann Rayner
SMK Trust
6/2/2021
Very professional and kept us informed throughout the process.
Teri
5/21/2021
Dependable, good job!
Bill
5/19/2021
I was very satisfied with there service. They quickly responded to my request and captured the animal that was destroying my garden. Totally professional.
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5/18/2021
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Bert
5/11/2021
CC did a very good job.
Erik
5/4/2021
Professional and friendly
Sara
5/4/2021
Excellent customer service! Last week we realized a family of cute birds were nesting in our roof soffit. The nest was right above our deck, and they were getting aggressive with our dogs and us. A super friendly service coordinator answered the phone right away. She was able to get us scheduled for the next day. The tech showed up on time, in a freak April snowstorm! He quickly addressed the issue, thoroughly explained what he did and when he would be back. He showed up right on time again, made sure our squatting birds were gone for good and completed the permanent fix where they were accessing the soffit. Probably one of the easiest service calls we’ve ever had! Thank you!
Dawn
5/4/2021
We had a nuisance woodpecker driving us insane drumming on the metal chimney cap. We called Brittni and she provided detailed information over the phone as to estimated costs and methods used. She promptly followed up everything with a detailed email. Scheduling was easy. Terrance was on-time and very pleasant to work with. He inspected the chimney for damage and for evidence of nests = none found! He installed two deterrents and wa on his way! Highly recommend!
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5/1/2021
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