The vole is a compact rodent with a stocky body, short legs, and a short tail. They are brown or gray in color, but many color variations exist. Voles are mouse-like in appearance with dense fur, and their tail is less than 3″ long.
|Color:||Brown or gray|
|Weight:||Varies by species|
|Size:||3″ to 8″ inches|
|Food:||Grass, flowers, vegetables, fruits, bulbs and roots|
|Litter:||1 to 5 litters per year, 5 to 11 young (Average 3 to 6)|
|OH & PA :||Meadow vole, Pine (Woodland) vole, Prairie vole, Southern red-backed vole (in Ohio), Rock vole (in Pennsylvania)|
Voles are primarily herbivores and on occasion they will eat insects and snails. During the winter months voles do not hibernate, but instead make tunnels beneath the snow, in which they gnaw on shrubs and tree bark for nutrition.
Voles are rarely ever seen because they live primarily in tunnels and runways under the lawn surface. They construct numerous surface or subsurface burrows and tunnels (1″ to 2″ wide) in a relatively small area, which contain numerous adults and young.
Accumulated vole damage is apparent when vole populations are high. Vole damage includes girdling and gnawing of trees, vegetable gardens destroyed by eating of highly nutritious roots, damage to lawns by extensive tunnel and runway systems, along with tearing up mulch in flowerbeds. There are some health concerns with voles. Voles are occasional carriers of tularemia, bubonic plague, and are hosts to numerous internal and external parasites, yet voles pose no major threat because of their infrequent contact with humans.
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Winter has come! Now is the time when our desire for indoor warmth increases. Rodents, squirrels and raccoons also like to sit by the fire and warm their hands! Call us today if you hear scurrying or scratching in your home.