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Pest Education: Voles in Ontario

Monday, December 26, 2022 by Greeny’s Pest Control Inc.

Voles, also known as meadow mice or field mice, are small rodents that are commonly found in Ontario. These animals are typically about 5 inches in length, with a short, stocky build and a brown or grey coat. They have small, beady eyes and a pointed snout, and they are known for their digging habits and underground burrow systems.


Voles are found throughout Ontario, and they are especially common in grassy areas such as meadows, fields, and lawns. They are active year-round, but they tend to be more visible in the winter months when the snow cover makes it easier to see their tunnels and tracks.


Voles are herbivores, and they primarily feed on grasses, roots, and other plant material. They are also known to eat insects and small invertebrates when they are available. Voles have a high metabolism and need to eat frequently, so they are always on the lookout for food.


One of the most noticeable characteristics of voles is their extensive tunnel systems. These tunnels are usually located just below the surface of the ground, and they can extend for several feet in length. Voles use these tunnels to move around and to find food, and they also use them for shelter and protection from predators.


Voles are generally not considered to be a major pest, but they can cause damage to gardens and lawns. They are known to chew on the roots and stems of plants, which can lead to damage or death. Voles are also known to chew on the insulation of underground cables and pipes, which can cause problems for homeowners.


There are several methods that can be used to control vole populations in Ontario. One of the most effective methods is to eliminate or reduce the availability of food sources. This can be done by removing excess vegetation and debris from around the home, and by trimming grass and weeds around the property. Another method is to use physical barriers, such as mesh wire or fencing, to block access to areas where voles are present.


There are also a number of chemical control methods that can be used to control vole populations. These methods typically involve the use of rodenticides, that are designed to kill voles and other rodents. However, these chemicals can also be harmful to other animals and humans, so it is often recommended to contact a professional pest control company if this is the method you would like to use.


In conclusion, voles are small rodents that are commonly found in Ontario. They are known for their digging habits and underground burrow systems, and they can cause damage to gardens and lawns. There are several methods that can be used to control vole populations, including eliminating food sources, using physical barriers, and using chemical control methods. However, it is important to use these methods responsibly to minimize any potential negative impacts on the environment and other animals.

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