These tiny, rotund rodents may look cute, but voles can cause serious problems. Avid burrowers, voles can do significant damage to your yard and young trees with their gnawing habits. You may be tempted to handle them yourself, but voles can carry parasites and disease, so it is best to leave it to the experts. Call Critter Control of Columbus for all of your vole needs.

Vole Identification

  • Though they are often referred to as meadow mice, voles are not actually mice at all, despite the similarities they share.
  • Voles are small furry rodents with a fondness for digging tunnels and devouring their body weight in plant matter every day.
  • They are prolific breeders capable of increasing in number faster than predators can eat them.
  • The damage they cause to yards and gardens is often mistaken for the work of moles, mice, or rabbits.


  • Voles are short and stout, with dense gray or brown fur, partially hidden ears, and short tails.
  • Unlike moles and shrews, voles have round, blunted noses and sharp, chisel-like teeth that they use to chew grasses and other herbaceous plants, tubers, bulbs, and tree barks.
  • Their paws are well-suited to digging, which allows them to create large burrows and tunnel systems.
  • The average size for adult voles falls between 5 and 8 inches.

Vole Problems


Are voles known to enter homes or yards?

  • Since manmade structures lack groundcover and sufficient plant material, voles do not typically enter human homes.
  • Voles do frequently enter yards. Their presence is easily detected thanks to the pathways they create leading to and from their burrow entrances.
  • Yards with gardens, unkempt grass, or overgrown groundcover make enticing burrow sites for voles.


Do voles harm people or property?

  • Voles do not directly harm people, but they can devastate crops, gardens, lawns, golf courses, and irrigation systems with their burrowing and feeding habits.
  • The animals have also been known to damage young trees and orchards by gnawing at bark and chewing saplings.
  • Like many rodents, voles are capable of carrying diseases, but they are not a significant source of illness.

Vole Control

Control and Safety

  • Saplings and young trees can be protected by covering them at the base with cloth, plastic, or wire mesh.
  • Keeping lawns and grassy spaces mowed, trimmed, and weeded also helps discourage vole populations.
  • Fences at least a foot high and buried at least half a foot underground often prove effective at keeping the rodents out of gardens.

Trapping and Removal

For the most part, voles are classified as protected non-game animals that may only be trapped, removed, or destroyed if they pose an immediate threat to health or property. Since the effective removal of voles can be difficult, wildlife control experts should be called to handle the problematic rodents. Critter Control professionals have the training and experience to successfully rid residential and commercial properties of vole infestations.

We can help you get rid of vole problems.  Call today.

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Tunnels in the grass? Mouse-like rodents in your shrubs and landscaping? Those scurrying little critters may well be voles. Call Critter Control today for effective vole removal and exclusion services.
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