Voles everywhere! Is there anything we can do?

Asked January 21, 2015, 12:47 PM EST

Hi! Over the last year my community has noticed a super high number of voles. And the number seems to keep rising as the winter goes on. One look at my lawn now that the snow has melted would make you cry. I am super concerned about my lawn, my plants, and my trees. We have been using little poisonous pellets, placing a scoop in the hole and hoping the voles eat it and then die. But, I feel like it has gotten so out of hand that we can't keep up with it. I've talked to IFA and they say that the whole valley, not just my community in Smithfield, is experiencing this same problem. Is there anything we can do about this? They multiply so fast that I can't keep up with it anymore and I'm worried that I won't even have any lawn left any more. Any help or advice you can give would be SUPER appreciated. Thank you!

Cache County Utah

1 Response

Contact Terry Messmer (terry.messmer@usu.edu) for advice here. Here are some concerns to keep in mind:

1. If the vole population is high everywhere, then a single homeowner will not be very successful at keeping the population down. It probably needs to be a neighborhood effort.

2. Some rodenticides can be used around homes, and some cannot. Make sure you read and follow the label (the label is the law).

3. Be VERY careful if fumigants are used (http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/04/08/EPA-limits-phosphide-use-after-deaths/UPI-61491270778549/) if recommended by a pest control specialist.

4. Regular mouse traps can be used to catch voles, with no chemical footprint. Be patient.

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/NR_WD_009.pdf