We have lived in Poolesville, MD since 1990 and prior to last year had never seen or even heard of VOLES. They came in serious numbers. Destroying plants as they go. It seems to be a problem for many in this town. They have tunnels now that go all over our 3 acres and they have taken a toll in their destruction. Holes and tunnels everywhere. Our "country store hardware" had never been asked for products to get rid of them until last year. Now they stock items for the community. How do we get rid of them? Would like to avoid poisons if possible. Thanks, Poolesville, MD
Voles are not easy to control and there is no magic bullet. Eliminate weeds, groundcover, and litter in and around crops and cultivated areas to reduce habitat. Keep your lawn mowed.
Trapping with mouse traps is a recommended non toxic control method.
See our website and view the publication below for tips on trapping. You can bait the traps with apple slices that include the skin or peanut butter. Try to place the apple bait or peanut butter on the trap trigger to prevent the voles from stealing the bait without springing the trap. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/voles