Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC
Telephone: (804) 457-2883
VOLES
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services traps and removes nuisance voles in Central and Eastern Virginia - including Albemarle, Goochland, Louisa, Fluvanna, Orange, Powhatan, Henrico and Hanover Counties, as well as the Cities of Charlottesville and Richmond, and the towns of Mineral, Gordonsville, Earlysville, and Keswick. If you have nuisance voles damaging your yard, property or golf course, call Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services and find out how we can help.

Damage and Damage Identification

Voles may cause extensive damage to orchards, ornamentals, and tree plantings due to their girdling of seedlings and mature trees. Girdling damage usually occurs in fall and winter. Field crops (for example, alfalfa, clover, grain, potatoes, and sugar beets) may be damaged or completely destroyed by voles. Voles eat crops and also damage them when they build extensive runway and tunnel systems. These systems interfere with crop irrigation by displacing water and
causing levees and checks to wash out. Voles also can ruin lawns, golf courses, and ground covers.

Girdling and gnaw marks alone are not necessarily indicative of the presence of voles, since other animals, such as rabbits, may cause similar damage. Vole girdling can be differentiated from girdling by other animals by the non-uniform gnaw marks. They occur at various angles and in irregular patches. Marks are about 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) wide, 3/8 inch (1.0 cm) long, and 1/16 inch (0.2 cm) or more deep. Rabbit gnaw marks are larger and not distinct. Rabbits neatly clip branches with
oblique clean cuts. Examine girdling damage and accompanying signs (feces, tracks, and burrow systems) to identify the animal causing the damage.

The most easily identifiable sign of voles is an extensive surface runway system with numerous burrow opening. Runways are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in width. Vegetation near well-traveled runways may be clipped close to the ground. Feces and small pieces of vegetation are found in the runways.

The pine vole does not use surface runways. It builds an extensive system of underground tunnels. The surface runways of long-tailed voles are not as extensive as those of most other voles. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)


Health Concerns

Voles pose no major public health hazard because of their infrequent contact with humans; however, they are capable of carrying disease organisms, such as plague (Yersinia pestis) and
tularemia (Francisilla tularensis). Be careful and use protective clothing when handling voles. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)
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