Voles may be small, but they are a force to be reckoned with. If these underground, fast-breeding varmints have ever invaded your lawn or garden, you know what we're talking about.
Voles may not be life-threatening and maybe no one has ever died from having them in their yard, but we're betting the problem is front and center for those of you have had their lawns destroyed by these covert invaders. It's an indisputable fact that voles have exceptional burrowing and tunneling abilities.
Voles are small furry rodents that can be found throughout North America living in underground burrows. They measure four to seven inches in length with an average weight of one ounce. Grayish brown in color, voles' distinguishing features include stocky, rounded bodies, blunt noses, relatively small eyes and flattened ears.
Voles are often confused with house mice due to their similar appearance. However, voles have far shorter tails and longer fur than their distant relatives. Voles are also commonly mistaken with moles and gophers due to the similar damage they wreak in lawns and gardens.
Voles are vegetarians, thriving primarily on plants, roots, grasses, tree bark, fruits and nuts. They are hearty eaters, consuming their weight in food every day.
Voles like dining on succulent root systems and will burrow beneath ground cover and plants, gnawing at the vegetation until they kill it.