Each spring we seem to be finding more and more vole damage in landscapes in Twin Falls and the surrounding areas. Voles are similar in appearance to a regular house mouse, but you won’t find them in your house, you will find them in your lawn, burrowing holes all over the place to get from one place to another. A vole can eat nearly its own weight daily. They eat grass and clover, but can also eat field crops, seeds, fruit, bark and insects. They can girdle trees if not controlled properly. Most vole damage is done by their feeding activity.
If that doesn’t seem to get rid of the problem you can always try flushing them out by sticking a garden hose into one of their holes and letting it fill up till water comes out another one of their holes. You can also try baiting them if you know you have larger populations of voles.
Voles reproduce quickly just like mice do and if no care is taken to try to control them, they will have the opportunity to overrun your yard. That isn’t something anyone wants around their summer picnics!