Dormancy

    Voles

    Microtus spp.

    Vole

    Vole (Manuel R., Wikimedia Commons)

    Vole Runways

    Vole runways in turf (Ryan Davis, Utah State University Extension)

     

    Identification

    • 3 – 6 inches long
    • hairy tail with short hairs
    • make runways/tunnels in turf, mulch, etc.

    Nesting Habits

    • burrow in the ground along runways
    • prefer areas of heavy ground cover

    Diet

    • cause damage to turf and ornamental plantings
    • occasionally enter buildings by accident, but do not become established indoors

    Significance

    • damage lawns, gardens, sports and agricultural fields
    • damage underground utility cables and irrigation pipes
    • harm trees by stripping bark and chewing on roots

    IPM Recommendations

    • Reduce clutter outside.
    • Use snap traps placed with triggers in vole runways.
    • Eliminate weeds, ground cover, mulch and dense ornamental plantings that provide food and shelter during warm weather.
    • Rodenticides may be necessary for control in large areas.

    For more information, see our Voles fact sheet.