Vole holes are high oval, about 3-5 cm wide and 5-7cm high, cleanly cleaned out and free of plant roots. They can often be recognised by the slightly raised, zigzagging bulges on the surface of the soil.
The exits are located at the side of a larger pile of earth. Small, elongated piles are often found along corridors.
Cluster of low-profile vole clusters; Open worm exit, it is probably an emergency exit.
Voles are herbivores and are not welcome by gardeners and farmers. They damage plants directly by eating them, but also indirectly by creating burrows in the root zone. They consume the underground parts such as roots, tubers and bulbs of trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and grass. Voles have an enormous food requirement, and in extreme cases can destroy entire crops and cause complete crop failure. Affected plants suddenly wither, fall over or can simply be pulled out of the ground because the roots are eaten away. Root damage can even kill entire trees. Vole tunnels are then found in the immediate vicinity. Small, elongated piles are often found in the course of the tunnels.
Vole infestation in discounts Infestation under beech hedge
Lettuce plant missing. Heavy losses in onion planting
Withering raspberry plant damaged by root damage.
Withering hop plants.
Feeding passages and access in the root area.
Severe root damage caused this apple tree to fall. The gardener's rescue attempts came too late.
The damage caused by the burrowing activity of voles is comparable to that of the mole, but much less pronounced. When digging their burrows, voles throw up piles of soil that disfigure parks, garden beds and lawns, disturb playgrounds and sports fields and also make mowing difficult.
Pile of voles along garden fence
Patches can sag if they are undermined by voles.
The burrowing activity of voles can also cause severe soil erosion and landslides on dams and embankments. In the case of damaged dams, the final consequence can even be flooding. Animals such as the vole that damage dams are considered enemies of the state in the Netherlands and are consistently combated.
Voles are vectors for a number of parasites and pathogens They are often infested with fleas, ticks, mites, lice and tapeworms. In addition, there are serious, possibly fatal infectious diseases such as rabies and Hanta.
Voles are an intermediate host of the fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multiocularis). Humans can become infected both through direct contact with voles and their excreta, but also through contact with domestic animals such as cats or dogs that have eaten infected voles. Infections with fox tapeworm in humans are rare but devastating for those affected. In humans, the tapeworms nest in vital organs such as the liver, lungs or brain. There is no cure; the only way to stop the destruction of the affected organs is to take strong medication for the rest of one's life.
For this reason, gloves should always be worn when trapping and hands and arms should be washed thoroughly after work.
The following tips help to avoid damage caused by voles:
Sound waves and vibrations disturb voles and can drive them away from their territory. Acoustic animal repellers are a wildlife and environmentally friendly way to prevent voles from entering the garden. The waterproof SWISSINNO Solar Mole Repeller has a large range of 650 m². The integrated solar cell, together with the device's rechargeable battery, ensures 24-hour continuous operation. The repeller is effective against both moles and voles.
A 100% guarantee of success cannot be given with this method. It is a gentle procedure. The animals always have the possibility to stay despite the disturbance. Various reasons can lead to a reduced effect: For example, habituation may occur, individuals may have poor hearing or simply do not feel disturbed, or there is no suitable alternative territory. Soil conditions can also play a role. Very light, sandy or dry soils transmit sound poorly.
Impact traps are an efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly method of controlling voles. SWISSINNO even believes that quality traps are the best remedy against voles. The traps are placed in the vole's exit. As soon as a vole tries to run through the trap or presses the trigger, the trap is triggered and the vole is killed. SWISSINNO recommends the Vole Trap PRO SuperCat, which has been tried and tested millions of times. The trap is very easy to use, lasts for many years, catches field voles and voles from both directions and is safe for users and pets.