KEEP VOLES OFF YOUR PROPERTY
As a homeowner trying to protect your lawn from damage, it’s important to be prepared for a wide range of different problems. Insects, weeds, and rodents all present serious but distinct threats to your landscaping. Only by addressing each of them can you keep your yard green and healthy for the long haul.
Voles present a particularly serious threat to Southeast Michigan landscaping. Also known as meadow mice or field mice, these rodents hide in obscure areas of your yard and consume your plants. You can tell the difference between a mole problem and voles, because moles leave large patches and mounds in your yard. Through proactive pest control measures from Safari Tree, you can repel or exterminate voles, leaving your plants free to grow.
Voles are a particularly serious problem in Southeast Michigan because of our climate. The Great Lakes State is famous for heavy winter snowfall, which creates the perfect conditions for voles to hide, feed, and spread across your yard. Voles burrow down into the snow and feed off your plants throughout the winter. Then when the snow melts at the start of spring, they become more active, digging through the surface of your yard and leaving unsightly trails in their paths.
Vole control is particularly important in Southeast Michigan yards that have heavy, thick vegetation or that make heavy use of mulch. Both mulch and thick plant cover make it easier for these pests to hide and burrow through your yard. Heavy vegetation also serves as a source of food, encouraging more rodents to infest your lawn in the first place. The more ground cover, plants, and other cover types there are in your yard, the more important it is to invest in comprehensive pest control throughout the year.
In dealing with pests, many Michigan homeowners choose to invest in repellents. By applying repellent products that contain heavy amounts of thiram or similar chemicals, you can drive these pests out of your yard without directly killing them or changing the types of cover you have. By contrast, vole control involves killing or removing vole populations directly from your yard, along with making the landscape less attractive and vulnerable to pests.
When considering these two methods, take into account: