Voles leave trails through the lawn, damage trees and eat root crops. You have several options for dealing with these pests. Begin with a repellent, and if it is unsuccessful, try mouse traps. If neither of these solves your problem, your options become limited to using more hazardous materials.Continue Reading
Use a commercially available thiram-based vole repellent. Rain or lawn irrigation dissolves the repellent and washes it away, so reapply frequently. Other potential products to repel the voles include those made of fox or coyote urine, available at trapper supply houses. Use urine-based repellents in the garden where thiram-based ones aren't recommended. Burying a hardware cloth cage several inches deep around young trees deters voles from chewing on the bark.
Voles are small enough that wooden mousetraps are effective. Bait the trap with peanut butter, and locate it along the vole runs. Place a box over the trap to prevent injury to children, small pets or other wildlife.
If repellents and traps fail to solve the vole problem, the next step is using a vole poison. Zinc phosphide-based gopher poisons or rodent poison, designed for use in the house, are effective against voles. Reduce the danger to pets and children by placing the poison in the entry to the vole run.
To use castor oil to get rid of voles, combine 6 ounces of castor oil and 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent in 1 gallon of water, then dilute this mixture using a ratio of 1 ounce for each gallon of water. Spray this mixture on the lawn. A gallon of this diluted mixture sprays 300 square feet of lawn, states Greenview.Full Answer >
Moles and voles may be kept out of a yard with physical barriers, traps and chemical deterrents. In addition to these methods, some gardeners use poison or drowning to prevent a mole or vole infestation.Full Answer >
Although voles and moles are pesky, there are some fairly easy ways to get rid of them, including flooding their tunnels and using noise and vibration devices and repellents. Some colloquial remedies include putting red pepper, cat litter or moth balls in their tunnel system.Full Answer >
Lawn pests are killed using chemical insecticides that are sprayed on the insects and their trails. Natural homemade soap solutions can be used to kill lawn-dwelling insects by drying their soft bodies. Biological controls are effective methods to kill lawn pests.Full Answer >