How can I eliminate voles in the Winter? I have no problems in the Summer but they burrow under the snow in the Winter and when it melts it looks like a runway. The grass grows back but until it does it looks like a disaster area. Thanks, R.
If you read through our VOLE CONTROL and MOLE CONTROL articles, you’ll learn both animals can remain active all winter. This will commonly happen under the snow in the very top of the soil where insects will remain active. The most common insect that’s active up high like this all winter are grubs. And since Moles and Voles love grubs, they’ll be quite busy digging their tunnels and feeding if you allow a healthy population of grubs to exist.
If you’d like to stop all this tunneling, you’ll need to do some grub control to take away the vole food. At this time you should read our GRUB CONTROL ARTICLE which will feature several products that can be applied. If you start treatments now you should be able to reduce the grubs enough so that by next winter there won’t be much reason for any mole or vole to come around.
Here are direct links to the articles listed above:
Vole Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/voles.html
Mole Control: http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/moles.html
Grub Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/grubs.html