Voles in Turf

Description

Voles, which are often confused with moles, are compact rodents with stocky bodies, short legs, and short tails. Their eyes are small and their ears are partially hidden. They are usually brown or gray, though many color variations exist. Their length ranges from 4 inches (10 cm) to 812 inches (20 cm). There are 23 species in the United States.

Cultural Control

Methods for control and damage prevention include exclusion, cultural methods such as eliminating weeds, ground cover, and litter around crops and lawns, and soil tillage. Frightening, repellents, toxicants, fumigants, trapping, and shooting are also methods used. The methods that are effective are exclusion, on a small scale; cultural methods, such as eliminating weeds, ground cover, and litter; mowing and soil tillage.

Written By

Photo of Dr. Rick BrandenburgDr. Rick BrandenburgExtension Specialist (Peanuts & Turf) & Department Extension Leader (919) 515-8876 rick_brandenburg@ncsu.eduEntomology and Plant Pathology - NC State University
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