Vole Control

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Turfdoctor1, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a very large customer that has a major vole problem. I've never seen a vole, never killed a vole, never smelled a vole, you get the picture.

    I do have a pest and rodent control license.

    From what I have researched, it seems as though zinc phosphide baits are the best source of control. Would you agree with this?

    The customer wants to spray to kill the grubs, thinking that getting rid of the grubs will help get rid of the voles. Agree or disagree? This is a 6 acre property by the way, which is not used to paying for grub control as it is not that common in our area.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have no idea what 6 acres would cost to treat but getting rid of the grubs will get rid of the moles. I use to have major problems with moles until I got a coulple of cats, they pretty much took care of the mole problem. The cats will set out there and wait for the ground to move and once it does,it's all over for the mole! :laugh::waving:
  3. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    thanks Todd. Unfortunately, this is not moles, but voles. different critter.

    not sure about the grubs for the voles.
  4. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    forgot to add,grubs are moles main food source.
  5. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
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    What the hell is a vole? :laugh: I though you ment moles, my bad!:laugh:
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Voles are usually a problem under deep snow. Most common if there are thick bushes or tall grass nearby so they can hide when snow is lacking. A bird feeder that spills seed on the ground will attract a lot of mice--maybe voles also. I would go with a bait that is safer than zinc phosphide--and use a bait station so that pets, kids and birds cannot get to the bait. Bait just before snow--for best results. Small sporting dogs love to chase thngs like this--rat terrier--dachshund maybe.
  9. SeedPro

    SeedPro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wrong wrong wrong wrong and wrong.

    99% of a Moles diet is earthworms.

    Grubs are a delicacy but to apply grub control to try to control underground rodents is not only ill conceived and unproductive, but it's not environmentally sound.

    Imidicloprid is not affective against earthworms for a reason.....earthworms are a beneficial creature.
  10. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Moles eat earthworms & grubs, voles eat plant roots and can girdle a tree or plan by gnawing right at the surface. Voles breed to fas and prolifically that a vole population can never be eliminated but good control can be achieved with some rodenticides available from Bell Labs and others. Unfortunately voles are typically not listed on the packaging, but experience proves the effectiveness of some of these baits. Bromadiolone seems to be the most effective control for voles, inserted into single block or 2 block mouse bait stations scattered throughout the property where there is vole activity. On a 6 acre property, unless it is all managed turf, elimination of brush or habitat edges will be virtually impossible.

    It is true, vole activity can be seen easily under melting snow, just above the ground, there are active, 24/7/365.


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