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Landscaping Tip: Protecting your Long Island landscape from vole damage

by editor on August 31, 2011

Your Long Island landscape is a precious part of your property, as it gives your family a place to enjoy each other and just relax when the stresses of life become too much. So what could be worse than when the very place you go to escape causes even more stress when you see your Long Island landscape damaged, if not destroyed, by voles?

Voles are tiny, mouse-like rodents that burrow holes underneath your Long Island landscape as they feed off the roots of plants. Homeowners often mistake voles as moles because they both create underground tunnels, but vole tunnels do not produce the signature volcano mound of dirt moles create. The damage created by vole burrowing results in a sinking Long Island landscape, a turf that has a compromised root system and plants that have been killed by incessant feeding off the roots.

Voles are also known to “girdle,” or strip the bark from a tree. This can cause an unsightly Long Island landscape, and it could also be fatal to the tree. With all the potential damage voles can cause, it would be wise to contact your landscaping company in order to keep your Long Island landscape intact and ensure the continued health and vitality of your trees and shrubs.

Your landscaping company can provide you with several options to help you get rid of voles. If you’re looking for a humane option, there are live traps that can be set to capture the voles and relocate them to a better area where they won’t cause damage to anyone’s Long Island landscape. If humane traps are more trouble than you’re looking for, you can also ask your Long Island landscapers to set mouse traps or use poison (rodenticides).

Rodenticides are zinc phosphide-based and cause internal bleeding. After ingesting the poison, voles will basically hemorrhage to death. If you choose to set out a rodenticide around your Long Island landscape, you need to be aware that other animals or children could come into contact with the poison. You can circumvent this potentially dangerous situation by suggesting that your landscaping company put the rodenticide in a bait container.

Mouse traps need to be set perpendicular to a vole tunnel that is wider than the other tunnels, as this is indicative of heavy vole traffic. Peanut butter is usually alluring bait for voles, and it is recommended that the traps are set in the fall or late winter, preferably under a box so other animals or children won’t come into contact with the trap.

Don’t let your Long Island landscape fall prey to the destructive feedings and tunneling of voles. Call your Long Island landscape company today to find out how you can protect your Long Island landscape for current or future damage.

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