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Look At the Pretty Design…

As the winter breaks in Minneapolis, we all yearn to get outside and enjoy spring. Birds chirp, flowers bloom, leaves pop from the trees and all is good in life…that is until we take a peek at our lawn. What was once a lush green carpet of grass now has trails teeming through it that look like an airplane’s view of the road system of Metro Minneapolis. The winter blanket of snow gave us the false reassurance that everything living had found an escape from the elements. The reality; it provided the insulated environment for one of our peskiest critters to flourish! You have been VOLED!

What is a Vole?

Let’s start with what a vole is not. A vole is not a common house mouse. Commonly called a field mouse, there are two types of voles that we find in the Minneapolis area; the meadow vole and the prairie vole. A vole is not a gopher. Much smaller in size than a gopher, vole burrowing does not produce a big mound of dirt like a gopher. The vole looks like a “stocky” house mouse with a much shorter tail and shorter ears. Like mice, voles reproduce quickly. The female vole can produce up to 10 litters a year with an average of four voles per litter. How does vole reproduction compute for winter activity? From the time the Minneapolis snow flies in November and to the time it melts in April, your friendly vole that took up refuge in your lawn can reproduce up to FIVE times! Holy voles!

Why Lawns?

Winter lawns provide the ideal habitat for the vole. The compressed lawn with the insulated snow covering provides a controlled, consistent environment for the vole to thrive. Voles like a temperature around 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The vole’s diet consists of vegetation. Any shrub, young tree or lawn that is not protected in this environment is at risk of vole damage. Thus, when the snow melts, the maze of trails throughout your lawn is long and extensive!

The Rove Remedy

With over a decade of experience specifically dealing with voles, Rove’s vole specialists have a cocktail of solutions available for any situation that arises. From environmental alterations, monitoring, baiting, and trapping, Rove will provide the solution needed to not only decrease the population at hand, but prevent future infestation!

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