Voles do similar damage as mice. Several kinds of voles, confusingly called meadow mice, invade gardens throughout the United States. Voles have blunt noses, thick bodies, and short tails. Like field mice, voles live in grassy or brushy areas, nesting underground in shallow burrows with holes 1 1⁄2 to 2 inches wide. They also establish nests above ground in densely vegetated, protected spots, including thick garden hay or leaf mulch. Voles move along narrow runways or tunnels from their nesting areas to their source of food. Voles are active day and night. All year long, voles dig up and feed on seeds, nuts, roots, bulbs, tender vegetables, and flowers. They may severely damage young trees by gnawing on roots and bark, mainly in winter. They are social animals that live together in colonies.
To prevent voles from damaging your lawn or garden use Ortho® Mole B Gon® Mole & Vole Repellent according to label instructions.<br/> Additional options include: Trap voles with snap traps made for mice or with live-catch traps. Set traps crossways to the run and bait with apple or mixed peanut butter and oatmeal. If the traps don't catch anything, move them, but be persistent. Protect young tree trunks by encircling them with hardware cloth (wire mesh with 1⁄4 inch openings) 12 inches high and 6 inches into the soil. The wire-mesh cylinders should extend an additional 12 inches above the average snow level. Or protect the bottom of the trunk with tree-wrapping plastic, available in nurseries. Remove weeds, grassy areas, and deep mulch around tree trunks and in the garden to reduce possible hiding and breeding areas. Cover bulb beds with wire mesh, burying the edges in the ground.