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As I began inspecting, I noticed these tunnels and, using my expert pest technician knowledge, identified them as vole tunnels.
Surveying the backyard, I noticed that two particular tunnels lead underneath the A/C unit. I took a closer look and determined that this was where the voles were harboring.
Also called meadow mice or field mice, voles are rodents with small eyes and partially hidden ears. They are active day and night, year-round, do not hibernate and their diet consists of plants, especially grasses and seeds, as well as bark, crops, insects, and animal remains.
You'll know voles by the shallow snake-like tunnels that you'll see all over your lawn. The tunnels are about two inches wide and very near the surface so they can eat their favorite food, grass stems, and blades.
Voles construct tunnels with numerous burrows entrances.
The best plan of action was to set up bait stations over and around the holes where the activity was taking place. These bait stations are filled with different scents and flavors of bait to attract the voles and "trick" them into taking the bait. Once the voles eat the bait, they are soon eliminated.
These bait stations are also tampered-resistant to keep curious children and pets safe from touching or eating the bait. I scheduled a two-week follow-up inspection to examine the bait stations and replenish the bait as necessary.
A resident in Millstone, NJ called our office after noticing"mice tunnels" in her backyard. While inspecting the property I realized that it wasn't mice, but voles!