What are voles & gophers?
ARE VOLES AND GOPHERS DANGEROUS?Voles and gophers are usually considered harmless as they don’t bite or physically harm humans. However, they can pose a health threat as they are known to transmit diseases. Voles are known to pose a threat because they can spread disease through their urine and feces that they leave on your property. Some of the common diseases carried by voles are Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, and Rabies. They can also introduce parasites to your home and animals. Gophers, like voles, are known to carry harmful diseases like Leptospirosis, Hantavirus, and Plagues. However, because they are usually underground, they don’t usually transmit these to humans and instead cause more harm to outdoor pets by transmitting fleas and ticks to them. While voles and gophers are dangerous to people, they are mainly distructive to your lawn and property. Both voles and gophers primarily eat grubs and earthworms. They also eat plants like grasses, seeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, bark, and grain cops. They can damage your lawn as they eat the grass and seeds, and also as they mark up your lawn. Gophers build tunnels under the ground and make mounts on top of the surface where their tunnels let out. Voels are notorious for tunneling along the surface of your lawn. They make grassy tunnels above ground that connect with all the others. These are most noticeable in early spring right as the snow melts. While both voles and gophers can transmit harmful diseases to people, they are mainly destructive to your lawn and property.
WHY DO I HAVE A RODENT PROBLEM?Usually rodents are attracted to the worms or the grubs or the roots that are on your property. In many cases they are coming out of fields or neighboring properties originally, and then they make a home on your property.
HOW DO I GET RID OF VOLES AND GOPHERS?A lot of homeowners ask this question and try all kinds of methods to reduce voles and gophers. At Recon Pest Services, we understand how annoying these rodents can be as they cause mayhem to your lawn. Our very unique Predator Service is a great way of getting rid of the gophers and voles as they burrow through your lawn. Give Recon Pest Services a call and let us help you get rid of these vermin.
Q: How are voles and gophers getting on my property?
A: Sometimes rodents can inhabit multiple properties. Other times they can come over from areas such as fields or areas that aren’t maintained like woodsy areas.
Q: How can I determine if I have voles and gophers on my property?
A: If you have these problems on your property you will see tunneling. Usually it will be pushed up dirt with tunnels underneath it, or surface tunnels between the dirt and grass.
Q: Will getting rid of insects get rid of the rodents?
A: Sometimes this does work, it’s not normally the most suggested solution to get rid of these rodents. Trapping, baiting, and smoking are our suggested methods.