How to Trap Voles

Save

Voles are a common rodent that feeds on vegetables, fruits and tree roots. They differ from mice and shrews because they have small eyes, tiny feet and stubby, short tails. (Shrews are denoted by their pointed noses and sharp teeth.) Large trees have been the victims of these small creatures, as well as many cultivated farm lands and gardens. The most efficient way to capture these creatures is with a repeater trap that flips the vole into a separate holding chamber and allows for more than one to be caught at a time.

Things You'll Need

  • Repeater trap
  • Cardboard box, cooking pot or pan
  • Work gloves
  • 5-gallon bucket with water
  • Granny smith apple chunks, pea-sized

Catching and Killing Voles

  • Set up the repeater trap near a vole hole at dusk.

  • Place apples inside the holding compartment of the trap and at the entrance to the vole hole.

  • Cover the trap with the cardboard box or cooking vessels while still leaving room for the trap to work. This creates a darker space, and a place where the vole is more likely to enter.

  • Let the trap sit overnight.

  • Check the trap in the morning for live voles.

  • Put the vole into the 5-gallon bucket of water to kill it, dispose of the corpses deep in the woods or tightly wrapped in a sealed trash can.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try digging a trench around your vegetable garden down to harder soil. Voles are usually unwilling to cross an unfamiliar trench. If you dig a trench and find a vole hole, that is an optimal place to bait for them. Voles seldom go off of their trails.
  • If you choose to release the voles instead of killing them, open meadows are the optimal place to do so. Do not release them in cultivated farm land or orchards. If you catch a shrew, be careful when releasing. Shrews are known to get hostile toward large animals and humans.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Get Rid of Moles and Voles in the Yard

    Moles and voles are furry little burrowing creatures, but apart from the fact that both can damage your lawn, they aren't very...

  • How to Kill Vole Populations

    Voles are small rodents known as "meadow" or "field" mice. They afflict gardens adjoining open or agricultural areas and are active foragers....

  • How to Use a Rat Trap

    Rats can incite fear and disgust in many people. Rats can carry disease and are generally viewed as pests -- and as...

  • How to Control Voles or Moles

    Voles, also called field mice, orchard mice, or meadow mice, are controlled using steps similar to ordinary house mice. They are ground...

  • How to Kill Moles, Voles and Gophers

    Moles, voles and gophers can devastate a yard or garden in less than one season. These pesky animals feed on worms, grubs,...

  • How to Get Rid of Voles in Your House

    Also known as field mice, voles usually invade the yard and damage vegetation. They primarily eat plant materials, such as trees bark,...

  • Vole & Mole Removal

    Moles and voles can cause major lawn damage. Not only is the landscaping unattractive with moles and voles digging their way across...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!