Microtus spp.


Vole size comparison (Manuel R., Wikimedia Commons)


Vole damage to bark (USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org)

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Vole damage in turf (Ryan Davis, Utah State University Extension)


  • 3 - 6 inches long
  • hairy tail with short hairs
  • make runways/tunnels in turf, mulch, etc.

Nesting Habits

  • burrows in the ground along runways
  • prefer areas of heavy ground cover


  • plants, tubers, bark


  • cause damage to turf and ornamental plantings
  • occasionally enter buildings by accident, but do not become established indoors

IPM Recommendations

  • Install tight-fitting door sweeps.
  • Seal exterior cracks, crevices and areas around pipes and electrical that enter buildings through walls.
  • Reduce clutter indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep all exterior doors closed.
  • Use snap-traps placed with triggers in vole runways.
  • Eliminate weeds, ground cover, mulch and dense ornamental plantings that provide food and shelter during warm weather.