Mice are known for their ability to reproduce quickly, and the exact rate of reproduction can vary depending on the species of mouse and other factors like food availability and environmental conditions. In general, female mice can start reproducing at a young age (usually around 6-8 weeks old), and they can produce litters of 4-12 pups every 19-21 days. This means that a single pair of mice can produce up to 150 offspring in a single year, which can quickly lead to an infestation if left unchecked. It’s important to address mouse problems as soon as they are detected to prevent rapid reproduction and minimize the potential health and property damage risks associated with mouse infestations.
Mice are able to survive for relatively long periods of time without food, but the exact duration can vary depending on the mouse’s age, size, and health, as well as the temperature and humidity of their environment. In general, healthy adult mice can survive for about 2-3 weeks without food, but they will require access to water to prevent dehydration. Young mice or mice with health problems may not be able to survive for as long without food. However, it’s important to note that mice are highly motivated to find food and will actively search for it, which can make it difficult to keep them away from areas where food is present. To prevent mouse infestations, it’s important to keep living spaces clean and free of food debris, store food in airtight containers, and eliminate any points of entry mice may use to access your home.
If the vole infestation is severe or if the damage they are causing is extensive, it is recommended to seek the help of a pest control professional like us at Birch Fumigators. We have the expertise and experience to identify the specific species of voles present and develop an effective treatment plan. Professional pest control services can offer advanced methods of control such as fumigation, which may not be safe or practical for individuals to perform on their own.
The best time to control voles is during late fall and early winter. During this period, vegetation is beginning to die back, and snow hasn’t yet fallen in many regions, making it easier to spot signs of vole activity and to apply control measures. Voles are active year-round, but in the late fall and early winter, they begin to establish the under-snow tunnels and pathways that they will use all winter. Implementing control measures, such as placing traps or baits, clearing away vegetation near the garden, or installing physical barriers, during this time can prevent a population explosion in the spring. Additionally, controlling voles before the breeding season in the spring can help minimize the damage they cause to plants and trees throughout the year.
Voles can cause damage to lawns, gardens, and crops by feeding on vegetation and gnawing on the bark of trees and shrubs. Their burrowing activity can also damage root systems and disrupt soil structures.