Mice are omnivorous and have a varied diet that includes both plant and animal matter. Some of their favorite foods include grains and seeds, fruits and vegetables, nuts and nut butters, insects, and occasionally, meat and dairy products. Mice are known for their love of grains and seeds, which are commonly found in pantries and fields. They also enjoy fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, carrots, and corn. Nuts and nut butters, such as almonds and peanut butter, are also popular among mice. While they are not strict carnivores, mice may consume meat and dairy products, including cheese and meats, if they are available. However, their diet mostly depends on the food sources available in their environment.
Keeping your food in sealed containers is important for several reasons. First, it can prevent pests like rodents, ants, and cockroaches from accessing your food and contaminating it with their feces, urine, or hair. Second, sealing your food can help to maintain its freshness and quality by keeping out moisture, air, and other contaminants. This can help to reduce waste and save money by preventing spoilage. Finally, storing your food in sealed containers can also help to organize your pantry or kitchen, making it easier to find and access the items you need. Overall, keeping your food in sealed containers is a simple and effective way to protect your food, save money, and maintain a clean and organized kitchen.
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.