If you’ve found damaged plants, mounded soil, and small burrow holes, you may have an unwelcome rodent helping themselves to your garden. Voles, which resemble large mice, are common in Northern Colorado foothills, forests and prairies.
Voles live as families in burrow systems and can cause extensive damage to trees, shrubs and crops (especially root vegetables). Some evidence of vole damage can include girdling of the bark of trees and shrubs, but underground root damage may not be seen.
Most damage is caused in winter months, so late fall is a great time to apply Molemax repellent. This product also repels moles, skunks, rabbits and other burrowing animals and is safe to use around children and pets.
Originally published on November 5th, 2010. Updated on April 30th, 2019.