Voles are mouselike rodents. They are active day and night, year-round. They dig short, shallow burrows and make underground nests of grass, stems, and leaves. In winter they burrow in and through the snow. They may be considered pests when they damage garden and landscape plants. They are often a serious problem in orchards.
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Identification and Control Information
- Voles: Biology, Food Habits, Damage & Damage Control—Pennsylvania State Extension
- Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage: Voles—Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
- Orchard Voles and Their Management—New England Tree Fruit Management Guide
- Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife (PDF)—University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
[Photos, left to right: Washington State University Extension; USDA Forest Service - North Central Research Station Archive, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org; Washington State University Extension]