Meadow Vole Control

Meadow vole control reduces damage to landscape plants and crops. These mouse-like critters are herbivores that feed on the bark of  shrubs and on herbaceous perennial plants and annuals. Meadow voles are known for their habit of making holes in lawns and creating runways from hole to hole by wearing down the grass as they travel. The look is often “button holes” running through the landscape.


A meadow vole is about 2″ long and looks a lot like a mouse.  Their hole is about as big as a quarter to a 50 cent peice and the opening is usually clean and tidy, with the grass around it having been chewed back heavily.

Hoes like these require meadow vole control.
A typical meadow vole hole. Note the close cropped grass around the opening.

A favorite resource of ours for more information on meadow vole control is the UC Davis Pest Notes

Methods of Meadow vole control include trapping with mouse traps covered by a half piece of gutter downspout, or using gophinator mole traps inside their runs. Voles can be kept out of the lawn if there is a shallowly placed layer of gopher wire also, though this is costly to install as an after-the-fact remedy.

Re recommend a trapping program for gophers, moles, voles and woodrats to keep your property clean and damage free.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, tour bay area gopher guy, specializes in meadow vole control as well as other burrowing pest trapping. We never use poison and we guarantee results. We service Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Fremont, San Jose, Los Altos, Woodside, San Francisco, San Anselmo and Novato areas each week.