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    Here we have five very important critters which serve as a significant defense against over-predation of game animals and the proportional die-back of furbearers. This defense is provided by the vole’s alarming rate of reproduction, which contributes significantly to the predator kingdom, offering that all important transition from plant to animal in the food chain. The Red-backed vole, meadow vole, and pine vole are the greatest contributors around civilized areas. The rock vole and southern bog lemming are more restricted to areas less afflicted by humans and their ways of life. Nonetheless,  If these species were to recognize their full reproductive potential, they would cause serious damage to the plant kingdom, which in turn effects everything thereafter, including the foundational aspects of civilization; food, money, and health. Fortunately, nature has balanced this equation with the many species dependent on the vole as a food source , and therefore, a niche is established for this all important specie.

    Problems arise with voles when circumstances allow for their reproduction to prevail without interference. Such circumstances happen when civilized practices inherently contribute to such problems; like certain chemical farming that weakens raptor’s egg shells, in turn depopulating a valuable predator, additionally, urban sprawl devours homeland of many furbearers that predate on the vole as well. Regardless, overpopulation of voles will cause extensive damage to trees, lawns, fields, crops, and all other forms of plant life; at which time, professional attention must be realized.

    Voles can utilize mole tunnels, and make their own travel ways along the ground surface, nipping away at the grass along the ground level. 
    The vole's feeding habits include plants and/or tree roots and bark. This in turn can kill the trees and plants that the vole feeds upon. This behavior becomes costly when environmental factors allow for the overpopulation of this critter, especially when it pertains to a tree farm plantation. Home owners do not appreciate the loss of their trees either, and are sometimes confused as to the reason of their loss, since the voles damage is often times mistaken for another animal, or even  overlooked as the culprit altogether. 
      C.H. Animal Control can detect and verify the vole as the source of the problem, and take measures to control them, utilizing many methods, and even incorporating beneficial alterations to the environment for long term natural control.

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