Looking for the most effective vole repellent for your garden?
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In this guide you'll learn:
- What attracts voles into your garden?
- What options do you have when it comes to vole repellants
- Do ultrasonic devices work against voles?
- Our favorite 5 vole repellents for 2020
Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 03/20/2019)
When it comes to repelling voles, our top picks goes to the I Must Garden vole repellent granules.
Like other burrowing creatures, voles are very sensitive to strong smells.
Castor oil blended granules are a popular tool to repel voles and moles. The I Must Garden's product is a 20% castor oil blend good for all weather conditions.
For maximum effectiveness prior to application, make sure to irrigate your lawn with 1/2 inch of water and 1 inch of water post application.
Despite our recommendation, repelling methods are not 100% effective. To ensure complete removal of your vole problem we recommend checking out our guide on catching and trapping voles.
Top 5 Best Vole Repellents
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What Attracts Voles Into Your Garden?
Voles are cute but destructive. Like moles, they dig tunnels and destroy your garden's landscape while slowly but surely eating away the vegetative life out of your garden.
When faced with a vole problem, the first thing that comes to your mind is how they get into your garden in the first place. What attracted voles into your property?
Basically, the main factor that attracted voles into your garden is FOOD. Unlike moles, voles are more of a vegan. Although they tend to eat snails and insects from time to time, they often prefer seeds, roots, barks, bulbs, tubers, plants, and even grasses.
Apart from destroying your landscape by digging tunnels that run across various directions they munch the life out of your garden's vegetation from the ground up. Trees, herbaceous plants, mulched planting beds, and tall grasses in your garden are an open invitation for voles.
What Are Vole Repellents?
First of all, a repellent is any substance or device that serves to drive away or ward off a target animal or insect. It accomplishes this goal by arousing disgust or aversion in the target animal.
An animal repeller would work by arousing fear in the target, this case, voles. When you have an infestation of voles over a large area, you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible before they reproduce and lead to a population explosion.
What Are Your Options When Trying To Repel Voles?
When trying to repel voles you have a couple options.
- Castor Oil Repellents: The use of an oil to disturb voles through their sense of smell.
- Ultrasonic Repellents: The use devices that emit ultrasonic pulses to disturb voles and drive them away
Each option has pros and cons. Lets have a look into each.
Castor Oil Repellents
Castor oil repellents work by creating an unpleasant odor over a wide area, repelling anything that comes near. In addition to castor oil, garlic also works as odor voles find offensive.
When they encounter the scent it is unpleasant to them and also serves to mask other odors that might attract them to one of their food sources.
It creates a sonic barrier around your house and yard. When a critter hears the undulating sound (much like a European police siren) it annoys them and they leave the area.
Are Repellents Effective Against Voles?
There is quite a bit anecdotal evidence supporting both methods, but overall we recommend going with the castor oil repellant.
Ultrasonic repellents emit pulses that irritate voles. Most are solar powered to keep the devices going without the need for taking them indoors and get them recharged. Each of these repellents claim to cover an average area of 6,000 to more than 7,000 square feet.
During most of our research, ultrasonic repellers don't work for voles.
How To Use Vole Repellents?
The correct way to use repellents, for any kind of critter, is to combine them and vary the time and placement of them. Sonic repellents, owl decoys, and garlic repellent granules should be used together. Spread the granules in a random fashion, then place the sonic repellents randomly as well.
The owl decoys should be posted as high off the ground as possible and moved every day. All of the elements should be moved on a regular basis. The sonic repellents should be used one day, then disabled the next. The logic behind it is simple.
Voles, like any animal, can become accustomed to any pattern. Once they get used to it, they lose their fear of it and it no longer frightens them away. Living creatures, like owls, will rest in different locations from one day to the next.
Voles know this and if they see an owl sitting in the same place day after day, they’ll soon realize it’s not alive and ignore it. By moving it every day you maintain the illusion that it’s alive and therefore a threat to them.
The same reasoning applies to moving the sonic repellents. If there is a pattern, they’ll get used to the noise and learn to ignore it. If it’s constantly moving, or not always there, or both, they won’t become accustomed to it and will continue to be effective. The same thing is true with the granules. Scatter them in different locations each time, and intersperse with other repellents such as garlic to create constant confusion for the voles.