Rodents that love to burrow will not only destroy your lawn by will also eat your plants, turning up dirt and damaging roots. There are four different kinds of burrowing rodents in gardens. You can distinguish the type of rodent that’s responsible for damaging your garden by its looks and the holes it makes. Most burrowing rodents love areas that have a dense cover which they use as concealment, try to contact your local Vancouver pest control. Trimming thick foliage and taking away heavy loads of organic matter helps to reduce the amount of habitat for these pests.
Voles are small rodents with a big body, short legs and fur with black or grey in colour. They can reach up to 5-8 inches long when fully matured. In California, there are six species of voles that experiences changes in population, which leave gardeners pondering at the unexpected appearance of holes in gardens. Voles tend to be active all year during day and night. You can distinguish the holes that they make which is about 1-1.5 inches in diameter which is connected to above-ground paths that go through low-growing foliage that helps to conceal them. Voles love to chew on leafy veggies and tubers and will leave chew marks that are about 1/8 -3/8 inch long at different angles.
Norway rats are huge burrowing rodents that feed and is active during the night. The Norway rats are great climbers and burrowers. They prefer to eat cereal grains, meat, fish, nuts and fruits. When it comes to rat damage in gardens, it is only minimal since these rodents will immediately transfer into basement or crawlspace to take advantage of the free food and warmth of the house. When they are in the garden, they will burrow on moist areas with good food source within 300 feet from their nesting site.
Gophers are another big rodent species that produces distinct surface mounds after they burrow. Gophers will reach a size of 6-10 inches. Gophers tend to burrow just underneath the surface of the ground, leaving raised ridges. The area where gophers burrow can reach 200 and 2,000 square feet. They are active all day and all year round. They love to feed on garden plants and they can cause damage on irrigation lines.
Ground squirrels are easy to spot and identify since they are mostly active from day to forage for food above ground near their nests. Ground squirrels can grow between 9-11 inches when mature, they have brownish-grey speckled fur with a slightly bushy tail. They favour dry areas to build their burrows but will also build them on the edge of gardens. Their burrows have an opening with a diameter of 4 inches that can extend between 5-30 feet in length and 2-4 feet deep. Their burrows sometimes have more than one entrance and are connected to other burrows that may support many squirrels forming a large colony. Ground squirrels feed on plants but favour grains, fruit trees, succulent seedlings and nuts.
How to Prevent Rodent Infestation in Your Garden
Remove any harborage points around buildings and sheds. Make sure to seal any gaps that allows for an easy access. Rats will only require a height gap of 15mm to get inside while mice need 6mm or contact pest control Vancouver
Eliminate possible nesting places making sure gardens are spotless and uncluttered. Ensure that garbage bins are closed and garbage bags that has food are not left outside your home for long periods of time. Make sure to remove piles of wood and trim down overgrown foliage.
Do not scatter bird feed on the ground. Use a bird table or feeder basket to feed birds.