Vole Removal & Control Services

Southwest Colorado Local Animal Control

Moles vs. Voles

Scientific name (mole): Talpa europaea
Scientific name (vole): Microtus

Moles and voles can often be confused with each other. While there are many burrowing pests in Southwest Colorado, moles are considerably more rare than voles. Here we will discuss the more common of the two. 

Voles, also known as “meadow mice”, are small rodents similar to a mouse but have a shorter, hairier tail, rounder head, smaller eyes and ears, and a larger body. Their appearance is often charcoal grey or light brown in color.

They are active year-round and their presence can be distinguished by small trails in the grass, the removal of a strip of bark around small shrubs (such as Junipers), clipped grass, and open holes in damp areas or rock walls.

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 Voles pose no major hazard to public health due to infequent contact, but can carry diseases such as:

Vole Removal in Southwest Colorado


Voles are often unseen rodents, yet they can cause a good deal of damage to your property. They do most of their burrowing underground and their tunnels go much deeper than other burrowing rodents like gophers and moles.

The most easily identifiable sign of voles is an extensive surface runway system with several openings to burrows.

The large underground tunnel system created by voles can pose a threat to the structure of a property. These creatures can also attract other large predators such as coyotes, weasels, and snakes.

While there are many DIY methods of vole control on the market, they are known to be ineffective in managing such a difficult pest.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance with a vole issue, please reach out to San Juan Wildlife. Our team of wildlife specialists will be happy to help!

We provide animal control and removal services in the following areas:

Allison, Arboles, Bayfield, Cahone, Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek Durango, Fort Lewis, Gem Village, Hermosa, Hesperus, Ignacio, Mancos, Marvel, Mesa Verde, Pagosa Springs, Pleasant View, Rico, Silverton, Towaoc, Vallecito, Yellow Jacket.

Check Out What Our Clients Are Saying

“Tom Hayes, of San Juan Wildlife Services, recently came to eradicate moles on my property. I immediately knew by my cat’s habits that Tom’s first attempt went a long way toward changing things around here!

My cat completely stopped his constant daily hunt by the mole hills the day after Tom’s work. My cat now spends his time on birds around the house and mice at the bottom of a far field. I must add that rarely have I met a service provider more kind, thoughtful, flexible and willing to help as Tom. We met at The Home and Ranch Show and he followed up in a timely, professional fashion.”

Robin Wiles

“Thank you for coming out so soon and helping us with our Vole problem. I think there’s one spot where we are having a reoccurrence but for the most part things seem a lot better, looking forward to calling u back in the Spring. Have a great Winter Sir”


“He was the best thing I ever ran across, he immediately responded and came out the same day. My neighbors had moles that came into my yard, I tried to work with my neighbors, but they wouldn’t work with me. Tom called them and took care of the whole problem. He is fantastic!”

Jane W.