Call Us At 208-463-4533

The Difference Between Gophers and Voles

Gophers vs. Voles: Unmasking the Culprits Behind Your Lawn Damage


Hello again, folks! Chris here from Barrier Pest Control, your friendly neighborhood pest wrangler. It seems like some yard bandits are causing havoc out there, doesn’t it? This time, we’re pointing our magnifying glasses toward two suspects: Gophers and Voles. Understanding the difference between these two can make all the difference in safeguarding your lawn and garden.

A Peek Into The World of Gophers and Voles

Gophers: The Mound Makers

Have you been seeing mounds of dirt popping up around your yard? There’s a strong chance you’re dealing with gophers. They are pretty easy to notice because their underground tunneling leaves a visible sign: a telltale mound surrounding their opening. The size and number of mounds can determine how many gophers you’ve got. You may have several gophers if your yard resembles a miniature mountain range.

Voles: The Hole Diggers

On the other hand, voles can be sneakier. They make a hole about the size of a silver dollar (about a 1 ¼ inch diameter for all the youngsters). You might need a keen eye to spot them, but trust me, their impact on your lawn can be more significant than gophers. Why so, you ask? These prolific breeders can produce 8 to 10 pups every 2 months, leading to a quickly escalating infestation.

Gophers Vs. Voles: Who’s the Bigger Pest?

Now, you might ask: “Chris, which one’s worse for us in the valley?” From my experience, I’d have to say Voles take the cake. The sheer speed at which they multiply and the extent of damage they can cause can make them the more formidable adversary. A one-time treatment usually doesn’t cut it; in the case of a more significant infestation, you might need several treatments.

Gophers, though more noticeable, tend to move around a lot. They don’t typically hang around to create the same level of devastation. However, your circumstances might dictate the threat level. For instance, someone residing in a subdivision may not have as big a problem as someone living closer to farmland.

Effective Pest Control: Barrier to the Rescue

Now, it’s not all doom and gloom. Spotting these signs early can help you nip the issue in the bud. Watch for those mounds and silver dollar-sized holes when enjoying or tending your yard. And when you spot them, don’t hesitate to call us.

We’re experts at handling these critters and more, offering solutions tailored to your needs. Whether you need a one-off treatment or monthly rounds to keep these pests at bay, we’ve got you covered. And the best part? We offer on-the-spot pricing and even Facetime consultations for your convenience.

Remember, at Barrier Pest Control, we believe in a proactive approach to pest management. So, let us handle those pesky gophers and voles while you get back to enjoying your beautiful yard. After all, that’s what we’re here for – keeping your spaces pest-free and your peace of mind intact. Call us today – we’re always here for your pest control needs!


Don’t let gophers and voles turn your lawn into their playground. Understand the differences, spot the signs, and contact us at (208)463-4533. Together, we’ll show these pests they’ve dug their last hole in your yard! Till next time, folks, keep those yards beautiful and those pests in check!

Give Us A Shot!

Because of who we are, our history, our commitment to the future, our guarantee, and the specific standards that we hold ourselves to, we are confident that you will want to do business with us. Give us a call at (208) 463-4533 to request a quote! We are open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Service Area (Southwest Idaho)

Our pest control services are also available in Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Emmett, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa, Melba, Middleton, Star, Marsing, Homedale, Caldwell and Mountain Home.