Teaching your pet how to catch voles and moles is unlikely to resolve your rodent problem completely. So you will still need to use additional vole and mole control methods. But if you have a cat or dog already anyway … you can very easily make it support your mission to get rid of the voles and moles … in a natural, environmentally friendly and safe way.
How to catch voles and moles with your pet?
Cats and dogs are predators … and most of them will instinctively hunt small mammals such voles, field mice and moles. Therefore … you don’t actually have to teach them how to catch voles or moles!
So while they already know how to catch voles … what you do need to do is to give them the opportunities to hunt: They need to spend as much time as possible in the area where the voles are present. This is especially true at night, when rodents are most active … and leave their protective tunnel systems. So for best results … you will need to find a solution to let your pets outside during the night … at least during spring/summer time.
Another important point is to give your pet an incentive to hunt: Our suggestion is of course not to starve your cat or dog … but you will find that feeding it a little less will greatly increase its desire to hunt.
How effective is this method short and long term?
In most cases you cannot expect miracles from using this method alone. If you have a relatively small area … and if your pet knows well how to catch voles and moles, you could be okay.
However, in many situations you are dealing with hundreds of rodents … and even the best hunter will not be able to get rid of all of them.
So in conclusion … even if you know how to catch voles using your pets … they can help with the problem … but you will likely still need to use additional rodent control methods. (Our page: “18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles” has a complete overview over all 18 vole and mole control methods.)
Of course, the more cats and dogs you have … the more effective the overall mole and vole control.
Is this method expensive?
No, if you are keeping the pet already anyway. (We would not recommend to get a pet solely for the purpose of mole or vole control.)
How much effort does this method involve?
None or very little. (Possibly some one-time efforts to set up the pet to sleep outside … or to install some fencing, or the like.)
Environmental, animal and safety matters
Even though your pet will actually “kill” the rodents … many people would argue that this is a normal hunter-prey relationship … where the hunters already know how to catch voles. This can be seen as an integral part of nature.
Even most people who object to killing rodents altogether … would agree that using your pet is still one of the more environmentally friendly vole and mole control methods. Furthermore, you also avoid the safety hazards that some of those other methods have.
If you disagree with “killing” moles or voles no matter what … we suggest you look at below 7 methods that do not harm the rodents all all. (Click on the method to get more detail on it.)
Summary of pro’s and con’s
- No or low extra effort … cats & dogs already know how to catch voles
- No or low extra cost (… if you already have the pet)
- Natural mole and vole control method, low environmental impact
- Safer than many other methods
- Method is unlikely to be effective in most situations … especially short-term
- You will still need to use additional mole/vole control methods
For a complete overview over all 18 vole and mole control methods … see our page: “18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles”
Author: Martin Collins
Last update: 05-Feb-2015