The Q&A Archives: Deterring Mice

Question: When the snow melted (while we were gone for a week in March), we noticed that some of our flower bulbs had been dug up (and eaten?), apparently by a small animal. Carrots were missing, too. How can we prevent this in the future? P. Mitchell Huntsville, UT

Answer: Your bulbs abd carrots were probably eaten by mice or voles. To discourgae them in the future, place wire around the bulbs in the ground when planting to prevent them from reaching the bulbs, place crushed egg shels in the planting holes to make the bulbs less appealing or plant daffodils around the tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs. Daffodils are poisonous and rodents tend to avoid them. Perhaps they'll avoid the whole area if they find the daffys first.

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