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Ciao, Voles

By dormantsrule
October 18, 2012

Have you ever seen a plant in a bed start moving before your eyes and think you're having a 60's flashback?

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2012 8:43 PM CST
What a great tip. I have voles and a population of Brush Rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani), a very tiny rabbit. The rabbits are too bad but the voles are awful. I will sure give this a try.
Thank you dormantsrule. Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
Oct 18, 2012 1:11 AM CST
We use the same traps for 13 striped ground squirrels and they work great. They make a mess of our lawn.
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Onewish1
Oct 18, 2012 3:31 AM CST
that's excellent .. thank you!!
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daylily
Oct 18, 2012 3:43 AM CST
I use the same traps when mice manage to find their way into the house. We keep the traps set in the basement all year round.

They are the best traps! Really easy to set!
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Onewish1
Oct 18, 2012 3:52 AM CST
for those I love the electric traps.. keep it loaded under my sink at all times.. and one in the garage
Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Oct 18, 2012 4:49 AM CST
I must be out of the loop as I don't know what a vole is, maybe they aren't in my part of the country. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2012 8:46 AM CST
I thought the same thing Pegi. Until one ran out in front of me. First time I saw one was this year.
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Oct 18, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Fantastic tip!!!! And so badly needed here. My shopping list is growing.

I have chipmunks, moles, and voles or field mice whichever it is, or are they the same
thing? As of now, there are tunnels in most of the places we walk. The lawn is like
a washboard. I think the critters have already eaten everything in the daylily beds.

Earlier in the season, I had to re-sink a number of daylily seedlings due to the damage
from the critters.

Thank you for the fantastic tip.
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dormantsrule
Oct 18, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Here's another link, Peggy - http://elkhorn.unl.edu/epublic/live/g887/build/#target3

Rabbits are a real problem here that never ends; multiplying by the millions they will munch foliage at nose level. We have tried Skyd and every kind of homemade spray and then bought a havaheart trap, which they don't go near.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2012 10:43 AM CST
I have found that planting the ornamental euphorbias, in the areas with plants that voles/mice/gophers, etc., really does work to keep them from eating the plants. They seem to do a big detour when they come into the area with euphorbia.
Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Oct 18, 2012 11:59 AM CST
Thanks, both articles are really informant. Now if I had heard "field mice" I'd know what it was. Learn something new every day. Those little guys are just too overproductive and I'm glad I don't have issues with them.
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sherrilosee
Oct 18, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Am I the only one who thinks this sort of trap is cruel?
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dormantsrule
Oct 18, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Hi Sherri - I chose the snap traps because of instant death as opposed to glue traps or poisoned bait containing anticoagulants, which causes death by slowly bleeding to death internally
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Onewish1
Oct 18, 2012 6:07 PM CST
valleylynn said:I have found that planting the ornamental euphorbias, in the areas with plants that voles/mice/gophers, etc., really does work to keep them from eating the plants. They seem to do a big detour when they come into the area with euphorbia.

thanks!!!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2012 6:40 PM CST
Allison, I can now grow lilies, and have for the last three years, thanks to the euphorbia. Thumbs up
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Onewish1
Oct 18, 2012 7:32 PM CST
I am thinking that's why most of mine disappeared this year
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2012 8:59 PM CST
That and gophers. I wonder if mice will eat them also?
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Oct 19, 2012 3:38 AM CST
I had a nice established patch of black beauty .. gone.. and many others.. and we had groundhogs here as well.. wasn't a good lily year
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daylily
Oct 19, 2012 8:25 AM CST
Sherri - I have used these for a couple years. They are very forceful. Better than any other traps, and way, way better than glue traps or poison. After using them, and seeing how they work, I think it is instant. With old style traps, I do not think they have enough force to be instant. Sometimes they are, but not always. The Ortho traps are.

I tried the live traps in the past. They just did not work. It is a nice idea to trap and release, but the trap has to catch them first, and I have not used any live traps that ever caught any mice.
Name: Sherri Losee
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sherrilosee
Oct 19, 2012 3:51 PM CST
I did not realize they were instant - that is humane, if it causes instant death. Good to hear!
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