Hostas forum: What to do about voles?

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Name: CJ
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AlwaysWeeding
Feb 20, 2010 12:11 AM CST
Lets have suggestions on getting rid of voles.
A friend of mine uses the small rat traps baited with peanut butter and places them under a flower pot (by one of their holes). The pot keeps dogs, cats, etc., from setting the trap off. He has also anchored the trap so it doesn't wander when the vole gets caught (and doesn't die).
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Feb 20, 2010 12:31 PM CST

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My kitties are pretty good at keeping those types of critters down. And I've noticed a few hawks and owls in the area, so...

Now, if I could just get them to take care of the deer... Smiling LOL

Diann
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 20, 2010 3:13 PM CST
You need bigger hawks Diann

Gary
Name: Kathy Shadrack
Boston, NY
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irisborer
Oct 16, 2010 2:23 PM CST
We live in the woods and we have a significant vole problem. Traps are not enough and since my worst problems occur during the winter (under several feet of snow), I'm not sure cats are the answer either. This is what I'm trying:
1) Digging in sharp gravel around and under the hostas
2) Making "collars" of hardware cloth, pinned solidly with landscape pins
3) tinfoil on young tree trunks

Comments? I'm not adverse to poison but I worry about the critters up the food chain.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Oct 16, 2010 7:35 PM CST

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I think you are on the right track, Kathy. I have friends that do roughly the same to protect their lily bulbs from voles.
Name: krista aka kjshostas rogers
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kjshostas
Oct 19, 2010 8:45 PM CST
5 YORKIES THEY ARE RELENTLESS!!!! THE OLDER 1 TRAINS THE NEW ONES SOMETIMES ALL YOU SEE IS TAILS AND WELL..... MY MOM WHO LIVED 400 FT FROM ME USRD TO GET SO MAD BECAUSE SHE HAD THE NOTORIOUS TUNNELS AND I DIDN'T I JUST TOLD HER TO QUIT FEEDING THE CATS SO MUCH!!! BLESS HER HEART THERE WOULD BE STICKS OF GUM COMING OUT OF THE GROUND,, MOTH BALLS ECT. BUT YORKIES WERE TRAINED TO GET VERMIN AND THEY WILL, ON THE DOWNSIDE THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO SHOW YOU THIER PRIZE. KJ I tip my hat to you.
Name: Diann
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Ticker
Oct 22, 2010 7:21 PM CST

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My kittles also like to present their kill to you so you can give them the proper appreciation for a job well done. Smiling And trust me, I do appreciate my kittles. ;)
Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Jun 5, 2011 8:28 PM CST
Okay -- any other ideas about how to get rid of voles...

I dug a new hosta bed in the back yard last year.... scraped grass off and tilled the soil up so it was really nice. I planted a whole bunch of hosta liners and daylily fans in this area. Now as I go back to the area to see why my liner is teeny tiny, I am finding tunnel after tunnel. This is the ONLY place in my yard where there are tunnels.

So - any ideas? I was hoping SLUGGO would kill them (LOL)!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Jun 5, 2011 9:04 PM CST
This might help http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/agguides/wildlife/g...
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Jun 6, 2011 8:29 AM CST
Thanks Susan!!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Jun 12, 2011 4:38 PM CST
Christine I went on a garden tour yesterday which were 5 gardens that were in the National Hosta Society Convention tour two years ago. Be still my heart. Never saw anything like them before, not even on TV. Many of the gardeners double up a three gallon plastic pot (like the round black pots bushes and trees are in at a nursery) and plant the hosta in good soil with compost then sink the pot in the ground. When I asked whey they did it they said the hosta doesn't have to compete with the trees for water and the voles can't get to the roots in the pot. Maybe a tip that would work for you.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Jun 13, 2011 12:57 PM CST
WOW!!! That is intense!!! Blinking
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

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gardenersdetective
Jun 13, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Sorry I didn't take more pix.
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wha
Jun 21, 2011 9:04 AM CST
i have done the planting in the old container in a trouble critter bed and it works - i have cut the bottom our to give the hosta roots a place to go with out any problems - i only use one container.
Bill

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