Roots of Plants Eaten - Knowledgebase Question

Shamong, NJ
Question by shamongster
August 29, 1999
We live on a heavily wooded lot. For the first time in three years I am having a problem with something eatting my plants from underground. I find the leaves of my hosta lying on the ground, when I check them there is a small hole, approx. 1 in., right next to the leaves and there appear to be no roots left to my plants. Could this be chipmunks or some other burrowing animal?


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Answer from NGA
August 29, 1999

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I have not seen chipmunks do this so I would suspect a pine vole because they will eat roots and tubers, and hosta has nice fleshy roots. The following website has detailed information about them http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu:... and this site has a bit more information about eliminating them.

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