Roots of Plants Eaten - Knowledgebase Question

Shamong, NJ
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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?

Answer from NGA
August 29, 1999
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 and this site has a bit more information about eliminating them.

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