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Vole Wars

By farmerdill
May 13, 2014

Growing plants entails a constant battle with the elements, insects, viruses, and bacteria. Even when we learn to live with these, other mammals slip in and upset our best efforts. Deer, groundhogs, and raccoons are major problems, but there are other small mammals that are both elusive and very destructive.

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Name: Joanne
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May 12, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Great article! My Dad used to bury a glass beer bottle about half way at an angle. He said the wind blowing into the bottle drives the critters (voles) away. I don't remember finding chewed on potatoes & carrots then, but now that I have the garden, we do find damage to the root veggies in areas, so I guess I should do what Dad had done.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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May 13, 2014 4:30 AM CST
I agree Very interesting facts about voles. I think that is what ate some of my tulip bulbs over the last two years. I am hoping that the snakes I have seen around here are keeping them under control.

Joanne, your dad was smart. Air going across the top of bottles is annoying above ground. I can imagine how it reverberates under ground Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Apr 7, 2016 11:41 AM CST
Hi Joanne, I like the idea of the bottle in the ground, but I've noticed I still have a vole problem unfortunately where there's a few wine bottles half buried. In all fairness, in my round bed where I have a vole issue, I also have string wrapped around the bottle in the center of the bed which stretches out to the edge of the bed to create radial spokes and dividers for the different plants growing there. Maybe the string is enough to dampen the vibration and make it ineffective for controlling voles.

Do you or anyone else have experience with the sonar sticks that are to be deterrents for voles? I'm concerned to set traps above as I have an 18 year old dog that still gets into what she shouldn't. I hate that I can't plant from seed without having my winnings absconded!
Name: Sandy
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May 18, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Try planting some sharp rocks with your bulbs or seeds or plants. Voles don't like sharp! A few years ago I had trouble with voles but I plant sharp rocks with my daylilies and there are some left but not in my garden anymore. Hurray! Hurray!

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