Irises forum: Voles decimating siberian iris and iris cristata during the winter

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Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jun 14, 2016 7:10 PM CST
Hi all,

I am hoping someone on this forum can help me deal with the voles eating my siberian iris & iris cristata. It happens during the winter under a cover of snow. Over the past 3 years I have had fewer & fewer iris coming back. Any suggestions? I am ready to pull the remaining siberian iris & iris cristata out & try something new in that location.

Here is a photo of the siberian iris 3 years ago. The photo does not show very well, but the iris were beautiful.

Thumb of 2016-06-15/Cayuga/5b207e

If I had a photo of that part of the garden now, you would see maybe one or two blooms, no more.

Help!!

Thanks for your help.

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 14, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Decon-- a friend puts it in his garage for them to eat.
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jun 14, 2016 7:27 PM CST
Lucy---forgive me I am a bit dense. Are you pulling my leg? The iris? Your friend puts the iris in his garage for the voles to eat? ?
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 14, 2016 7:29 PM CST
My problem is moles, not voles -- so I can't help, and I'm sorry about that, but I sure can sympathize..... Sad
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 14, 2016 7:30 PM CST
No -- Decon. The friend put Decon in the garage. Lucy doesn't pull peoples' legs.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 14, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Thank you. voles follow the mole runs. We don't have moles, so no voles. Doesn't rhyme but I can't help that.
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jun 14, 2016 7:53 PM CST
Ah! Decon is a poison. I thought you got my name wrong! Ok. I'll try Decon. Thanks Lucy.

@Muddymitts thanks for your clarification.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 14, 2016 8:01 PM CST
Lucky you Lucy -- no moles................. Glare
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 15, 2016 3:39 PM CST
We do have the star nosed mole which is a swamp animal. It turns up every once in a while. I think I have seen 2. Its nose looks like a roto router.

When putting out poison keep the door shut so no stray cats get it.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 15, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Lucy -- the garage floor must have been dirt......??

I have seen pictures of the star-nosed mole. Weird looking......!!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 15, 2016 6:24 PM CST
I don't remember the floor surface. It's not an attached garage.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jun 15, 2016 6:37 PM CST
d-con... I thought Decon was a new person as well Hilarious!

We've got gophers and moles here. I trap the gophers and use Talprid bait for the moles.

Rid-x has been effective for mice and rats here. It's non poisonous to any animal eating a rodent that's ingested it.. I believe the main ingredient is corn gluten. It might work with voles..
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Jun 15, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing D-Con, took me a sec to catch that also. Moles follow the grubs. Grubs follow?
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Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jun 15, 2016 8:13 PM CST
The grubs follow the roots....~!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jun 16, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Sherry -- Talprid???????
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Jun 16, 2016 2:11 PM CST
http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/talpirid-bait-p-196.html
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jun 17, 2016 6:00 AM CST
Thank you Arlyn -- I've got to look into that............
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 7, 2016 11:37 PM CST
thank you arlyn, i think i'm going to purchase this product for the gophers. sounds easy enough to use, by sprinkling then watering it in.
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Oct 8, 2016 2:28 PM CST
I don't have moles or gophers but several years ago saw definite signs of voles round my apple tree when the snow came off. I probably have a rat but I haven't been able to catch sight of it but I hear the rustling in the myrtle and see the movement of the leaves by something bigger than an mouse. As I get rid of most of the myrtle, still about a third of the back yard to go, I hope to get rid of him/her, There are a couple of neighbor cats who visit my yard so don't want to put out any poison.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 8, 2016 3:14 PM CST
unfortunately, i cannot 'employ' any neighbors' cat. we can't have cat outdoors in this area because of the large raptors and coyotes­čśČ.

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