Pests and Diseases forum: Vanishing Plants

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Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Sarafoot
May 8, 2017 11:54 AM CST
I am very frustrated! I have a flower bed that is 18months old--dug out and filled with good soil. Plants are thriving in it. However, last year the daylilies, dahlia, and melampodium vanished. This year it is cosmos, verbena, and celosia.

The neighborhood sits among three farms. Terrible issues with fire ants, gophers and moles. I have yet to see squirrels or rabbits.

Any ideas of what I'm up against and what I should do? My flower garden gives me such joy yet so much heartache when the plants disappear.

Thanks.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
May 8, 2017 7:33 PM CST
@Sarafoot, You probably need to first determine what's getting your plants. Do you have a game camera? You can set one of those up to cover most or all of your garden. They take both day and night photos. Once you know, it's easier to come up with a solution.
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Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Sarafoot
May 9, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Unfortunately, I do not have a game camera. It's a great idea though.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
May 9, 2017 12:35 PM CST
They're not terribly expensive.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 10, 2017 1:50 PM CST
It actually sounds very much like my main nemesis....
Short tailed voles.
They look like mice, but live underground, and eat plant roots...

They took out my iris one year.... I can't even grow jerusalem artichokes....
or taters... Believe it or not... They even ate the root off of a pokeweed!
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They're even eating the camellias!
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Cats are of some help, but voles must taste nasty...
You can try dumping the cat litter box in the bed, that gives a little relief... And... youtube is full of videos describing how to trap these pests...
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
May 10, 2017 2:26 PM CST
@Sarafoot, if you are able to identify the problem as voles, look here: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTN...
Scroll down to "Management" for info on how to control them using preventative measures.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Sarafoot
May 10, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Thank you both for your replies. I thought it was voles last year, but I was informed East Texas doesn't have them. Sure fits the bill.

I need to befriend the neighborhood cat.
Thank You!
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
May 10, 2017 9:44 PM CST
We have voles in Illinois. They follow the mole burrows so don't have to dig much on their own. About the only thing they damage in our garden is potatoes.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 10, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Do you have the javelinas (feral pigs)? We have them in NM, and when they move through, they pull up plants and eat them, roots and all. Entire plants vanish in one night. Fortunately they aren't around year round here. They come by maybe every 3 or 4 months. There is no way to keep them out except really strong fencing.
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 10, 2017 10:06 PM CST
@Sarafoot - I had never heard of voles until a few years ago. My cousin was complaining about them and I kept thinking she was saying 'moles'. She lives in Double Oak, TX, which, of course is not East Texas. Wild guess is that Double Oak (or Oak Oak) is somewhere between Lewisville and DFW. So anyway, if she can have voles, I would think you might have them too. Just saying.

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