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May 8, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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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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May 8, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
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@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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May 9, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Unfortunately, I do not have a game camera. It's a great idea though.
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May 9, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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They're not terribly expensive.
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May 10, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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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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May 10, 2017 2:26 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Region: Ukraine Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads
Vermiculture Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories
@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.
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May 10, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Sara
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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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!
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May 10, 2017 9:44 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Region: Ukraine Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads
Vermiculture Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories
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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May 10, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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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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May 10, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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@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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