Daylilies forum: Voles Help

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dc0145a
Jul 2, 2017 1:23 PM CST
Here in southern NH our daylily season is just beginning. I have some that have fallen over. Upon further inspection they come right out of the ground - absolutely zero roots. I found the lil bugger's holes. Help what to do?
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Polymerous
Jul 2, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Have you tried these? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XHS5JFD/

They come in different sizes, from 1 gal up to 15 gal.
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Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Jul 2, 2017 4:13 PM CST
The moles/voles have discovered my hosta in a garden that has several daylilies, so far they are enjoying the hostas...... this is what happens when you have gone without a cat or two for 10 months......

I could never go back and replant everything, although years ago I did something similar in another garden by fashioning chicken wire fencing into plant pots/cages. It did work until the the root balls became root bound and the plants stopped growing.

I did just order the sonic mole things and will see how those work. It seems to be 50/50 on results.
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Name: Davi (Judy) Davisson
Sherrills Ford, NC (Zone 7a)
Davi
Jul 3, 2017 4:06 AM CST
If you have found the holes, carefully excavate a run at the entrance and place a mousetrap baited with peanut butter in the run. Cover the mousetrap with a dark pot that is weighted down so that squirrels or chipmunks can't get accidently trip the trap.

The granular and spray on castor oil repellants work fairly well but are expensive and they just go to the neighbors, have babies, and come back later!! A good garden cat that hunts at night is your best option.

Or in the spirit of Independence Day, drop a cherry bomb down the hole! (just kidding on that one.....but they've made me so mad, I've considered it!!!)
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Jul 3, 2017 7:29 AM CST
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Name: Greg Bogard
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a)
Sscape
Jul 3, 2017 10:03 AM CST
After my evil neighbor shot and killed my cat a number of years ago, the moles and voles that plagued my garden eating over $200.00 worth of hostas (their favorite food) came back with a vengeance. Every Late Winter/ Spring, when the critters are at their hungriest point, I put out a couple dozen mousetraps baited with peanut butter. This worked pretty well to get rid of most of them. However, they come back so this has to be repeated annually.
My cat was the best mouser I had ever had. I took my neighbor to court. He got the standard $675.00 fine which was paid to me (half went to the Vet who tried to save her). He also had to write a letter of apology to me. Two more of my cats have disappeared. I suspect him, but he is evidently cagier now. The lawyer he got to defend him in the case cost him some real $!
I now have another good mouser who has cleaned up the vole/mouse population and hangs around because we feed him something each day. He does not go back where my evil neighbor is, so hopefully he will be OK.
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 3, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Donna-- Maybe 3 times a year after seeing lots of activity. I will flood some of the holes. The adult will be OK, I think I get the babies. How I know if I have been successful is the next day, it smells like something has died, outside in that area. I use Milorganite because they are not supposed to like the "humaness" of the product. If that is a word Confused . But I wonder how long it will take until they become used to it. Although some say they are like field mice, they are larger and if having a bad day will attack first. I say they are vicious because I have been attacked. They can be as large as the moles. They can not climb, but they are high jumpers. Once you start disturbing them becareful of reaching down into plants.

I agree a good garden cat is your best option! Borrow a neighbors cat. If you lightly mulch with wood cats usually will not go in the garden.. They do not like to scratch through it.

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Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Jul 3, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Hmmm, I have been lax with my usual milorganite usage and just yesterday, went around and put down a liberal amount. Didn't see any new damage today. Definitely going out and buying some more this week and will hit that area hard again.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jul 3, 2017 11:42 PM CST
Have you tried these? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XHS5JFD/

They come in different sizes, from 1 gal up to 15 gal.
It's daylily season!
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Frillylily
Jul 4, 2017 4:01 PM CST
Sscape said: After my evil neighbor shot and killed my cat a number of years ago, the moles and voles that plagued my garden eating over $200.00 worth of hostas (their favorite food) came back with a vengeance. Every Late Winter/ Spring, when the critters are at their hungriest point, I put out a couple dozen mousetraps baited with peanut butter. This worked pretty well to get rid of most of them. However, they come back so this has to be repeated annually.
My cat was the best mouser I had ever had. I took my neighbor to court. He got the standard $675.00 fine which was paid to me (half went to the Vet who tried to save her). He also had to write a letter of apology to me. Two more of my cats have disappeared. I suspect him, but he is evidently cagier now. The lawyer he got to defend him in the case cost him some real $!
I now have another good mouser who has cleaned up the vole/mouse population and hangs around because we feed him something each day. He does not go back where my evil neighbor is, so hopefully he will be OK.



well he surely is killing them when you are not home, or at night when you are asleep. He could be using poison on them or who knows what, guns are too loud. Just bring your kitty in when you are not home or when you go to bed. Our neighbors cat catches critter any time of the day, early evening ect.

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hillbilly
Jul 4, 2017 9:36 PM CST
If you use mulch try pulling it back from the base of the plant.it has helped me.
Name: Anne Harai
Snohomish, WA (Zone 8a)
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NWgirl
Jul 7, 2017 9:12 AM CST
I had an infestation that not even my 5 cats could conquer - I bought sonic solar powered mole sticks and, though initially skeptic, they actually work and for a large area, too. They're about $20 a piece but worth it. Using the same two I got last year for this season and they still work. I took them inside during winter in case the frost damaged them but not sure if it would. It will say on the package how big an area they cover.
I've found that slow release garlic tubes also work pretty well and are less expensive though not reusable like the sticks.

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