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Galt, CA
Jul 10, 2017 2:27 PM CST
If a vole/gopher is eating my squash and cucumber, and I try to poison the vole/gopher by placing poison pellets in their tunnel, would that possibly make the vegetables dangerous for me to eat?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jul 10, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Possibly. I think all poisons shoud stat out of the vegetable garden. And, in my experience, the gopher will avoid it too.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 10, 2017 3:21 PM CST
You are better off with a trap. Sometimes gopher bombs work but not often.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jul 10, 2017 4:01 PM CST
Good luck trapping....
Try making friends with a cat...
See if a friend of a cat will let you take some used kitty litter home...

I can't find them any more... But I used to have varying degrees of luck with castor beans... Just drop a seed or two in each tunnel... If they come up... Makes a nice plant.

I did once see an interesting looking trapping method on YouTube... But it was a little too complicated looking for me... Having cats and planting a lot of everything works pretty well.

At my house... I can't even plant seeds in the ground....the voles go right down the rows and eat up all the sprouting seeds.

So... I start everything in gallon nursery containers. And... Like I said... A lot of extra... Very disheartening to see the vole kill watermelon vines that had fruit almost big enough to eat....

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