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Re: vole damage pics, now traps


will do.  The traps I had from GA! were self contained, the hole just big
enough for the vole to squeeze in.  These new squeeze traps need to be set
under something, not just for the birds' protection, but for my cats' too!

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel Roman" <djroman@worldnet.att.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics, now traps


> Kitty,
>
> Don't forget to cover the traps with a box or large pot to protect the
> birds. I never had a problem with rabbits or voles until the fields behind
> my home were developed and 500+ homes constructed. I guess the critters
had
> enough to eat back then. Now they are more protected from predators too.
>
> Dan
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 3:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
>
>
> > Oh my! it makes sense that feeding birds would attract voles.  How does
> one
> > choose?  I have only one feeder these days - the only one that is racoon
> and
> > squirrel proof.  And the birds drop plenty of seed beneath it.
> > I'm going to see about picking up some traps today or tomorrow.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Daniel Roman" <djroman@worldnet.att.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 11:16 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
> >
> >
> > > Kitty,
> > >
> > > Our neighborhood has 4 feral cats that come to my pond for drinking
> water.
> > I
> > > would think that they would control the voles and to some extent the
> > > rabbits. I have been setting traps for the last 3 years and the
numbers
> > are
> > > consistently high. Our Hort agent said that if you have a bird feeder
in
> > the
> > > yard you will always have a lot of voles and mice.
> > >
> > > Dan
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 10:11 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
> > >
> > >
> > > > Dan -
> > > > 15 yrs ago when I had vole problems I used a contained trap that
held
> > bait
> > > > and water.  It worked well.  I've had no real problem since.  But it
> > could
> > > > be that the populations simply have cycled and are high here this
> year.
> > > > Also about 5 yrs ago it might have been bad, but my youngest cat
> Seamus,
> > > was
> > > > just a little guy then and was able to get to the vole nest.
Brought
> me
> > > at
> > > > least 60 baby voles.  At the talk I attended today, the speaker
showed
> a
> > > > trap just like you described and used in the same manner.  I may
have
> to
> > > get
> > > > myself a few.
> > > >
> > > > Ktity
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > > From: "Daniel Roman" <djroman@worldnet.att.net>
> > > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > > Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 8:41 PM
> > > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > Best way to reduce vole damage is to reduce their numbers during
the
> > > year.
> > > > I
> > > > > use two snap-traps under a large plastic tub set along a wall in
my
> > > > garden.
> > > > > Only voles and mice can get in. I bait the traps with peanut
butter
> > > coated
> > > > > with bird seed and set them against the wall. Last year I caught a
> > total
> > > > of
> > > > > 74 voles and mice. The previous year numbers were a little lower.
I
> > > seldom
> > > > > have any vole damage now but I wish they made similar traps for
> > rabbits.
> > > > >
> > > > > Dan in PA
> > > > >
> > > > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > > > From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > > > Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 8:13 PM
> > > > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > > yikes is right.  It's too early though for me to lift the straw
> > > covering
> > > > > the
> > > > > > Hosta babies and do anything with them.  It may have been 55
> today,
> > > but
> > > > > only
> > > > > > 40s for high later and can easily go back to teens for highs.
> March
> > > is
> > > > > like
> > > > > > that around here.
> > > > > > Kitty
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > > > > From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
> > > > > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > > > > Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 7:26 PM
> > > > > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] vole damage pics
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > Yikes, Kitty, they were having fun in your garden this winter!
> I
> > > > > > > know I have similar under the leaves out in the woodland
garden;
> > > have
> > > > > > > seen some signs of surface tunnels.  Hope they didn't hit your
> > hosta
> > > > > > > babies but if you've got voles, they will find them.  They
> chewed
> > > the
> > > > > > > roots off half a dozen large clumps for me last year as well
as
> a
> > > > > > > rather large Aralia cordata.  Finally just dug them all up and
> > > > > > > planted them in  5 gal. nursery pots with the bottoms off;
sunk
> in
> > > > > > > the ground with bottom filled with 3/4" driveway gravel and
top
> of
> > > > > > > pot about 3" out of the ground.  I'm hoping that will foil the
> > > little
> > > > > > > beggars.  No telling what they did under the snow we had, but
so
> > far
> > > > > > > the pots look OK.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > > > > > > mtalt@hort.net
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> > > > > > > ----------
> > > > > > > > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > > > > > > Hard to tell yet about plant damage.  I'm concerned about
> damage
> > > to
> > > > > > > a bed of
> > > > > > > > 100 baby hostas.  That's where the red-arrow-marked trail
led
> > to.
> > > > > > > Of course
> > > > > > > > the hosta aren't up yet and the bed has straw cover so it
may
> be
> > > > > > > awhile
> > > > > > > > before I know.  The main visible damage so far is the grass.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
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