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Re: vole damage pics


Well I have never seen a vole - maybe they don't like heat? And mice
don't last long here - Sugar gets them. She LOVES mousies. And I have 3
feeders going - 2 year round. The mourning doves and other ground
feeders take care of most of the spillage...



---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 1 Mar 2004 15:30:54 -0500

>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
>> > > > > Editor:  Gardening in Shade
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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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