Why did I dispose of the bodies?
I think I'm becoming schizophrenic. There's been all this talk of voles which I'm finding so interesting. There's been talk of voles before and I was mildly interested but since I didn't think I had any, it was just curiosity.
In the fall I noticed all these holes in the garden out in the woods. I've created the beds with garden refuse from the year before along with soil, fir needles etc. (Where the plant actually is, there's a good soil mix). Anyway the more I saw these holes and tried to fill them in, the more I had a nagging doubt. Could I have voles? No. I had two killer cats and a constant supply of critters on the balcony to prove it. It must be mice. It could also be shrews. It was NOT voles. Talk about denial. I don't know if there's plant damage and wont know until spring but I've never had any before.
I've read the recent posts with increasing interest. I thought - "no" the holes I have don't look like that. I looked up a picture of a vole on the internet. The picture of the single vole did look like bodies I had found, short tail, chubby body. I must have them. I found a chart comparing voles, mice, rats, shrews etc (picture attached). That vole looked too big compared to mice and I know what mice look like so I was sure I didn't have them. I'd created the right environment for them acording to the articles. Maybe I do have them. I found an article that said they create mound like tunnels and you can identify them from that. No mound like tunnels so no, I don't have them. I read that if the hole is 2 inches they are squirrels, chipmunks, rats or moles. The voles hole is 1 inch in diameter. I thought that the holes I've seen are about one inch. Yes, I do have them. I finally decided to go see if I could find any bodies recently pushed off the balcony. I couldn't find any. I went to look for the dime sized holes that could confirm that I had voles. At that point I thought that between the voles and tree roots I wouldn't know WHAT would kill my plants first. I decided to measure the holes in the woods. They are 3 inches across, all of them. Now it looks like it belongs to a ground squirrel or a rat. I'm not going to look right now if ground squirrels or rats eat hostas. I don't think I feel strong enough to find out. One good thing is that I most definitely don't have armadillos.
"12 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 36 inches in diameter, thoroughly plowed three inches deep, in flowerbed: armadillo"
Have a good day folks. Myrle