Voles!...or Where are my crocuses (croci)?

oogy4plants(6B MD)March 8, 2006

I seem to have encouraged a vole outbreak in my yard with all the leaf mulching and lasagne gardening and planting tasty veggies for them (they think).

So all my daffodils, tulips, and grape hyacinths are all popping up, but there is no sign of any crocuses.

Does anyone know if these are tasty for voles? I'm pretty sure they usually come up early and should be blooming soon if they are there. How about iris?

I feel slightly guilty about the poison pellets I put down their burrows, only because I fear that squirrels may have been able to dig them up. I haven't seen any squirrels lately, but there were several right after I put the pellets in the tunnels. Ooops.

The holes are in several areas of my lawn, in most of the garden beds, and in the adjacent wooded, leafy areas. The veggie garden has a fence, but it is only buried 4" deep- not enough to keep the voles out obviously. I raked out all the garden beds to remove any cover where they can hide and burrow. Hey, hawks, Dinner is served!

Is anyone else plagued with voles? What are voles favorite foods (besides strawberries, onions, carrots, and parsley roots)?

Let's talk about it.

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kimka(Zone 6B)

Cats....good hungry cats are the best vole control. Now if I could just convince mine not to bring the voles inside the house to presentto me pretty much uninjured.

My crocuses just started blooming this week.

KimKa

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 3:29PM
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watergal(z6/7 Westminster, MD)

Lost a hardy banana to the darn voles a couple of winters ago when they decided to move into the lovely straw mulch vole condo I had built. They ate the entire corm, leaving just a hole in the clay. I got some revenge though - I found one drowned in the pond a bit later on.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 11:34PM
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oogy4plants(6B MD)

Ack! I planted out some seedlings in my veggie garden last weekend and there is now a hole right there. Is there anything like hot pepper suace that might deter the voles and send them elsewhere?
Feral barn cats are available for 'adoption', but cats are not too selective and I don't want to feed them my birds.
I think I will try hot pepper sauce in the veggie garden and put out some more poison vole pellets in the holes around the garden.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2006 at 9:45AM
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oogy4plants(6B MD)

A few crocuses have come up. I may have covered some of them with newspaper and mulch last year by mistake. I wanted to report that the voles like to eat the TOPS of the crocuses even before they bloom. I have noticed increased hawk activity around the vole buffet. I removed all the cover and dug up the vole burrows in my veggie garden and they seem to be retreating. I haven't yet put out the mice traps. Some of my gardens resemble the prairie dog town at the zoo.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2006 at 6:02PM
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brighteyes(7)

Im having the same problem. But my cat has been helping. he left 3 on the front steps this morning. ugh. Glad to see them going but not what i want to see in the morning. They got my tulips

carey

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 12:49AM
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