Voles are members of the rodent family and are extremely destructive to plants. By burrowing under plants, they gain access to the plant's roots where they feast. The result is the death of the plant. Voles are often the culprit when people blame moles (see Moles Control with harpoon and scissor traps) for damage to plants.
You know you have voles when you see dime sized holes around the roots of plants. Voles will also reuse mole tunnels which also helps to continue to myth that moles eat vegetation.
Consider this e-mail I received 11/6/99
Hi...Living in Southern New Jersey...Having a huge problem with VOLES...Tried traps, garlic, smoke, and lots of Havoc and Rampage rat poison ground up and mixed with peanut butter and scattered over area and stuffed into every hole I see. About 3/4 acre garden is involved...Anything else I can try?
This is how I replied
When people tell me that traps don't work, I have to think to myself how hard did they try and what do they mean by the word "work" Don't be offended. The fact is traps do "work" in that they capture voles. The trouble is most people mean work as in I never have to trap again. It seems obvious that you have excellent vole habitat. Have you tried, multiple catch mouse traps like the tin cat?
If you don't want to spend the time trapping, I would contact a local pest controller and ask to get some poison stations put out. Be sure to find out how much experience he has with voles....
You can use snap traps directly if you have a lot of ground cover in which to hid the snap traps from birds and squirrels. Snap traps can be purchased at your local hardware store. If you want quick kill snap traps, a trap designed to kill the rodent more quickly than a traditional snap trap than click Quick Kill Snap Trap We would recommend that you secure traps whenever you use them to preven their being potentially moved by animals.
Use a mouse trap baited with peanut butter. Place two traps inside of a Tin cat. This will reduce catching non-targets as only mouse sized creatures can get to the mouse traps. This will help eliminate misfires caused by other animals smelling the peanut butter. We sell the Tin Cat Click Tin Cat for on-line purchasing. These tin cats have a solid steel lid for strength and privacy. to see if anything is caught simply look through the breathing holes on the sides.
Always be concerned about diseases. Wear gloves when handling bodies. We don't know enough about wildlife diseases, so treat all wildlife as potential carriers of dangerous diseases.
"Developing a Plant-Based Vole Repellent: Screening of Ten Candidate Species," the group reported that the following plants tested as the most effective feeding deterrents to voles among the plant species tested. (Source Paul Curtis, Cornell Univ.
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