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waplummer
Painted Post, NY

May 3, 2010
5:24 AM

Post #7759399

One cannot "clean up" a woodland garden without completely changing it, so voles will have a field (wood) day. I lost my Polygala paucifolia, presumably to voles.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 3, 2010
6:15 AM

Post #7759537

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56802/

Looks like a lovely plant, and I imagine you were very sorry to lose it!

I can report to those who are willing to trap for voles, that I caught three with peanut butter and oat baited traps within the first two days of trapping with only two mouse traps. I've caught none now in a week although I continue to find vole type holes and now have lots of new mole tunneling in one area of sod. I dug into a 'vole' burrow the other day and ran into a mole which I pulled up, photographed-- and let go in the woods, not too far away, with a stern warning. I couldn't do the dirty deed myself directly.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2010
7:41 AM

Post #7759802

If I have a mysterious hole, does that mean it's either a mole or a vole? Do friendly snakes ever make holes?

Thanks,

Carrie

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 3, 2010
3:48 PM

Post #7761214

Or chipmunk~ I'm not sure you tell, but seems to me like chipmunks realy like to go under a rock,pavement etc with their holes. We always see them right against the house.
I don't know if snakes can actually make holes. It seems to my logic that no they could not, but I can't say that with authority.
susie77
Kirkwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2010
5:31 PM

Post #7761551

The article mentioned poisons. As a volunteer at a raptor rehab facility, I plea with everyone to never ever use rodent poisons. They go right up the food chain.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #7761724

Oh, my hole IS right against the house, in a totally neglected area.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 4, 2010
3:45 AM

Post #7762476

susie, I appreciate your cautionary note.
~
carrie- I'd think chipmunk in that location but this is a totally unscientific opinion, and chipmunks can dig up potted plants; just ask my mother. But chippers are so cute..

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #7762810

hmm. Can we just fill the hole back up with more dirt? Cement?
Trecia
Asheboro, NC

May 4, 2010
1:19 PM

Post #7763836

To Carrielamont, snakes will use the holes made by the voles and moles. I happened upon one, one spring day. Thinking it was a piece of wood on the ground, I touched it and it promptly disappeared into the hole.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2010
7:33 AM

Post #7771868

Yikes!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 7, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #7773506

Yeah- eek! Carrie, I'm afraid they;' just dug up next to the one pile of concrete and make a new hole.

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