Do you know what voles are? They are a kind of cute lawn mice with short tails. While I hate killing anything (even spiders!), These small mammals can devour my crops, destroy my sod and make tunnels that disrupt other plant root systems. Flights and plants are like oil and water, they just don’t mix. Vole deterrents are the first line of defense and can even help more than baits and poisons.
Addressing vole problems
Our new home has arrived with a lot of vole bait. It should have been a clue, but last summer we had no vole problems, so I didn’t think of using things. The first sign of a problem came when our smallest cat presented me with a small headless body. I appreciated the present but I still haven’t understood that I should have done something. That is, not until I started the vegetable garden. During the night, whole plants would be missing. It was definitely more of pinworms, they could have been birds, but most likely it was voles.
We have five new fruit trees. I was also able to see the damage to the base of their trunks. Small signs scraped by voles that gnaw the wood. Apparently voles eat tree bark and roots, mainly in winter and autumn. Fortunately, it appears that they have not eaten the roots yet, as the trees still seem to be healthy.
Also, when I resumed my mowing schedule in the spring, I was able to observe the tunnels under the root ball. Before I had huge problems with the vole, I had to act.
We do not carry out chemical checks in our landscape. This meant that anti-fly deterrents could not be purchased. I needed a natural way to protect my plants from creatures. Flights and plants are not a successful recipe, so I had to do something as soon as possible. After reading the rodents, I came up with a 4-part plan:
- Remove the mulch from the plant stems
- Wrap new stalks of trees
- The unattended courtyard of the herbicide neighbor
- Repair the holes in the fence
Once this was accomplished, I also ordered live traps. These were primed with peanut butter and managed to catch several rodents. I took the traps to the fields around the city and released the small parasites.
To date, it seems that my actions were on time and stopped any future voles in the garden. We also have a lot of wild animals that eat voles, as well as my group of cats who think they are fun and tasty. Since a wild cat had children on our patio, we put on a hawk statue and a fluttering wire to deter the nearby owl.
This is probably why voles started appearing in force. Once the kittens are gone and the owl can take the road again, I’m sure any vole that dares to enter my property will quickly be grabbed and eaten. I’m almost sorry for voles.