Does anyone have a tried and true method of getting rid of voles? They haqve eaten all of my copper iris plants and are now defoliating my tall garden phlox and my native columbines.
I have read a few times about putting small pieces of Juicy Fruit gum in the holes. It is suppose to get rid of them. I have tried several other methods but have not seem much improvement.
I have also read about the gum a few years ago. I did have some success when I planted garlic bulbs all over one of my beds but we had to dig up that area last year to put new drain in and now they are back with a vengeance.
Confusing word, people didn't believe me when I said I had Voles! "Moles?" Nope, VOLES! The ONLY way we ever found to get rid of them were rat traps right near their holes when they exited. There was no humane way and no other way if we wanted our crops to grow. They are cute but then they become a clear pest!
you might try getting a cat or "rat terrier" type dog, they will catch the voles, but might make a nuisance of there selves as well,,,,though usually animals bother the neighbor's yards more than there owners.
I had trouble with voles so what I did was to put a cage over the hole and then put a hosepipe down the hole then litterially flushed em out. I then took them 5 miles away from my garden and released em. No voles now.
I want to that everyone for their input. I finally trapped the little buggar Using a Tom Cat live catch trap. I saw it running along the edge of the driveway into my garage as our garage door got blown in during a high wind storm 2 weeks ago and we are waiting (impatiently) for the contracter to get out here and replace it. Anyway one side of the garage door is askew and won't go up or down so it is a couple of inches off the ground and that is where it was going in. I put the live catch trap right where I saw it going in and voila, the next day it was in the trap. We have reset it and put it back in place just in case there is more than one but judging by the size of this guy he/she was eating well or eating for more than one. Anyway, we haven't seen any more and no more plant damage ... so far. I highly recommend the TomCat Live catch mouse traps. They will hold up to 10 voles or mice. I had one out all winter at the very back of our property line where my neighbor plants ornamental grass and there were at least 4 caught over the winter buried under the snow.Of course by the time the snow melted and my DH emptied there wasn't much left of them.