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    Voles! How do you deal with them?

    The snow is finally melting en masse up here in Vermont so now I'm getting to see how what things look like underneath the winter-snow blanket.

    What I have found were lots and lots of vole trails as wells as random mounds of earth which I think are from voles but maybe from something bigger. I don't remember seeing so much evidence from last spring. I am a little concerned that all my big garden plans might be sabotaged by these little buggers!

    Anyone have similar issues and if so what did you do to combat the problem?

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    Outdoor cats is one method.
    We had them pretty bad a few years ago. Ate alot of the wifes flower roots thus killing them.
    Last year wasn't that bad.
    I've tried a bunch of different methods with so so success.
    The only critter i got a handle on are moles thanks to that wicked trap i got on amazon a few years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    The only critter i got a handle on are moles thanks to that wicked trap i got on amazon a few years ago.
    Can you post a link or a pic of the trap?

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    OK, I'll bite, what are voles? I thought you meant moles and then see where you talk about moles as a separate critter.
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    My FIL says that Teaberry gum is effective against moles. It may work for voles as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    OK, I'll bite, what are voles? I thought you meant moles and then see where you talk about moles as a separate critter.
    Most people call them "Field Mice" but technically, they aren't mice. Voles is the proper name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    OK, I'll bite, what are voles? I thought you meant moles and then see where you talk about moles as a separate critter.
    I was wondering the same thing - had to look it up:

    Identifying Moles and Voles - Lawn Pests

    Looks like a vole is actually a rodent.

    This is the first year we had any sign of moles in over 20 years after the snow melted. Lots of mole hills in a couple sections of my mowing area - mostly in the softer area where there are springs. There doesn't seem to be any recent activity so I am just going to back drag my bucket over them before I start mowing.
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    This trap is a good one.
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    Thanks for the responses.

    It might be moles instead of voles but the ones I saw were pretty small.

    I'll look into that trap idea. Thanks!
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