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#1 bja105 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 05:38 PM

I have had problems with voles in the garden. I just learned that moles are predators, they eat worms and grubs. Voles eat plants. Especially my beets, carrots, potatoes, and peanuts.

Last year, the garden was a mess of weeds and wide beds. It was perfect cover for the voles, and the cat did not catch enough to save my beets. Most of the beets were chewed below the ground.

This year, I went back to rows. I can keep up with the weeds better, and it will be easier to harvest.

I also built an experimental vole trap. I had seen this idea for catching mice, and tried it in our old farm house. This winter I caught about 20 mice in the house. I think I cleaned them out, since I see no evidence of mice anymore, even with the grain we keep for the horses. I adapted the trap by lowering the dowel (an old wood arrow.). I buried the bucket and covered it loosely. The bucket has water in the bottom.

I will check and see if I catch any vermin daily.

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 05:47 PM

This is the indoor version of the trap.  The mice climb the ramp and walk the plank to get the peanut butter.  The bottle is drilled out bigger than the dowel, so it spins easily.

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 05:51 PM

I have great faith that trap will work, just not during the summer. I built one a week ago, nothing so far, except one of the cats licked all the peanut butter!!

 

I think there is too much available food for a trap to work now, I will be ready come fall!!  :dancingbanana:

 

Oh, yea, I added a cover also, to stop the cat from stealing the bait!!  :smilewink:


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Posted June 08, 2013 - 06:21 PM

My two year old son ate the peanut butter on the one at the farm house. 



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Posted June 08, 2013 - 06:53 PM

I don't have a vole problem I have a mole problem and those little rascals are hard to catch in a trap.



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Posted June 08, 2013 - 09:51 PM

I don't have a vole problem I have a mole problem and those little rascals are hard to catch in a trap.

 

Have you tried Trapline mole traps? I love em, works every time.

 

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 12:21 AM

What the folks up here call "moles" are actually pocket gophers; muscle bound little earth movers that can make a mess of a hayfield in one season, and do a job on the garden overnight. No underground vegetation is safe from them;  we've had them tunnel right through a potato that was in the way of their burrow, and they'll clean out a row of beets in no time. One sure way to deal with the little varmints is to find the tunnel and drop in  a block of mouse poison or gopher tox. Very efficient and deadly, but requires care in handling  as it is indiscriminate in what it kills. I hate to use poison, but when all else fails----       :shoot2:


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Posted June 09, 2013 - 02:03 AM

This will get the little furry critters.

 

 

 

 

Seen this a few years ago.Looks like fun lol


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Posted June 09, 2013 - 02:25 AM

This will get the little furry critters.

 

 

 

 

Seen this a few years ago.Looks like fun lol

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 06:50 AM

There was a guy using a big vacuum mounted on a truck to suck the little fur balls out of the ground, but I think the SPCA sued to get him shutdown.

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 07:02 AM

Have you tried Trapline mole traps? I love em, works every time.

 

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thanks that is what I use. It has been wet this spring the trap works better when the ground gets dry. I have better luck in July and august catching the critters. Seems like they multiply like rabbits.






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