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#1 MFDAC OFFLINE  

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:14 PM

Hey folks, we have had a streak of warm enough weather that all the piles of snow have melted. Under the deepest, last to melt these darn critters have returned! Up around here I think they are called vols, and through the years I have had them out in the back yard or at the other end of the acre by the road and found dead ones occasionally while mowing. Now this infestation is by the house and around the shop. I'm thinking they may have burrowed under the concrete floor of the shop!

 

What the heck can I do to kill these things off?

 

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:18 PM

I will rent you my boxer/bloodhound. Although she may just dig up the concrete


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:26 PM

Its called a VOLE, never heard of them before. Good luck with finding a solution.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vole


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:30 PM

Those mole traps with springs work IF the mole keeps going down same trail or farther on at ones that look ended. They just get bumped and stick it, or one I had cut it like a scissors. Pull trap, leave animal in ground, push down all the trails.  They have those Sonic things they say work, but might be a joke, never tried any. I was in Rural King store other day and they had bottles of ground up black stuff to spread around and at openings. Not sure if they were to eat it or what, didn't read the labels really.  I have even seen them burrowing one time, went got shovel and just jambed it into the ground over the moving dirt. I suppose I cut it in half or such, never did scoop up to look.


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:31 PM

Find out what they are hanging around for:   such as what are they eating, and eliminate the food source.   

I have been putting down a grub killer twice a year.  I had trouble with moles.  Castor oil seemed to help, but eliminating the food they were seeking has made them go elsewhere. 

Good luck.      Rick


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:37 PM

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:38 PM

All I know about them is that they don't eat mouse poison. The dead ones I've found in the yard look a little different than the wiki link picture. Short tails and fairly big buck teeth with kinda long rear legs. Definitely different looking than a mouse.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:43 PM

Find out what they are hanging around for:   such as what are they eating, and eliminate the food source.   

I have been putting down a grub killer twice a year.  I had trouble with moles.  Castor oil seemed to help, but eliminating the food they were seeking has made them go elsewhere. 

Good luck.      Rick

Bingo-  Kill the grubs and they will go elsewhere..  Skunks like the grubs too..  (ask me how I know..)


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:44 PM

ah Vols... I declared war on them a few years ago. Vols can destroy a garden as they did mine. they are vegetarian and eat plants they love wood stalks but they have a weakness a sweet tooth. I lined my garden with cheap dollar store bazooka Joe bubble gum. and I also bought a dozen regular mouse traps. I whacked a half dozen with the traps use the gum on the trap.and the rest well they ate the gum and that they can't digest.

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 09:47 PM

They eat grubs, I have problems with them and its either kill the grubs or get a couple of outside cats.
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 10:03 PM

I have a bad mole and vole problem mainly in my garden. This year I'm declaring war on them. I've tried at least 8 different kinds of traps on them and none worked. Tried poison and sometimes works on moles. So now I gas them with an old mower engine. Tried it 2 weeks ago in one area, and now no more activity there. Going to try it on the voles this summer.
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 10:15 PM

We use those spring spike trap thingies you stick in the ground. or a pellet in the head works.


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 10:16 PM

Bingo-  Kill the grubs and they will go elsewhere..  Skunks like the grubs too..  (ask me how I know..)

how do you know? :D


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 10:42 PM

I would like the outddoor cat solution the best but most neighbors around here shoot anything that runs unleashed. Since I got no idea how to kill the food source, Rick, do you just spread it like grass seed or something? That still wouldn't take the vegetarian part of the diet away. The mouse trap with bazooka in it that Jabelman posted might be the easiest route to try first.

 

With all your help there will be a plan of attack soon! Winter is bound to come back for awhile yet so this may be a long war!

 

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 10:47 PM

I have a garden windmill.  It is a little out of balance, so that is makes a little noise.  I use to have moles in the yard and garden before the wife wanted a garden windmill.

Put it just inside the garden and the mole left the yard and garden.  It has been years now and still no moles in the yard or garden.


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