Pest Peeve

 

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In case you haven’t heard, I’ve got  voles

The little critters were content to nibble on dandelion greens but then “discovered” the onion sets and swiss chard seedlings this morning. I have one thing to say about that: $#%^!

Anyway, this trouble isn’t exactly “new” to gardens and gardeners. And as Andrew Keys rightly pointed out today on RW&G’s Facebook page, calling them “voles” makes it sort of fun to complain about them. (Sort of…)

Goin’ retro, I went looking (okay, Googling) for rodents in old-school victory gardens and came up with this 1944 article by G.C. Oderkirk, which warns the bastards’ populations are cyclical. Hello, upswing.

Let me close this short post with a warning to the varmint(s) out back: my favorite preschool rhyme was this song and I had a cat named PhuPhu once, so I’m not going to call any fairies into rescue you if a cat, hawk or snake comes along to take you out.

Just sayin’.

Image source: Wikimedia

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3 comments

  1. So what did you decide to about the “damn voles”? Trap ’em? Andrew please—termination is required–these things reproduce rapidly. But how to do it? I’ve read people having success with snap traps and poison bait in a bait station to keep birds and other critters away.

    • We’ve got an issue because we live in a semi-rural area. I’m not sure what to do yet, especially since I don’t want to trap a county’s worth of critters.

      I did check this morning and yesterday–no new damage.

      We had voles in the yard once–before we created the raised beds, after a lot of rain. We bought some contraption out in the garage that is still in the original package because they disappeared within a few days. Perhaps the snakes will wake up soon? Or the hawk and cats will get busy?

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