Mike Haych wrote:These guys not these guys.
The past few winters we've seen evidence of a fairly healthy meadow vole population. It's usually not been a problem so we're comfortable coexisting with them. Young trees get white plastic tree guards until they are large enough to survive the wee predators. However, this winter I plan to do a fair bit of hard wood sticking in pots. Rather than providing dinner, I'm looking for solutions on how to deal with them. I'm not interested in poisoning. Cats/dogs/etc. are a solution since the pots will be under the snow. I've contemplated 1/4" hardware cloth but that involves constructing a complete surround which is more than I want to do in the area where the pots will me. What I'm looking for is a repellent that will last the entire winter. Ideally, each pot would get the repellent on top of the mulch.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has some first hand experience. I can google as well as anyone but it hasn't been productive - I've not come across anyone who clearly states that they've done what they say works.
Mike Haych wrote:I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has some first hand experience. I can google as well as anyone but it hasn't been productive - I've not come across anyone who clearly states that they've done what they say works.
paul ogel wrote:Can you use duck tape to deter the voles? I ran a strip of duck tape up apple seedlings and then folded the tape lengthwise to cover the stem. First time trial in long grass in a ditch this year should work. You may need to open the top of the tape at budding time. Also can you space the pots apart to make less cover for the mice. If damage happens under snow, pack the snow down when the snow is about 3-12 inches deep -pack a large area about 3 to 6 feet around the trees. This works well, but you need to redo the packing down snow in the spring when the snow is going away or when the packed snow softens so mice can use it for cover again. If the pots are standing it should help deter them also.
Marsha Richardson wrote: We have habitat in the form of rock piles, brush piles, houses (owls), etc. This has made a gigantic difference in vole populations and a major increase in predators at least in our little corner of the world.
I'm definitely going to try to get into the owl house thing too. Something has to get on top of the voles. I do appreciate your experience, Ernie.
owl nesting boxes
I am now of the opinion that wherever I put one nesting box, I should put a second nearby.