Bulbs being devoured

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:03:03 PST
Dave in Washington wrote
>   How about trying a double whammy, and using some excess (or cheap, 
> bulk, end
>of season) crocus bulbs as the bait.  They seem to like them, and might 
>learn to
>avoid them.

I tried soaking both cheap crocus and tulip bulbs in bittering compound and 
some in capsicum (red pepper) wax and planting the groups, alongside 
untreated bulbs. I noted no difference (very small N, however) in the 
number eaten by voles. I have read that birds do not detect bitter tastes; 
perhaps these rodents are the same.

Jane McGary

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