Crocus predators

Carol Jensen
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:39:12 PST
At 22:55 13-12-2005, you wrote:
>Carol's remarks suggest that in Denmark mice are mice.
>However, even in Denmark it's not that simple. In addition to house mice
>(Mus musculus, family Muridae) there are gray-sided voles aka red-backed
>mice (Clethrionomys rufocanus, family Crecitidae, and its relatives) which
>are serious garden pests. In Danish, GrĂ¥sidemus, in German Wuhlmaus.
>Jim McKenney
>Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm sorry to say I know
>more from personal experience about these things than I would prefer. 
>Jim, you are right in that we also have voles and we call them mice. Cats won't eat them; that's the only difference! Never saw a red-backed mouse though.

Nothing bothers my garden. Probably because I don't mulch at all. People who mulch (among my organic gardener friends) have horrible problems with all kinds of rodents.

I do get them in the house, though, and feed them chocolate in a humane mousetrap. Those I miss leave anyway in the spring and they do no damage.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: []
>On Behalf Of Carol Jensen
>Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 3:59 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Crocus predators
>At 18:19 13-12-2005, you wrote:
>>Mike's mention that the worst problem growing crocuses in his area is 
>>animal predators motivated me to mention yet another new attempt at 
>>controlling mice in a crocus collection. Field mice won't take many of the 
>>baits sold for control of house mice, and the ones currently at large here 
>>seem unusually clever at robbing the bait out of traps without triggering 
>>the traps. I finally decided to try distraction. Since they love sunflower 
>>seeds, I just put a bowl of sunflower seeds (the kind sold for bird 
>>feeders) in the crocus area of the bulb frame where they were digging for 
>>corms. They've been taking the seeds and have left the pots alone for a few
>>days now. I hope this will be an environmentally safe compromise. I plan to
>>move the seeds gradually away from the crocuses and teach the mice to go 
>>somewhere else for food.
>>Jane McGary
>>Northwestern Oregon, USA
>Good idea, Jane. However, do you make a real distinction between field mice
>and house mice? In Denmark house mice are field mice that get cold and
>hungry around late November and move indoors, leave for the fields in
>March-April. We never have mice in gardens in summertime, as there is so
>much to eat in the fields.
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