Crocus predators

Jane McGary
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 09:19:45 PST
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

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