Subject: Re: voles and bulbs

Mark Mazer
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:57:16 PDT
>My standard answer to vole infestation, then, is “Get some snakes”.<

Yup.  When the rat snake population here is healthy, we have very few
problems with voles and mice in the greenhouse or garden. We sometimes
collect them from the neighbors that complain when the snakes are hanging
out.  At rest, their zig-zag shape is instantly ID'able.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC

Rainlilies and Crinums blooming here these days.

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:35 AM, penstemon <> wrote:

> >I hesitate to get cats, as I have bird baths throughout the garden and am
> a birdwatcher. But I wonder if I could encourage weasels to live nearby?
> They are tremendous hunters, if only they would hunt in my garden.
> Blood meal, sprinkled at the entrances to their tunnels, will make them
> move.
> The garden here used to be infested with voles but not any more. I
> attribute that, in part, to border collies, who loathe having voles in
> their yard and, when young and active, dispatch them very efficiently, and
> also in part to the large number of predators here. Owls, hawks, and a
> large population of snakes. Not just garter snakes, but big snakes (over a
> meter long) like racers and bullsnakes.
> My standard answer to vole infestation, then, is “Get some snakes”.
> Bob Nold
> Denver, Colorado
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