Subject: Re: voles and bulbs

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:43:42 PDT
When I lived in Santa Fe, all the veggie gardeners felt blessed if they had a bull snake. When one moved in next to my garden, the mice and the cottontail rabbits were very quickly under control.
Jo Canning

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Subject: Re: [pbs] Subject: Re: voles and bulbs

>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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