Subject: Re: voles and bulbs

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:57:15 PDT
I am not sure if this is correct, but I use a castor oil product (Scoot-Mole) which is designed to repel moles, but I think it also deters voles. At least, I see little bulb loss when I remember to apply it (autumn and spring) than when I forget. There are lots of cats in the neighborhood but rarely any snakes (alas).

in Salem, WV
On Mon, 7/17/17, Mark Mazer <> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [pbs] Subject: Re: voles and bulbs
 To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
 Date: Monday, July 17, 2017, 2:57 PM
 >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.
 Hertford, NC
 Rainlilies and Crinums blooming here these
 On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:35 AM, penstemon
 > >I hesitate
 to get cats, as I have bird baths throughout the garden and
 > a birdwatcher. But I wonder if I
 could encourage weasels to live nearby?
 They are tremendous hunters, if only they would hunt in my
 > 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
 > Bob Nold
 > Denver, Colorado
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