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Voles are among the most annoying pests for many hobby gardeners. Not only are they undermining sidewalk and stone slabs and leaving unsightly piles of earth on the lawn - the rodents are also targeting young trees and bedding plants. By damaging the roots, the voles deprive the plants of their livelihoods.
The result: Affected plants no longer stop and wither. Of course, you want to get rid of those uninvited guests who ruin your garden as soon as possible. But before you familiarize yourself with the different optionsTo deal with vole control, you should first determine whether it is at all vole.
Vole or mole?
Moles, in contrast to the rodents, are under protection of species and therefore can not be caught or killed. Whether a mound comes from a vole, however, you can find out very quickly on some features. In contrast to the mole heaps, the manhole at the vole is not in the middle, but a little further to the side. In addition, the vole mounds are not as high as those of the moles. The corridors of these two species are also different. While moles are rather round to broad-oval, those of the voles are highly oval and at least 8 inches wide.
Just a single copy is enough to make a formerly successful vegetable cultivation to chase after the 'tiny enemy' who mercilessly the roots and onions. a. eats away from seedlings and thus often destroys whole bedding crops. Even freshly planted fruit trees, perennials and ornamental shrubs are among the preferred victims of industrious tunnel builders.
Combat voles naturally
If you want to stay close to nature, you can try it first with vilmausvertreibenden plants. Imperial crowns, garlic, cross-leaved spurge or elderberry can help - but they do not have to. All too often, their use costs the annoying rodents only a sympathetic smile.
Home remedies - only for voles with a sensitive sense of smell
Herbal and biological remedies are of course the favorite to most gardeners. Sometimes you may actually achieve something with these home remedies. However, in most cases, measures such as buried dog hair or spraying of tree of life breeze leave the hole dwellers cold. Somewhat more success is promised by vixenous plants:
- cross-leaved spurge
- Imperial crown
But the rodents in many places quickly got used to these odors.
Natural enemies against voles
Sometimes it makes sense to get help from the animal world. Pets, such as young cats or dogs can clog the vole already. However, there is a risk with dogs that they break up the corridors and devastate the garden. If you live in a rural area, you may also be able to attract the natural enemies among the wildlife. For birds of prey, such as buzzards, it makes sense to set up wooden lifting aids in the garden. Other natural enemies of voles are:
Some have managed to keep their garden vole-free with such methods, but there is no guarantee of success even here.
Chemical preparations against voles
If the remedies described do not help, you may be forced to unpack the chemical club. When using baits, such as poisoned wheat, should be paid to the right time control. The best chances of success are between autumn and spring. During this time, the animals are also active, but find less voracious and therefore eat up sufficient amounts of poison bait.
Another method is the use of gas in the form of carbide chunks, which react with the moisture in the earth and so damaging release that drive out the tunnel builder. For sandy soils, where such gas escapes too quickly through the soil pores, a smoking agent based on castor oil is recommended. There are also companies that offer professional construction gas. However, this form of pest control is often associated with higher costs.
Vole traps and mechanical crop protection
If you want to fight voles effectively and do without the use of chemical means, you only have to use special vole traps:
- classic forceps trap
- Bavarian vole trap
- patented SuperCat trap
- box trap
To really catch all the voles, every gear used must be equipped with one or more traps. It is important to check and rearrange the gears several times a day if they have caught a vole. This system is very expensive, but if you get it right, this method of vole control is the most effective.
If you also want to protect your plants against vole bite, you can also surround them with a protective grid made of tight-meshed wire. For fruit trees and bushes, the use of wire baskets is recommended. Of course, you can also do a bit more work in the planting of new beds and lay out the floor with wire mesh. To do this, dig the bed about 50 cm deep and pull the wire up the sides. In this way, the polluters can dig no passages under the bed and your plants are spared.
Conclusion: home remedies usually have little effect against voles. Better, but more cumbersome and costly is the use of traps, poison or gas. Which in any case helps to protect the plants, is a mechanical protection of close-meshed wire mesh.
Alternatives to the trap
In addition to traps, bait products (attention: Always lay out of reach of birds or your own pets!), Gassing cartridges or poisonous wheat are offered in the garden trade. Also, a cloth soaked in synthetic human sweat or the game buff used against martens should help. It's definitely worth a try.
Finally, a tip: In the vole-infested garden, it is best to plant young fruit trees in a tight-meshed wire basket. Even the most stubborn rodent bites its little teeth.