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Voles are not very popular in the garden: they are extremely voracious and prefers tulip bulbs, fruit tree roots and various types of vegetables. The installation of vole traps is tedious and not exactly pleasant, but still the most environmentally friendly method of control - after all, no toxic substances such as gas or poison bait are used. Although it is often read about allegedly reliable home remedies to drive out voles, but these work, if at all, only very unreliable - because once vole mice have settled in a garden at home and find there enough food, it is almost impossible, they with odors and to drive out noise again.
The biggest catch success is with vole traps in the fall and winter, because during this time the food supply in the garden slowly becomes ever scarcer, so that the rodents gladly accept the offered bait in the vole traps. However, most traps also work without bait provided they are placed in a gear that is still fresh and regularly used by the voles.
Before you place the vole trap, you have to make sure that the discovered gear is really the work of a vole and not part of a mole building. In this article, we explain the most important differences between Mole and Vole, so that you can safely distinguish the buildings. If in doubt, the so-called Verwühlprobe helps: If you expose a still-used Vühlmausgang, it is usually closed by the rodents within 24 hours again ("verwühlt"). The Maufwurf, however, leaves the corridor open and undermines it with a second tunnel.
Decisive for the success is the number of vole traps set up: Start in a corner of the garden and systematically search the surrounding area with a thin rod for vole ducts. In each discovered and still used corridor - here in case of doubt, the Verwühlprobe is helpful - then place depending on case type one to two fishing gear. The bigger the area covered with vole traps, the faster you get rid of the pests. The traps set should be checked daily and, if successful, placed in the same place again until you catch anything here.
What else is to be considered when setting up vole traps, we explain to you step by step based on the following figures.
How to set up a vole trap
Locate vault exit (left) and buried (right)
The search for the vole exit is pretty easy with a metal or bamboo pole. If he gets into the ground easily, you have found him. Now use the spade to prick a square piece of earth vertically in the course of this tunnel. Then lift off a shallow hole in the ground. The sole should be at about the same height as the mouse. If you dug too deep, just re-fill some of the earth and compact it slightly.
Rub vole trap with earth (left), put bait in trap (right)
New vole traps should be rubbed thoroughly with soil. It is even better to put them in the water one night before, so that they lose their own odor. Always handle the devices with gloves. Voles have a good sense of smell and the human scent deters them. As bait, stick a piece of carrot or celery on the plastic hook provided for this purpose. You can increase the catching effect by rubbing the entire trap with the bait so that it takes on its odor.
Tighten trap (left) and place in vault exit (right)
Tighten the baited trap by pushing the metal clip of the spring into the plastic holder with both thumbs. As soon as the vole tries to pull the bait from the hook, the lock opens and the spring pulls the catch up quickly. The trap is then placed with the opening in front of one end of the aisle.
Set up vole trap
The hole may remain open after placing the vole trap when the open aisle is completely covered. If there is still some light coming in from above, you should put a black bucket or a wooden board over the hole - otherwise there is a risk that the vole will destroy the trap because it wants to close the passage. Fighting success is greatest when you place a trap in front of both aisles.