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Old 04-02-2014, 05:20 PM
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Getting Rid of Voles?

Any ideas on how to successfully get rid of voles?
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:55 PM
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What the heck is a "vole". Am I the only one who has not heard this term?
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:14 PM
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Any ideas on how to successfully get rid of voles?
I just made them go away on all of your turf.

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The Vole damage that you may be seeing as tunneling through the turf layer was done over winter under the snow piles and the Voles are long gone.

They are not a lawn pest in the growing season. There is no way I know of to prevent them from occuring with the snow layers we all had this year.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:16 PM
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A vole is kinda like a mole.

It's a rodent, it lives under the snow and ice during the winter, they chew weird patterns in the lawn to make their nests …it sorta looks like Thor landed in your yard the weird patterns they chew up.

When you do a spring clean up/thatch what have have left is trenches of no grass in the the turf that now need to be reseeded because they chew right through the crown to the roots.

They don't burrow under ground like a mole, just between the snow pack and the turf during the winter.

In the spring/summer they hide/nest in the surrounding native higher grasses.

One of the best things to do for voles is to cut the grass super short for the last cut of the fall…there is less for them to chew on…then they go over to the neighbors yard

Deer spray on the grass works too.. they do like eating it… but it's pretty spendy.

also, cut down the surrounding 'native edge' 2-3 times a year… on a golf course this would be 'the rough'…this is where they hide… if you don't have rough near your nice turf for them to hide in before winter…they won't migrate to your nice grass come winter.

Of course all these costs are USUALLY MORE expensive to the end user (your client) than just fixing their damage in the spring.

Depends on what the client really wants.

They aren't going to like the 100s of extra dollars (or more depending on property size) each year to combat the voles.

Some of them think it's "your" fault they have voles.

It's not like cinch bug… you can't just spray them away. They are mammals.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:16 PM
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What the heck is a "vole". Am I the only one who has not heard this term?
Field mice.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:51 PM
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Yes, you have to know the difference between moles and voles, crazy as it might sound,
the more you know the less the chance of looking the fool when the customer asks.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:50 AM
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I also heard something about Caster Oil? Apparently they dont like it on their fur? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:14 PM
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http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pest...le_control.htm



They suck!

Here is what they did over the winter to 5 knockout roses I planted for a customer. Total loss! Also have eaten all 4 nandinas I planted at his neighbors house. They aren't totally dead but are totally stunted and should probably be replacesd. Really have to plant things with wire net around the bottom.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:47 PM
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I guess I have not heard about them because we do not get much snow here. Moles are bad enough. Glad we don't have to deal with those little "pests", too.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:03 PM
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Kinda look like a mix between a mouse and a hamster...
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