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Since new construction started happening a few years ago near our neighborhood, we have had the vole problem and sometimes I think we are just chasing these little critters from one yard to the next.Two things have worked well for us. First we mixed two tablespoons of castor oil with on gallon of water and sprayed the perimeter of our yard and areas where they were. They hate the stuff and go away for about half the growing season and then another application is required. Also, late Fall seems to be a time when this mixture has to be sprayed to prevent them moving into your yard for winter. I have had neighbors who had all their root crops eaten by these pests.

The second thing we have done is put the solar powered gopher spikes in a couple areas of our years. The noise the spikes make chases them away, of course like I said, unless all the neighbors cooperate you just chase them to the neighbor's yard.

We have a neighbor who has over 10 feral cats in her yard. I think we should chase them all there. Voles won't hang around where there are cats who will hunt them.

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5/11/15 5:34 P

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Thank you for the advice. We are currently moving and unfortunately the neighbors we have now are animal lovers emoticon I have the one who is still trying the trap them, a year later, ugh! And I doubt the other neighbors will go in with the whole extermination idea. The new house we are moving into also looks like it has a vole situation too emoticon So, we will save our money and invest it there. Hopefully the other neighbors there will get on board with the program.

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4/15/15 1:01 A

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Voles, as you've already found out, are super destructive little critters and they multiply rapidly. One female can produce as many as 70 baby voles per year.

Getting grubs under control does absolutely nothing to voles. Voles are total herbivores and don'touch worms, grubs, ants or any other critter. They love all kinds of grasses, flowers, fruits, vegetables. If it grows from the ground, it's just another item on their buffet. However, I have never heard of a vole infestation where oleander grows. They even like trees and will kill them by girdling the tree.

Trapping them is simply an exercise in frustration. Between you and your next door neighbor, you probably have an infestation of 200-300 voles.

The poisons that you can buy on the market are hit or miss, as there are eight different species of destructive vole species that have been identified.

I'm 69 and the ONLY sure fire way I know of getting rid of voles is to hire a licensed exterminator. Unless they are already involved in exterminating local voles, the first thing they will do is come out and inspect your property, maybe even trap a couple of voles to identify which species they are dealing with.

They will then treat your property, and hopefully all of your neighbors who have the vole problem, with some serious poison with warfarin as one of the ingredients and a dessicant to dry out the body before it can get to the surface and expose other animals to the poison.

Don't bother trying to drown them, as they prefer a moist environment.

More than 50% of the time, one neighborhood application will work. Like anything else, if neighbors don't work together, you may finally chase them away from your property because you have poison down, but they will probably come back in a year or two.

I will pray that you don't have an insane critter lover in your neighborhood that starts to cry at the thought of killing all those pests.

My guess is that you live in an urban or suburban area that has seen drought conditions for the last 2-3 years.

Good luck and good hunting.

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3/19/15 1:05 P

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you could drown them

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We tried doing grub ex to get rid of their food supply and they still came, dog went crazy digging them up. that is how we got the picture above. We also had the lawn folks put down a chemical down to make them itch and make them go away but all they did was go over to the next door neighbors and now they are back to my lawn again. I put poison down (the peanut butter pellets) in their tunnels in my backyard away from where my dogs go to try to get rid of them, to no avail either. My front neighbor tried all last year to try to trap them to no avail either. Any advice? They are destroying our lawns!

P.s. that is red ink on the gloves not blood. We got to the vole before the dog did :)

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