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Jul 13, 2012 09:31 PM

ideas to deter a vole?

I have an enclosed vegetable garden, that keeps deer, rabbits and groundhogs out. Voles can still get in, and it looks like some voles ate all the leaves and branches off my cherry pepper plant (left the peppers) and ate many of my carrot tops and spinach leaves.

Does anyone have a non-toxic, non-trap-based way to deter voles? I don't want to use Critter Ridder because this is a vegetable garden, and it's not supposed to be used near produce.

Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. My neighbor swears by putting JuicyFruit gum in their tunnels. I keep forgetting to buy it. Our biggest deterrent is our Jack Russell Terrorista, Pookie. She walks around listening over their tunnels then starts digging furiously, and usually comes up with one.

    Cheap Rental of Pookie available, also good entertainment.

    Also, if they are fast above the ground, GreyHound Khan is available. Low prey drive, he might just watch.

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    1. re: Nanzi

      Thanks for the ideas ;-)

      Seems I only can find sugar-free Juicyfruit where I live. Hope it works as well as the sugared version!

      Thanks for offering Pookie & GreyHound Khan's services. ;-)

    2. I used a combination of diluted laundry detergent and castor oil (can't remember the exact ratio, but you can look online) poured into the holes. It seemed to work, but I was not diligent and the voles returned.

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      1. Love these boards!!! I've never heard the word "vole" before and I've been around a long, long time. Thanks to you and to Google!

        1. Neighborhood lore here says liberal sprinkles of Gold Bond Extra Strength medicated powder in/around the tunnel.