Gardening Articles: Care :: Pests & Problems
Vole Control Bait Station
by Charlie Nardozzi
With the onset of falls cool weather, animals are making plans to overwinter in your yard. Voles are one of the main rodents that love to hang around and feed. There are many species. Some will tunnel underground to feed on plant roots and bulbs. Others will stay near the surface to feed on shrub and tree bark and grass roots. Whatever the type, voles can wreak havoc on your plants.
There is a new product that will bait and trap them to reduce their numbers while being safe for other animals. The Vole Control Bait Station contains a fruit-based poison bait that the voles love to eat. It can be set up as a tent station among your plants to control aboveground voles, or as a mulch station, buried under mulch to control belowground voles. The station is designed to attract only voles, and the poison bait is kept hidden and dry so children and other animals cant reach it. Simply set up the station in an area where voles are active and check every few days to see if the bait has been taken or eaten. Keep replacing the bait until no activity is noticed, then move the bait station to another hot spot. It may take four to six weeks to control the voles in an area. One station controls voles in about a 1,200-square-foot area.
For more information on the Vole Control Bait Station, go to: Vole Control.