Vole Tales part Deux- or is it Trois?

Picture courtesy of Neighborhood Nature on Wordpress

Hm, I don't remember where we left off, it's been a traumatic day for me. I called pest control and they told me that poison is my only option. I just can't be responsible for that many deaths, not to mention the animals who will eat the dead, poisoned, voles and then die themselves. It's too much to take after watching my beloved cat Tommy die from eating a poisoned mouse when I was 14. The parents refused to take him to the vet.

The Plantskydd wasn't 100% effective. I can't say that it was entirely ineffective, though. I purchased two bags of topsoil this past Monday and filled in all of the vole holes in my yard, and some of the tunnels, and still didn't have enough dirt to patch everything. While some holes were reopened, before I was even done, not all of them were. So, success! However, a good portion of them were, thus the call to pest control. I realized during my meltdown in Meijer's, though, that I hadn't done the litter box contents down the holes yet. Having two cats, I have a steady supply of litter box contents. I then stopped at Menard's and purchased a large container of fox urine granules and hurried home.

Once I was home I fed said cats. While they were eating I took the bag of litter box leavings, clump-able litter is involved so it will be that much harder for the voles to clear the entrances to their tunnels again, and the canister of fox urine granules, and headed outside. I proceeded to pour a hefty portion of granules down each hole, followed by a good portion of cat litter and feces, and pulled the dirt back over the holes. It's all patched up out there now. This picture is from Monday.

My HOPE for this endeavor is that the voles will get disgusted and leave. After all, who wants predator waste in their foyer? Seriously. I don't, that's why I have a kiddy pool for a litter box now. It is wonderful! I haven't had to sweep litter off of the floor since I set it up. It cost $8 at Dollar General, and is made in the USA, so it's a win all the way around.

Next step is to call the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for advice, they kindly gave me a phone number to try. That is such a nice thing for them to do.

For your enjoyment, here is a video of Medjet on her first day of hunting. She didn't catch any voles but her form is wonderful. (I'm sorry about the jiggle, my tremors were active after all of the work of filling in the holes.)

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Comment by Phyllis on April 20, 2017 at 5:33pm

I just checked, two holes are open. Hopefully that means they are leaving. I'll plug those up tomorrow.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 20, 2017 at 11:19pm

I like the video

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 21, 2017 at 7:59am

R&L Take care of yourself.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on April 21, 2017 at 10:38am

I hope your plan works.  

the video is pure fun.  medjet is a warrior.  my knuckleheads are trying to catch a rabbit but while the girl is fast, she's not quite that fast.  

Comment by nanatehay on April 21, 2017 at 1:53pm

Isn't there some way to just kill them, but in a wholly positive, life-affirming manner?

Comment by Phyllis on April 21, 2017 at 3:14pm

Kosh, thanks!

Hi JMac. Safe and sound if a bit chilled right now.

FM, I was just outside doing the hole fills again and there were about half as many holes as last night, including one new one by the north fence. I found it when I was mowing today. 

nana, no. If there is I don't know what it is. I'm good with how this is going so far. Voles shouldn't stay in one place for very long, anyways. 

Comment by Phyllis on April 24, 2017 at 5:17pm

Whoa, the picture was edited to include a yellow arrow! That's a neat thing, use a picture from a link and all of the edits show up in your blog.

Comment by Phyllis on April 24, 2017 at 5:22pm

That's my voice at the beginning, I didn't realize I sounded like that. :) Weird phrasing. Here's the short version of Adso with his vole. He caught it because Medjet chased it to him. Oh, and the video on the phone I used is crap.

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