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Vole problem around our plants

My husband and I started using Jungle Flora this year according to directions which meant fertilizing with the product every 2 weeks for 6 weeks and then fertilizing monthly until Fall. We stopped fertilizing mid-August (we live in the Portland, Oregan area) and about 2 weeks later we noticed small holes in the soil and that the plants seem to be ‘standing still’. After doing some research it appears that we have voles. Since we have lived at this home for 7 years and have never noticed these holes or vole activity before, we’re wondering why this product seems to have drawn voles as they have only appeared where JF was used and not where it hasn’t been used. I can understand that by using JF, root formation has increased in response to the fertilizer, so maybe because the root systems are larger it drew voles to these new, abundant roots. But I would also think that by using a product that has predator fecal material in it, it would chase small critters away. We also cannot find any poison for voles and amazingly we are told by the garden centers in our area that “we” don’t usually have vole problems (yet, according to various web-sites on voles, this area has both above-ground and below-ground voles and as plentiful as moles). Do you have any answers as to JP usage and vole activity?

We appreciate your time and hopefully you can tell us if JP actually kept the voles away while we were using it due to predator odors or what could have possibly have now drawn voles to these areas. Thanks again! Deatra

One Response to “Vole problem around our plants”

  1. Karen says:

    Deatra,

    So glad the Jungle Flora has worked out for you.

    As you know, Jungle Flora adds beneficial bacteria to your soil and promotes earthworm activity, as well as promoting plant and root growth. So, it’s impossible to rule out that the great health of your plants did invite the pests. Voles, also called meadow mice, look very similar to gray mice. They do like to graze on vegetation, including grasses, herbaceous plants, seeds, flowers, leaves, roots of shrubs and small trees, bark, tubers, bulbs, and sometimes insects. In the summer they prefer green vegetation but switch to grains and seeds in the fall. You can use a hot pepper, capsaicin, applied in the late fall and again in winter when weather permits.
    You can also use mouse traps in runs flush with the ground, with peanut butter, oatmeal or apple slices for bait.

    Another similar critter that could be infesting your newly improved soil is the shrew. It looks a lot like a field mouse except it has a long snout, like a mole. Its habits are similar to the vole but it likes to eat things like crickets, spiders, earthworms, slugs and centipedes. Because of what they like to eat, shrews are actually considered beneficial, so you can live-trap them and relocate to another location.

    Happy Gardening!

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