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October 6, 2010

Mole, vole, or pocket gopher?

OK. It's getting serious.
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You remember I put out some caster beans as a preventative when I saw the mounds of garden soil slowly creeping further out into the garden. Now the mounds have gone past the carrots and our in the middle of the main garden. And I have to do something about this infestation. But the problem is, what critter is it. Moles, voles, and pocket gophers all live in tunnels.

The information I found is that moles leave round mounds connected by tunnels and they eat mainly worms. Voles or meadow mice ofter move into the tunnels and eat plants, often damaging bulbs or trees. Pocket gophers leave a C shaped mound with a round plug in the middle. So given that information, my problem is a mole, probably one or two and they have found the soil and earthwoms I have tried so hard to nurture.

Here is the tunnel.

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Now what to do? Since all I have at hand is the castor bean I"m going to pour a bunch into the hole and the mounds I just dug out and cover them back up while I study the myriad mole traps that are advertised on the web or try to find someone who can help me find the anti mole solution. I also think starting the tiller and going over the area of mole activity might be a deterrent. It's worth a try. Anybody out there have a sure fire cure?

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at October 6, 2010 8:05 AM
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