A dilemma resolves itself

My dog was particularly interested in one spot in my flower border, sniffing with great interest every time we walked by. Then one day, my husband noticed some movement in the bed, right at the base of my Lonicera vine.


Five little voles were sitting there, quite unafraid. Once in a while, one of them would venture out of the bed, scuttling onto the lawn. I don’t believe that you should kill something just because you don’t want in your garden, but I also know that voles are destructive pests.

Here’s one of them, giving me the stink-eye.


They weren’t being particularly destructive – yet – but I had to do something. I decided to trap them and release them far away from my garden, but in a place where they would stand a chance – like a field.

Then, they disappeared. Suddenly. All of them. And I did not find any holes where they would have gone underground. So it looks like my problem solved itself, and I didn’t have to be mean about it.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to A dilemma resolves itself

  1. GardenPest says:

    So glad no extra effort on your part. Voles, grrrrrr. Here at the ranch we face a chubby paper wasp nest on the actual grill of our gas grill and a small secondary one of some sort on the lid underside.

    What to do? All comments welcomed.

    Am shying away from pesticides b/c how would we know if it would be safe to eat grilled foods, despite a post- pesticide application thorough grill cleaning. Oh yeah, and besides, I don’t use pesticides unless there is no other alternative.

    Has anyone used Safer Wasp Spray?


    • dirtynailz says:

      Apparently, if you hang up a fake wasp nest in the vicinity, the interlopers will be afraid and leave. I’ve seen them in the Gardener’s Supply catalog.


  2. Yes, we truly never have to be mean. I prefer to handle things like this with compassion. I’m so happy to hear that you choose that option!


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