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.