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Old 10-09-2021, 12:29 PM
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I noticed over the last month these holes along my side walk well I finally trapped one and there voles what is the best way to get rid of them.
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Old 10-09-2021, 12:52 PM
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Maybe try Trapping forum...Moles were a hot ticket item over there a while back,.....lol
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Old 10-09-2021, 02:32 PM
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Once you get the knack, easy to trap, those round plastic ones work really well. I flatten the hills to find the most recent one and then use a narrow garden trowel to find the tunnel.

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Old 10-09-2021, 05:14 PM
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Once you get the knack, easy to trap, those round plastic ones work really well. I flatten the hills to find the most recent one and then use a narrow garden trowel to find the tunnel.

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Voles and pocket gophers (moles) are different critters
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Old 10-09-2021, 06:16 PM
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there is a product called "the Giant Destroyer" funny name but it works like right now. It is a tubular gas bomb about 1" diameter and 4-5" long. I had about 10 vole holes along sidewalk. Plug them all with rags , gravel whatever except for one . Make sure you have the last hole poked out good with a bar , screw driver or whatever so the gas bomb will basically drop in. Light the sucker and get her in FAST the fuse burns like lightning. Have a pail of dirt , gravel to cover hole and step on it to pack. Every vole is dead in a matter of one minute.
Available at Home Hardware , probably Crappy Tire and others also.
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Old 10-09-2021, 07:07 PM
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The Destroyer works but not on all holes, some go straight down. I also use regular mouse traps, drill a small hole in the trap and push a nail into the ground so they don't drag the trap away.
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Old 10-09-2021, 07:09 PM
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Put out some yummy bait and sit quietly with a pellet gun. I got six this summer
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Put out some yummy bait and sit quietly with a pellet gun. I got six this summer
Sounds like fun, what do ou use for bait?
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there is a product called "the Giant Destroyer" funny name but it works like right now. It is a tubular gas bomb about 1" diameter and 4-5" long. I had about 10 vole holes along sidewalk. Plug them all with rags , gravel whatever except for one . Make sure you have the last hole poked out good with a bar , screw driver or whatever so the gas bomb will basically drop in. Light the sucker and get her in FAST the fuse burns like lightning. Have a pail of dirt , gravel to cover hole and step on it to pack. Every vole is dead in a matter of one minute.
Available at Home Hardware , probably Crappy Tire and others also.
This has been the only effective vole strategy at my house. We put traps on surface but that doesn't stop the lawn destruction. I hit the destroyers hard right until freeze and it mitigates the winter damage. Fun to use too.
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Old 10-10-2021, 10:03 AM
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Voles and pocket gophers (moles) are different critters
I think a lot of us use the terms interchangeably. I know it's sloppy.

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Sounds like fun, what do ou use for bait?
Fresh picked clover and a couple of mountain ash berries. Works every time.
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Old 10-10-2021, 11:39 AM
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Voles like fruit. Get a few Victor old school 99cent traps. Place piece of apple on pan and set near open holes. You will have meat in them in the morning.
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Old 10-10-2021, 11:56 AM
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When I was having vole problems I dealt with them in a few ways, first I cut the grass very short, if you donít your lawn will look like a maze in the spring. Second I ended up catching them using a funnel as bait outside can be tricky as they have their food all over. I put a length of 2x4 along side either side of the house and put those victor traps with the yellow tab rather than the little metal bait holder, put those on either side of the house and in about 2 weeks caught 15-20 of them. After that no more vole problem.
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Old 10-11-2021, 01:10 AM
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I tried trapping them myself, no luck..

Tried the smoke bombs after sealing off the entry holes, no luck..

Finally had to call in a trapper off kijiji as our back yard was destroyed over a winter and spring. Prob cost be almost 500 bucks from repeated trips but finally got them all and no issues since spring.
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:39 AM
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Once you find the holes plug them all and wait for a new hole to appear, set up traps around that hole and by morning your traps are full.
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:11 PM
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I have a big problem too. I bought a bunch of victor mouse traps, half of them disappeared and the rest had no bait (peanut butter) no voles.
I suspect the neigbour's dog but I could be wrong.
What size traps should I buy? I'd like to try that 2x4 system. BTW I have hired a guy to come and catch them but he said he has lost 2 traps. Coyotes? I live in the country.
I need some help.
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:23 AM
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Destroyer gas bombs...simple.
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Old 10-17-2021, 11:01 AM
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Densa Voles do not like peanut butter, they like fruit, place small peace of apple on Victor trap pan. Neighbour dog will not eat your traps and you will have voles for supper.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:32 PM
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I used the gas bombs and no holes have appeared in a few days now.
Fingers crossed
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:37 PM
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I used to hear about those bombs too and I'd be willing to try anything. Let us know if they worked.
THX.
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