[NAFEX] No voles here

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sun Apr 25 19:19:33 EDT 2010


Sometimes young fruit trees die suddenly when previously they were
doing fine.  I never thought of voles until today.  If another one
dies I'll dig it up and examine the roots to see what was happening. 
I'm even more determined to wage war on my voles.

---- Original Message ----
From: phainopepla at yahoo.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] No voles here
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:35:27 -0700 (PDT)

>I think that is an interesting theory about voles eating the roots of
>young trees and should probably be looked into by someone.  What I
>see on black raspberry plants here is not the voles chewing on the
>canes so much as eating the roots, particularly the large roots near
>the crown of the plant.  I will very often see a vole hole within 3
>or 4 inches of the crown of the plant.  If the plant is weak and I
>investigate further I almost invariably find that most or all of the
>large roots eminating from the crown have been completely chewed off.
> Incidentally I think this would be less of a problem in red
>raspberries because the roots produce suckers which will send up new
>shoots if cutoff from the original crown.
>
>Michael 
>
>
>Michael Dossett
>Corvallis, Oregon
>www.Mdossettphoto.com
>phainopepla at yahoo.com
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>--- On Sun, 4/25/10, Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com> wrote:
>
>> From: Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] No voles here
>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010, 1:55 PM
>> There are prairie voles in
>> Nebraska.  Since you are in a city there
>> could be few voles or none where you are.  I'm
>> wondering if young
>> fruit trees die because voles are eating the roots? 
>> I'll betcha. 
>> This could explain unexplained and sudden deaths of smaller
>> trees. 
>> You don't often see voles but shrews are commonly seen on
>> the ground.
>> Garter snakes are completely harmless to have around your
>> yard. 
>> Maybe they eat baby voles.
>> 
>> ---- Original Message ----
>> From: billg at inebraska.com
>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] No voles here
>> Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:30:44 -0500
>> 
>> >
>> >>     I don't have any voles.
>> >
>> >
>> >I was wondering about this, too. I THINK there are
>> voles in Nebraska,
>> >
>> >but I've never had any problem with them. I've got
>> mulch everywhere,
>> >and 
>> >much of it is leaves and straw (along with wood chips),
>> which is 
>> >probably ideal habitat for rodents, don't you think?
>> And I don't have
>> >
>> >any dogs or cats (the electric wire to keep squirrels
>> out of my fruit
>> >
>> >trees does a pretty good job on stray cats, too, I
>> suspect).
>> >
>> >However, my yard is absolutely crawling (if you'll
>> excuse the 
>> >expression) with garter snakes. They spend the winter
>> under my old, 
>> >detached garage, which has huge cracks in the concrete
>> floor. This
>> >time 
>> >of year, I can rarely work in the yard without seeing
>> snakes. They
>> >are 
>> >nothing but garter snakes (I'd like to get bull snakes
>> sometime), but
>> >
>> >they'd probably take young voles, at least.
>> >
>> >I'm in town, so maybe that's the reason? Are voles more
>> of a rural 
>> >problem? I still wrap my young trees in the winter, but
>> I haven't
>> >seen 
>> >any damage on bushes - not even on currants, which
>> someone here said
>> >are 
>> >very attractive to voles.
>> >
>> >Just curious...
>> >
>> >Bill
>> >Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
>> >
>> >http://garthright.blogspot.com/
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