[nafex] voles, screen, and rubber cement

hayner9 at cs.com hayner9 at cs.com
Wed Nov 7 13:07:27 EST 2001

I've been reading all the struggles with voles and other evil creatures, and 
would like to put in a piece.
We have horrific problems with the diggers- our yard looks like it's being 
plowed sometimes. I got a Jack Russel to get rid of them, but the solution 
was worse than the problem!
Current dog catches an occasional slow one, but for the most part they do 
what they want. 
So far, I've only found one thing that will stop them here- cat pee. 
Seriously. I have a row of espaliered apples along the edge of my kitchen 
garden between that and the pasture behind it, and it was acting like a 
highway for them. They were protected from the dog by the garden fence, they 
loved the rubber strips I had laid down as neat little paths, they appreciate 
any mulch that I put down as well. Finally, in desperation, I started 
emptying the litter box down the row of trees. Bingo!
They completely stopped coming in that way, and when they tried to leave the 
yard they wouldn't cross it either. They made a scallop pattern as they 
worked their way down the row of trees and kept bumping into the path of the 
So far it's been at least 3 months since we got rid of the cat, and still 
they have not crossed it. Anyway, it's worth a try!
z7, Virginia

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