The stupid critters are taking over my yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is there a pied piper available?
The abundance of yard rodents is destroying my yard. Voles are going through the iris beds like they own the place. They have destroyed 2 clumps of Paradise by digging out underneath and eating whole rhizomes leaving nothing but the crowns which can fall over. They've ruined a substantial section of Eye Bright as well. I am going through the beds, shoving soil back underneath other irises and punching smelly dryer sheets into their tunnels hoping this will deter them. I'd rather have borers!
In the back yard I had to dig up an iris bed in which chipmunks tried to make themselves at home. I actually found some kind of a nest of leaves and fine debris in the dirt. The irises have been replanted. The chipmunks keep UNplanting them as I return to find them dug out again. It is insanity!
This is war! Poison is out! A. I have a well. B. A poisoned rodent will kill the hawk that fetches it. There are small Have-a-Heart traps for voles and chipmunks. Three are on order for me at a local Agway. According to the internet, the bait to use is peanut butter laced with oatmeal. These had better work!
After some much needed rain, which set off the traps, they were put out again yesterday. This time a shelled peanut was added to the peanut butter. At this point I realized something has been tunneling in the butterfly garden. Most likely a chipmunk has eaten and destroyed the root system of a brand new perennial, Prairie Sun, which is related to Brown Eyed Susans. The whole plant has been severed from the ground at its crown. It put out a most cheerfully lovely bouquet of yellow blooms that lasted for a very long time. I loved this completely while looking forward to more of its beauty again next year. Absolutely not happy about this! A trap was left here. .......... This AM, the trap was on its side. It had been sprung. The door flaps were completely open. The peanut butter and peanut were completely cleaned out. So I know that the bait worked. It will be necessary to brace the trap with some plant stakes from now on. One of the vole traps was also sprung with the bait intact. The release is very sensitive. There's been a bit of digging in front of it. It's reset. .................... There was more/fresh damage in the iris bed yesterday. I desperately shoved a ton of new stinking dryer sheets into that bed. This is NUTS!