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Saccopoo
04-18-2010, 06:12 PM
Yep. I said it. Voles.

They weren't really a problem prior to this spring as my cat had become particularly adroit at catching them, but he died this past December and I now have a full blown crisis on my hands. Tunnel holes are everywhere and I'm worrying about the garden. I'm not sure I want to set off sulfur gas bombs because of the proximity of the vole holes to the vegetable garden. Same thing with pellets.

Anyone ever have a vole problem and how did you effectively deal with it?

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:21 PM
The prairie vole is a notable animal model for sexual fidelity, since the male is usually faithful to the female, and shares in the raising of pups. (The woodland vole is also usually monogamous.) Another species from the same genus, the meadow vole, has promiscuously mating males, and scientists have changed adult male meadow voles' behavior to resemble that of prairie voles in experiments in which a single gene was introduced into the brain via a virus.

JD10367
04-18-2010, 06:21 PM
What the fuck is a vole? /citydweller

JD10367
04-18-2010, 06:22 PM
The prairie vole is a notable animal model for sexual fidelity, since the male is usually faithful to the female, and shares in the raising of pups. (The woodland vole is also usually monogamous.) Another species from the same genus, the meadow vole, has promiscuously mating males, and scientists have changed adult male meadow voles' behavior to resemble that of prairie voles in experiments in which a single gene was introduced into the brain via a virus.

Oh, shit. Great. Now women will figure out a way to do that to us!

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:23 PM
The average life of a vole is 3–6 months. Voles rarely live longer than 12 months. The longest lifespan of a vole ever recorded was 18 months

btlook1
04-18-2010, 06:25 PM
Ummm get another cat?

Saccopoo
04-18-2010, 06:25 PM
The prairie vole is a notable animal model for sexual fidelity, since the male is usually faithful to the female, and shares in the raising of pups. (The woodland vole is also usually monogamous.) Another species from the same genus, the meadow vole, has promiscuously mating males, and scientists have changed adult male meadow voles' behavior to resemble that of prairie voles in experiments in which a single gene was introduced into the brain via a virus.

I knew this. They have been used in numerous clinical research studies for brainwave activities and endorphins as it relates to mating and attraction.

I just want to know how to kill the little fuckers without screwing up my crops.

http://www.hiltonpond.org/images/VolePine01.jpg

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:26 PM
What the fuck is a vole? /citydweller

I had to google it. Apparently some sort of small rodent.

Saccopoo
04-18-2010, 06:28 PM
Ummm get another cat?

I've thought about it, but apparently, after some research, not all cats are adept at vole hunting, particularly hunting for the burrowing vole types. All I need would be another cat that couldn't catch the voles and just decided to kak up hairballs and rip into the couch.

JD10367
04-18-2010, 06:29 PM
I knew this. They have been used in numerous clinical research studies for brainwave activities and endorphins as it relates to mating and attraction.

I just want to know how to kill the little ****ers without screwing up my crops.

http://www.hiltonpond.org/images/VolePine01.jpg

Aww, they're cute! Sort of a mouse on steroids, LOL.

Get a BB gun, set up a lawn chair with a case of beer in a cooler, and have yourself a relaxing afternoon.

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:30 PM
I got to get into this dude's pelt and crawl around for a few days. Who's the voles's ally. His friends. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit.

Saccopoo
04-18-2010, 06:30 PM
Aww, they're cute! Sort of a mouse on steroids, LOL.

Get a BB gun, set up a lawn chair with a case of beer in a cooler, and have yourself a relaxing afternoon.

They are the burrowing type. Underground, so to speak. Dig up and under plants and chews them up. Very hard to shoot with a gun. I have used explosives in the past but that just sent them into the neighbors yard.

KCwolf
04-18-2010, 06:33 PM
thought he was going to bitch about Tennesee/Eric Berry pick :)

JD10367
04-18-2010, 06:34 PM
I got to get into this dude's pelt and crawl around for a few days. Who's the voles's ally. His friends. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit.

You want me to kill all the golfers?

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:35 PM
You want me to kill all the golfers?

We can do that; we don't even have to have a reason. All right, let's do the same thing, but with gophers!

AustinChief
04-18-2010, 06:49 PM
snakes, big ass snakes. oh and owls as well. maybe a ferret or two.

Miles
04-18-2010, 06:56 PM
I was thinking ferret as well. However, my thoughts on that comes from a sci-fi book from the 70's (The Mote in God's Eye) rather than actual experience.

KC Jones
04-18-2010, 10:49 PM
Poison is really your only choice here. You'll want to find their burrow holes and use secure bait stations so you don't kill off any friendly critters.

LaChapelle
04-23-2010, 12:05 AM
It was a sign from Tebow