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Old 03.08.2015, 12:22
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Re: Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

Aren't some little furry animals who dig burrows and leave holes protected by law though?
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Re: Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

Moles are indeed protected in Germany, but not in CH. Other than that I'm not aware of any protected animals that dig in your garden.

meloncollie's description does indeed hint to a "Wühlmaus". Note that, after opening a hole, they usually close it again fairly soon (e.g. within a day).

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Newly opened hole:


Hole is closed again with a mixture of dirt and grass:
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Old 03.08.2015, 13:35
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Moles are indeed protected in Germany, but not in CH. Other than that I'm not aware of any protected animals that dig in your garden.
I wasn't sure.
Perhaps Meli could talk to them in Wuhlmaus language and tell them they'd safer if they moved into Germany.
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Re: Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

Interesting - my googling largely points to voles (Wühlmaus) as well.

Urs Max, your second pic looks very much like the holes I keep finding - except that the holes are definitely not closed up within a few days, unless I intervene. The holes I can't reach have been there for at least a month, open.

As a gardener and keeper of skinny-legged doglets, I am not liking what I am reading.

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I have hedgehogs in the garden as well as the occasional visiting fox. I won't do anything detrimental to these delightful friends.

Not to mention we back up onto a farm with sheep and cows.

I'd prefer peaceful co-existance with all and sundry, but I have to do something to make the garden safe for the dogs. Filling up each hole as it appears is a sisyphean task, but what else can I do?

(Oh how I miss Puddle-The-Poodle, mouser extraordinaire. He never actually caught a critter, but made such a show of patrolling that he likely convinced them that greener - and poodle free - pastures could be found elsewhere.)
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Perhaps Meli could talk to them in Wuhlmaus language and tell them they'd safer if they moved into Germany.


Yes, and tell them I could give them a ride next time I go to Germany.

But seriously, only moles are protected, not mice. There seem to be a lot of rodents around, I have seen holes in our lawn too. Or, whatever is left of it that monster paws jumping and playing have not destroyed yet......
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Meli, perhaps you could charm a Marten or a weazel. Just make sure all neighbors have garages for their cars.

Or get a cat. Or train your neighbors cats - though it might be enough if neighbors reduced their meal size.
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Or get a cat. Or train your neighbors cats - though it might be enough if neighbors reduced their meal size.
Unfortunately, according to Hooligan 'cat' is spelled s.n.a.c.k.

The word has gone out on the moggy grapevine, thus few felines cross our territory. Only one seriously ballsy neighborhood kitty does so regularly - and even he prefers to sit on the fence or on a tree limb while he gets his kicks winding Hooligan up.

The critter grapevine must work just as effectively. It often seems that half the mice, voles, and sundry other burrowers in Ausserschwyz have moved here, seeking a feline-free safe zone.


Cat is not an option. Unfortunately.
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Re: Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

From the description it is certainly not mice or moles. Are you near water? Voles, or possibly rats, sounds more likely.

If it were in my garden I would get an expert in for a definitive identification first.
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From the description it is certainly not mice or moles. Are you near water? Voles, or possibly rats, sounds more likely.

If it were in my garden I would get an expert in for a definitive identification first.
Not near a body of water, but this being rain-soaked Ausserschwyz the flat parts of garden are often swampy.

The area where the critters are burrowing is a slope, however - the one bit of the garden that generally stays dry.



Good point about finding an expert, as I really don't know what I am dealing with.
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Not near a body of water, but this being rain-soaked Ausserschwyz the flat parts of garden are often swampy.

The area where the critters are burrowing is a slope, however - the one bit of the garden that generally stays dry.

Good point about finding an expert, as I really don't know what I am dealing with.
That doesn't really rule anything out. They will want somewhere dry to nest.

Perhaps the Tier Park at Goldau may be able to advise
http://www.tierpark.ch/
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Re: Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

Cats seem to well fed & lazy these days. One was sat there earlier looking around but no dead bodies. I am thinking of setting up some signs.
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