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Moles type pest in the garden

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As the snow melts in the garden I can see that soomething has been tunnelling under the grass. Any idea what it can be and what I can do to encourage it to tunnel somewhere else?
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Re: Moles type pest in the garden

Had a similar problem, and many EFers came up with good advice:

Mice in Garden: Pet-Safe Pest Control?

I had great results with the Fritillaria bulbs last year - the mice seemed to have taken the hint. I planted more bulbs this last autumn, here's hoping I'll see similar results this spring.

Good luck!
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Re: Moles type pest in the garden

I think the thing is to know what it is that's eating your garden - are you sure it's mice?

In our old place we had a problem with field crickets - these are not the green chirpy type - they look more like beetles - but they create serious burrows and they like nothing better than eating grass roots which leaves big craters all over. I'm doubting that it's them in the winter.... don't they die or hibernate or something?? But just in case, I thought I should mention it as they are protected under law (so we were told anyway) and you're not allowed to kill the little beggars. We got someone round to take them and "re-home" them in the end.
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Re: Moles type pest in the garden

I think you are right the crickets won't be the cause, but interesting!
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Re: Moles type pest in the garden

Now where did you get the fritillaria bulbs?
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Re: Moles type pest in the garden

Most likely mice or moles, as they are active all year, and as the top soil thaws out, you will start to see evidence of them moving close to the surface (as I have also seen in my garden).
Some interesting ideas from Meloncollie's thread link, but in the short term try those ultra-sonic stick-in-the-ground mushroom type thingys. Landi has solar-powered (rechargeable batteries - need a couple of reasonably sunny days to get them going) ones for about CHF10 a piece (battery ones are also available, but couldn't say from where).
If you hammer a fence post (or similar) into the ground to make a good hole, and put them in deep enough, the sound shouldn't be heard by neighbours. Although they seem to work OK the Landi ones are cheap and cheerful in their manufacture. If the hole is too tight (calm down everyone), when you need to remove the device, the pointy plastic end cap can be left behind - glue or tape it prior to sticking in the ground, or make the hole wide enough, for ease of removal.
I have 2 at the moment - lack of sunny days means they sometimes don't work as they should, and it's a bit like dogs herding sheep, they just move the critters to another part of the garden.
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Now where did you get the fritillaria bulbs?
In the autumn you can find them in just about any garden center, including Coop and Hornbach. They will be with the other bulbs.

I'm not sure if you can find them in the spring, however. You might try a specialist garden center like Tann-Ruti (http://www.meier-ag.ch/cms/gartencen...anchor=1410004) and see if they can be ordered this time of year.

Fritillaria can also be ordered online from Samen-Mauser but they are listed as 'Herbstzweibeln', meaning autumn bulbs. Wouldn't hurt to ask if any are available now, though.

http://www.samen-mauser.ch/


Pretty flower and mouse repellent in one - what a bargain!
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