Are There Plants Resistant, Repellent Or Toxic To Voles

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If a plant has roots that are deemed to be toxic or poisonous to humans and domestic animals, can
we assume voles would suffer the same ill effects? I am attempting to construct a list of plants that would be
immune to vole damage. Thank you. Diana


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Diana-This is a great question. Plants that would be toxic to domestic animals would most likely be harmful to a vole also. Although some plants considered toxic may not have parts that are toxic such as roots or bark that would be toxic to the vole. The hellebore and castor bean has been known to kill voles with their high toxicity. Researchers at Cornell University found that some types of Allium ornamental onion species, arum, daffodils (all narcissus are highly resistant), and grape hyacinths keep voles away. As you know voles can be exstremely distructive. Unfortunately some plants that may be toxic to the vole may not be immune to damage. Only after munching on the roots or foliage will they succumb to the poisonous plant.

After some research I haven't found a large number of plants the vole won't damage or kill. In my opinion, in an area infested with moles or voles a few resistant plants located in a nice garden or landscape may not deter these little critters from doing a fair amount of damage. Many times the vole will tunnel around or under a plant not interested in eating the roots but creating air pockets throughout the roots which still can damage or kill a plant. Other means such as trapping or short fencing (most voles are lousy climbers) set deep in the ground appears to be the best solution for keeping them out.

I noted below some other plants I found some have had success growing without being damaged by voles. There is no research I found substantiating these plants ability to deter the vole but some found them to be left free of damage in areas infested.

Salvia
Hellebore
Ornamental grasses
Coleus
Iris
Elephant Ears

Hopefully this has helped.

John)



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Answer #3 · Joann N/a's Answer · We're talking voles, not moles. And since moles live underground, I don't think a cat could catch one.)


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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
From the Missouri Botanical Gardens: "A sure-fire vole weapon is a garden cat - cats are very successful at catching voles.

I haven't ever had a vole problem but my cat keeps the house and the crawlspace free of roof rats and mice:-)

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Cats can definitely kill voles and I have known cats to get moles at times. I had a cat that would wait near their pile of the dirt they push out from their tunneling and grab them. Most moles I have had tunnel just below the surface of the ground. An adult cat can hear the moles beneath the surface and will dig into the tunnel waiting for the mole to move through or push dirt into the opening to cover it. A good hunter like my Alex was real trouble for some of the moles but most cats won't have the patience he had.

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Answer #2 · Joann N/a's Answer · Voles have eaten my iris, salvia, and ornamental grasses.)


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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Thank you Joann. There doesn't seem to be many plants voles won't munch on especially when food is scarce. This will help others decide on whether to plant these plants if a problem with voles exists. Thanks again for your additional answer.

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If there were a serious mole infestation in my yard I would consider getting a cat.

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