My wife and I live in upstate NY and for the first time last year had a
problem with some sort of underground pest. I've read that moles don't eat
roots, but these holes look just like mole tunnels. I have noticed that
there are quite a few chipmunks around, but I thought the holes would be
bigger. Will chipmunks take out a root system from underneath? What
happens is this: You notice the lilly leaves are starting to wilt -- when
you touch the plant, it just falls over. The root is completely gone, and
there's a tunnel under it.
I have been making wire baskets out of hardware cloth for this year's
plantings, but that's a LOT of work. I would much prefer to get rid of
whatever it is that is eating them. I think we might have voles and/or
shrews too, since we living in the woods. I've got an electric fence to
keep the deer away, but this is driving us crazy. Thanks for any help!
For the first time last year, my wife's flower garden had some sort of
underground pest eat about 30 lilly bulbs from the ground up. We are in
upstate NY, if that matters. There were little tunnels to each plant, and
the roots were just...gone. You could touch the plant and it would just
fall over. At first I thought it was moles, but then read that they don't
eat roots. I live in a wooded area, and see chipmunks running all over --
could they be doing this? My other thought was voles or shrews, both of
which I see once in a while. The tunnels are too small to be gophers.
My first question I guess is, what is doing it. My second question is how
do I stop it. I have started making wire baskets out of hardware cloth,
but that is very timeconsuming and I'm not sure how long they'd last buried
in the ground. I have also read that most of the repellents are only
temporary, and that the sonic posts don't work at all. I'm sure this
question has been answered a million times, but I couldn't come up with any
search terms for google that would tell me what could be eating the root
systems out from under the plants. Thanks for any info you can provide...
Agree with Cheryl in a similar post. Voles ( aka field mice).
Last winter was a bonus year for them, the ground hardly froze before mid
january and it was easy tunnelling underground to tasty starchy
tubers/bulbs, no need to worry about above-ground predators. Once the snow
fell, still no need to worry about above ground predators and all their
tunnels were then well insulated. Cheeky, greedy, blasted mini-rats.
Your best hope is that their population increase this year trends to a
spike in Weasel food. Weasels can be a good friend in times like this.
Sorry I can't recommend a fix.
This evening, I have a bear problem.
Sue in Maine
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