(House) remedies against voles

There are many remedies against voles, but what helps to drive away voles permanently? As soon as the garden friend has identified the vole responsible for the garden’s damage, he is already looking for a tried and tested (home) remedy. A whole range of supposedly effective methods promises help against voles, ranging from smells or noise to certain plants supposed to help and drive the voles away. We have put together the most common tips against voles for you:

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What helps against voles?

First of all, it should be ensured that the garden destroyer is a vole and not a mole. It is allowed to drive away or fight a vole, but the mole is protected by law. Vole or Mole?

There are several home remedies for voles that are designed to help:

  • Allegedly, certain plants should help against voles. Among other things, plants such as narcissus, sweet clover, grape hyacinth, the imperial crown, onion, garlic or what is known as milkweed are ascribed a protective property. Even if these plants do not actively drive voles away, they are not on the preferred menu. The plants mentioned against voles can also be used as intermediate cultures.
  • The targeted use of odour should also be an effective means of combating voles. Since the vole is naturally equipped with a beautiful nose, parts of plants such as thuja, spruce or elder branches, leaves of walnuts or camphor should help against voles and drive them away. Fish waste and human or animal hair from dogs or cats have also attributed the property of moving away from a vole. The same is said to be true of mothballs.
  • Elder manure: Put about one kilo of fresh elder leaves with 10 litres of water. Let the brew ferment for two weeks in a closed vessel, occasionally stirring, if possible, at room temperature. Ideally outdoors, but not near the garden. The liquid manure is then poured directly into the voles’ tunnels without straining.
  • Recipe for thuja/spruce manure: Put about one kilo of chopped up thuja and spruce branches in 20 litres of water – after the components have been scalded with boiling water beforehand.
  • Volcano’s favourite food includes root vegetables, roses and berries, especially Jerusalem artichoke, a potato-like tuber. If you want to drive away voles, it may be worth planting the tuber as bait outside your garden – for example, in an open field nearby.
  • This does not drive away a vole, but it does protect the beautiful plants: wire mesh baskets defend the roots of roses, lilies, bulbous plants or fruit trees. Such plant protection baskets are pre-assembled in different sizes and available as wire root balling and inserted into the ground during the planting process. In this way, all plants are safe from vole teeth for a lifetime. Important: The wire must not be wrapped too tightly around the root area, incredibly bare roots.
  • An effective remedy against voles is the promotion of natural enemies: birds of prey such as owls, hawks or vultures, but also weasels, ermines, and cats hunt and eat voles. The establishment of perches/crutches for birds of prey or the establishment of piles of wood for weasels are only two measures on which the forestry office can advise.

Driving voles away is a complex matter. If the above remedies and plants do not help against voles, you can try combat voles. However, many of the products offered on the Internet do not provide any help against voles, so that, for reasons of time and costs, it is best to use a professional vole control right away.