On my lower garden (located by the walk out level), there are 3 patches of...

Asked September 5, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

On my lower garden (located by the walk out level), there are 3 patches of hostas (out of 12 patches) that appear to be wilting/dying. They are watered daily. There are holes by this patch of hostas. Do I have voles? If so, what is the best way to eradicate them?

Hennepin County Minnesota hostas

1 Response

It's possible that vole damage accounts for the dying hostas. (Note the comments in this news story: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/cce/news/news29371.html .)

If voles are the culprits, most of the hosta root systems will be missing. If the plants are dying there's no harm in checking to see if this is the case.

Voles are easy to catch with snap traps baited with apple. However. it's important to conceal the traps to avoid harming non-target animals. Hiding the traps under hosta leaves might be sufficient. Otherwise, use the methods recommended in the following bulletin:

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g887/build/#target8