Rodents raiding vegetable garden

Asked July 27, 2017, 3:15 PM EDT

We are having a rodent invasion in our vegetable garden, critters are literally lopping off plant starts. Our neighbor speculates that they are "mountain beavers" (Aplodontia rufa). Is there an effect control for this problem. There are holes in the ground all over the garden. I'm questioning whether it is worth round three of planting--or are we just feeding rodents?

Our professional pest control has placed rodent traps on our property (and in the garden), but we believe the traps are baited for Norway rats.

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1 Response

If you have holes in the garden that are about the size of a quarter, then they are most likely caused by voles (also called field mice). They use tunnels in our area and may use mole tunnels as well. They tend to cause the type of damage that you describe. Mountain Beavers (also known as Boomers) are quite a lot larger and would be coming from their burrows, which are usually on a bank or hillside. Their holes are several inches across. Some cutworms and also slugs will clip off your seedlings and leave them looking like they where bitten off.