I am having trouble with mice ( Deer mice I think), in and around my garden. it started in the summer. At that time I thought I also had a problem with pocket gophers as well and determined that winter would be the best time to address the issue.
I found a pro who traps gophers and moles and he thought maybe I have moles. He comes once a week to check his mole traps.
It looked like the mole holes have been being used by voles and I began attempts to trap them with peanut butter-baited mouse traps. I have caught 9 mice ( deer mice I think; their tails are sharply bicolored - white below, dark above, and they are the right size ). and no voles. The ground in and around my garden is riddled with holes. In 30 years I have never seen anything like this. They ate the bean seedlings and are nibbling up the chard. Though I have had some success trapping them I think their numbers are far beyond my abilities.
Is there any poison I can use that would not harm pets ( a cat ), or other wild animals?
In the last Extension newspaper Christy Tanner wrote about zinc phosphide for voles. Would this be a good choice for mice? Is it safe to use around the cat and the wild animals, also sheep that I have ( though it is quite unlikely that I would need to use it or anything in the sheep pasture ),
Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
Benton County Oregon
They're mice. Long skinny tail. I have seen a lot of voles . I had 2 dead ones sitting on my desk as i wrote the question, next to my mammal ID book. I measured the tail and body as I was researching the specie.
I am not good at taking pictures in the modern way but I will try when I catch the next ones.
If you could consider the possibility that I am correct, is the answer still the same?