We moved into a new construction early last fall, and now the spring is here, we are ready to do some landscaping. We can’t start, though, until we take care of the vole problem here in Idaho.
I’m well aware that the neighborhood we moved into is brand new, and used to be farm land, so we probably moved right into an area where voles already lived. I can’t imagine that an Idaho farmer would just let voles run rampant over the fields, so these fields must have just been sitting here, unfarmed, waiting to be sold, and the voles moved in. All the construction activity disturbed whatever nests they had, and they’re probably just running around, trying to find new safe areas to live. My yard will not be
one of those safe areas, because I refuse to have an Idaho vole problem.
We moved in early enough last fall that we had time to get the lawn seeded. I wanted to make sure we got a lawn in, that the grass would have time to get some good root system down before the snow started. Plus, I knew if we didn’t get the lawn in, we would be stuck with weeds when the spring came, and we wanted to make sure we could choke out most of the weeds before they became a real problem. So, we got the grass in, even though we had to finance that in with our mortgage.
When the snows melted, I was really upset to see that we had a vole problem here in Idaho. Our beautiful new lawn had long dead spots crossing all over it, and we found a couple of dead voles over by our basement windows. They had chewed holes in the mesh covering the windows. All that work that I’d put into getting a lawn in was nearly wasted. Dead voles, or live Idaho voles, for that matter, will just attract other animals, like raccoons or skunks. Plus, it is going to cost me a lot to get it fixed. But I’m going to get it fixed and get rid of those voles.
I don’t want to drop a lot of money on young trees and bushes and flowers if we have an Idaho vole problem. We need to get rid of the voles first, and repair the damage to the lawn before I’ll put in new landscaping. They’d just destroy the young roots of any plants we put in. It’s not like we have a lot of money to spare, but what we have, I’d rather use getting rid of the Idaho vole problem before we spend a penny on anything the voles would destroy.