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    Strange question... Need help.

    Ok so here's the deal.

    I'm mid renovation of my pool. The walls and floor have been lined with brick dust prior to vermiculite being done, hopefully that will be done on Tuesday 15th. Right where the brick dust and wooden pool walls meet, there's now 4 small holes. I've seen a toad sitting in one and a vole going into one of the others tonight.

    My question is, how do I get rid of the vole/s? One was removed about a month ago, I don't know if it's the same one back or another one. I have nothing but grass growing in my back yard. I've read that plants and veggies attract them but I have none...

    Please help... Thanks in advance.

    This is what the pool looks like right now... All the holes are on the right hand side of the pic.




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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Personally, I'd get my cammo on and take my BB gun out when they are most prolific and start target practicing. But that's just me!
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    lol Casey. I would but hubby wouldn't be too impressed with me. I just don't want them digging through the vermiculite and a brand new liner :-/


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Hey... My hubby gives me strange looks, a lot of raised eye brows and a few What the heck's! I just keep on keepin on. The more you kill now, the less you have to worry about when you drop the liner. I'm just sayin...
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Hubby doesn't even like the sound of using poison, so I know he's not going to let me use a BB gun on them. He hates killing anything. But yeah I'm definitely worried about the liner.


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Maybe a (solar powered*) ultrasonic mole repeller would work on voles?

    * Got a personal review on the solar powered and it gets a thumbs up, five star from BIL.
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    Borrow a cat? Lol.
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schroedz View Post
    Hubby doesn't even like the sound of using poison, so I know he's not going to let me use a BB gun on them. He hates killing anything. But yeah I'm definitely worried about the liner.


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Butterfly I was thinking about something like that. Thank you. Will go google it and see what I can find.

    PAGirl, we have two cats lol. One only catches flies and stink bugs and the other has already caught two voles, daughters boyfriend caught (by hand) and relocated another.


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Ship of fools... I know right? lol... I'm thinking of using peanut butter laced with poison pellets. From what I've read, they love PB.


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    I wonder if this stuff is any good. It got 4/5 star review on the Walmart site.

    http://repellex.com/shop/mole-and-go...7lbs-gran.html


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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schroedz View Post
    I wonder if this stuff is any good. It got 4/5 star review on the Walmart site.

    http://repellex.com/shop/mole-and-go...7lbs-gran.html


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    I used something similar this year for moles and it worked. Have to reapply about every two months though.
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Doglover3, thanks for the info. I'll be getting some asap.

    In the meantime, we were told by the guy repairing our pool, that they won't get through the vermiculite once it's done, I don't know how true that is, also he said to put steel wool in the hole before doing the vermiculite. As that would deter them too. I did read that on another website.


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    Strange question... Need help.

    Ok just to put an end to this problem.

    I put mouse poison in the holes and then the vermiculite was done. It's been a week and no signs of anything chewing/scratching it's way through the vermiculite. So I'd say it was a success. Yay!

    It's finally official... The liner gets dropped in tomorrow. I'm so freaking happy right now!!

    Here's how things stand today, they filled the gaps in the vermiculite that they'd left previously and of course, pics of the progress so far. Roll on tomorrow hehe...






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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Looks great!

    Can't wait to see pics with the new liner!
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Quote Originally Posted by nedchavez View Post
    Looks great!

    Can't wait to see pics with the new liner!
    Thank you Nedchavez. A lot of work has been done to it. Check out my reno thread, there's pics of the liner on it too http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...g-WV-With-Pics

    I'll be posting lots of pics tomorrow for sure lol
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Awesome! I was just gonna ask if you had any before pics. What a project!
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Quote Originally Posted by nedchavez View Post
    Awesome! I was just gonna ask if you had any before pics. What a project!
    Yes I have lots of before pics lol... It was an absolute mess... Will be glad when tomorrow is over and done with, so I can go
    Keep an eye on the reno thread because I'll be updating it as they go tomorrow
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    1 HP Haywood Dual Speed Super Pump (SP2607X102S).
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Very nice looking hole in the ground! Can't wait to see what it looks like all done.
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    Re: Strange question... Need help.

    Quote Originally Posted by joegus View Post
    Very nice looking hole in the ground! Can't wait to see what it looks like all done.
    lol thanks Joegus... It's been a mess since we moved in but for the last 9-10 months it's been worse! Glad it's almost over I'm excited about seeing the liner with & without water tomorrow...
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