Victory over Voles

Q. I have a significant vole problem in my yard. In the past years, they
have destroyed roses, azaleas, and many of their favorite plants, my
hostas. It’s frustrating and costly. I’ve tried many “solutions” with
only limited success. Every year, I start the battle again, but they
always win by mid-summer.

Predator urine (I guess bobcat would be the pee of choice) seems like a
logical next step. I have a couple of questions about its use and would
greatly appreciate your advice before I order.

1. How much do I need to apply? Many of the areas I’d like to cover are
broad swaths with lots of plant material and mulch in between.

2. How often do I need to reapply? Half of the yard has an irrigation
system which we use as often as necessary to reach 1″ of rain each week.
Will this defeat the effectiveness of the product?

3. Aside from applying the urine, are there other steps that people have
taken to increase its overall effectiveness in controlling voles? A
bobcat adoption, perhaps?

4. Is the application of the bobcat urine likely to have any negative
behavioral effects on my three dogs?

I appreciate your advice and look forward to hearing back from you and
trying out your product (that is, the bobcats’ product.)

A. I would recommend our “Mole Blaster” combo. This includes both the
BobcatPee granules and a Spray Bottle of BobcatPee Liquid. The granules
can be sprinkled right on the ground in your beds. One jar will treat
about 200 sq ft. Use the spray bottle to squirt the down into the vole
holes and mix it into the loose soil. You will have to reapply weekly if
you are using that much irrigation. Dogs will be curious as always but
the pee is no more harmful than what they might sniff at their favorite
fire hydrant! The long term solution for voles is to break their
spring feeding habits by early application. Some people mix BobcatPee
into the soil in the fall when the they get their beds ready for winter.
Thanks for asking!
The Peeman

Invasion of the Feral Hogs

Q. We have an invasion of feral hogs in our subdivision and they are hitting our yards with vengence. We need (hopefully) some Mt. Lion pee to deter these bothersome hogs from our yard. I need to know what we should order. The granules or the liquid? The quicker the better. How long will this scent remain on the yard or in our flower beds?

A. Yes, since the mountain lion is a natural predator of the feral hog, mt. lion pee is the the correct choice. I would use the granules in the flower beds and the liquid to create a perimeter.

The Predator Urine concept is based upon the principal of duplicating the use of urine by animals in the wild. Predators mark the perimeter of their territory with urine helping prey like the feral hog tell whether an area is safe or dangerous. When using our ScentTags, place them into the ground every 10-12 feet around the designated area and saturate with the Mt. Lion Urine. Reapply every 7-10 days or immediately after rain. It is recommended that ScentTags be placed out of reach of sprinklers or irrigation systems. Each ScentTag will absorb about 1/2 oz of Pee, so you should get about 2 applications of 12 ScentTags (120-150 lineal feet) per 12oz bottle.

If you are using our 33 Day Dispensers, fill them to just below the holes with Mt. Lion Pee and hang every 10-12 feet from a tree or a free-standing stake. For feral hogs, be sure to place the Dispenser bottles at nose level. Refresh with urine once a month. Each dispenser hold about an ounce of Pee, so a 12oz bottle should be sufficient to fill 10 dispensers and protect 100 – 120 lineal foot perimeter for about a month. We do not recommend squirting the urine directly on plants or other living vegetation. Thanks for asking! The Peeman.