Happily, I’ve not had much trouble with voles wreaking havoc in my five winter lettuce beds.
But I wasn’t surprised when I noticed some damage a week or so ago when I removed the covers after several days of cold temperatures.
I set a trap right away. (Regular mouse trap with peanut butter for bait and a pot on top to cover.) Caught a large vole immediately. Reset the trap.
Found another vole hole. Set another trap within less than a foot of the other.
No activity for a while.
When next I checked, the traps were sprung and the bait was gone.
For some reason I was short on time that evening and I didn’t have time to go back to the house, get bait, and then come back again.
I learned several years ago to never let that stop me from resetting traps. And yes, you’re understanding correctly. I reset empty (unbaited) traps.
Next day when I checked, I’d caught one.
Wouldn’t you know, I had forgotten to bring the peanut butter bait with me to the garden again. I reset the traps anyway.
Bingo! Caught two more!
If you get caught in the garden without bait for your traps, don’t let that stop you from resetting them.
If you don’t reset, you know for sure you won’t catch anything. If you do reset, you’ve got a chance.
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