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#234019 - 09/16/2008 05:29 PM What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop??
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I was digging up my potatoes and the red skinned potatoes where fine. I started digging up the brown skinned (Burbank's or something like that) and there were gnawing marks on many of them. It didn't look like it was from an insect, it looked like it was from a rodent. I was bewildered as I have grown potatoes for many years and had never seen that before. Also, why just the brown skinned and not the reds? Also, although this is not a pest problem, most of my brown skinned potatoes were fused together-sometimes as many as six or eight potatoes-made for lots of interesting shapes

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#234182 - 09/17/2008 04:44 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen]
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"I have NO idea WHAT could be eating your potatoes ', Thorn says, as he quickly hides his sour cream and chives and bottle of bacon bits.
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#234195 - 09/17/2008 01:44 PM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: Thornius]
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Info from UC Davis IPM
Potato
Voles (Meadow Mice)

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r607600111.html

 Quote:
DAMAGE

Voles move into potato fields when infested grain or alfalfa fields are harvested, usually in August or September, burrowing into hills for shelter and to feed on tubers. Their feeding damages tubers directly and their burrows may expose tubers to sunlight or freezing temperatures, causing additional losses. Damaged tubers have gnaw marks about 0.12 inch (3mm) wide and 0.36 inch (9 mm) long at various angles. Damage may also be caused by predators that dig into potato hills in search of voles. If vole populations are high at harvest, they may be carried into storage, where they will continue to feed on tubers and also contaminate the crop.
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#234227 - 09/17/2008 04:32 PM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: Thornius]
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too funny!!!

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#234228 - 09/17/2008 04:33 PM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: papito]
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so how do I get rid of them little devils???

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#234321 - 09/18/2008 01:05 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen]
dodge Online   content
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I have moles , dont know what is a vole.......They are digging holes all around my house.........Guess I won't need to cultivate this spring...

My cats got a few of them.........
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#234332 - 09/18/2008 01:57 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge]
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the only way to get rid of them is....death. sorry
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#234364 - 09/18/2008 02:59 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dhuber]
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Theirs or Ours ?
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#234368 - 09/18/2008 03:01 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge]
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 Originally Posted By: dodge
Theirs or Ours ?



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#234457 - 09/18/2008 07:09 PM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: ]
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thanks for the input-how should I make their "end" come quickly?

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#234478 - 09/19/2008 01:25 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen]
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They make a little trap that you set up in the yard. When they pass under it...whammy. I saw them at Menards last week.
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#234479 - 09/19/2008 01:26 AM Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge]
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 Originally Posted By: dodge
Theirs or Ours ?





theirs silly
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