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What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? #234019
Sep 16th, 2008 at 08:29 AM
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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 grin

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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen] #234182
Sep 16th, 2008 at 07:44 PM
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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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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: Thornius] #234195
Sep 17th, 2008 at 04:44 AM
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Info from UC Davis IPM
potato
Voles (Meadow Mice)

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

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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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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: Thornius] #234227
Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:32 AM
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too funny!!!

Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: papito] #234228
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so how do I get rid of them little devils???

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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen] #234321
Sep 17th, 2008 at 04:05 PM
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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......... devil


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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge] #234332
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the only way to get rid of them is....death. sorry


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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dhuber] #234364
Sep 17th, 2008 at 05:59 PM
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Theirs or Ours ?


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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge] #234368
Sep 17th, 2008 at 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by dodge
Theirs or Ours ?


haha haha haha

Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: ] #234457
Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:09 AM
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thanks for the input-how should I make their "end" come quickly?

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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: gardengreen] #234478
Sep 18th, 2008 at 04:25 PM
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They make a little trap that you set up in the yard. When they pass under it...whammy. shock I saw them at Menards last week.


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Re: What's eating my potatoes? and how do I get them to stop?? [Re: dodge] #234479
Sep 18th, 2008 at 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by dodge
Theirs or Ours ?





hahatheirs devil silly rspb


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