Getting Rid Of Voles – Using Vole Repellent And How To Kill Voles
The following are some of the best ways to kill voles:
1) Use Castor Oil (Vinegar or Lye) For Killing Voles:
Castor oil kills voles because it contains a chemical called oleoresin capsicum (OC). OC is a compound found in castor beans which gives them their smell and taste. You can buy castor oil at any grocery store.
If you don’t have access to castor oil, you can use vinegar or lye. Both of these products contain sodium hydroxide and water. When mixed together they form a solution that will kill voles instantly. However, if the mixture is not completely dissolved in time, then it may take up to 24 hours before the voles die.
2) Use Vinegar Or Lye For Killing Voles:
You can also use vinegar or lye to kill voles. The problem with using either one of these methods is that they need to be diluted first. So you would have to soak your yard in both solutions for several days before you could expect results.
Also, since the chemicals used in these two methods are very toxic, you must wear protective clothing when handling either product.
3) Use Mothball For Killing Voles:
Mothball contains a chemical called paradichlorobenzene. This is what kills the voles. Since it takes quite a while for the voles to actually eat and digest the mothball, you would have to put several mothball everywhere in your yard and leave them there undisturbed for several weeks before you will actually see any results.
If you are going to use this method for killing voles, then it is recommended that you place the mothball in a small container like an old tuna can first so the voles don’t actually eat them.
4) Use Coffee Grounds For Killing Voles:
Voles love coffee grounds. If you are the type of person who likes to drink coffee every morning, then this may just be the best and most cost-effective way of getting rid of your vole problem.
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