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The water vole causes considerable damage in the garden because it tunnels under beds to gnaw the roots of ornamental and useful plants. Even the environmentally conscious gardener wants to put a stop to this hustle and bustle. However, he does not sentence the vermin to death. Read here how to fight the voracious burrowers without poison.

Water voles are very sensitive to smells

Send into exile with gas - this is how it works

In ecologically managed gardens, people are increasingly turning away from the use of toxic substances. This applies equally to crop protection and pest control. This trend prompted the industry to deliberately develop non-toxic methods to scare off uninvited guests instead of killing them. With the innovative vole gas based on vegetable lavadin oil, there is a good chance that the rodents will flee. That is how it goes:

  • Open the gas cartridge and slide it into the water vole passage
  • Ignite the fuse
  • Immediately close the corridor so that the gas does not escape

As a result of the smoke development, the unpleasant smell for the voles settles on the walls of the corridors. The animals will then leave your garden to look for other food sources.

Chasing the Devil with Smells - Tips & Tricks

In a similar vein to vole gas, proven home remedies aim for control. The following smells will drive water voles away never to be seen again:

  • Pour manure from spruce and thuja branches into the aisles
  • Soak cloths in turpentine or vinegar essence and stuff them in the aisles
  • Mix animal and human hair with walnut leaves and put in

The ultimate in water vole deterrence is butyric acid. Anyone who has ever been attacked by rascals with a stink bomb knows the infernal smell. Since extreme caution is required when using it in order not to become a victim of this strategy yourself, we only recommend the use of butyric acid in extreme emergencies.


The burrows of water voles and the strictly protected moles look confusingly similar. Use the rooting method to determine who is really undermining the garden. To do this, you dig up the suspicious corridor at various points. If the holes close again within 6 hours, you are dealing with a water vole. A mole does not close the holes at all or only after a few days.

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