Although I've never really believed in it, I've been treating my plants for a few years with homeopathic remedies. I never had much success with voles and slugs in my garden because they both thrive so well there among my plants. An apple tree, a lovely rose more than 60 years old, a kiwi, countless lettuce, chard, beans, lovage bushes and numerous vegetables have all fallen prey to the rodents and slugs. Finally I resorted to poison although I was sorry for the animals and I felt distaste for the plants because of all the poison in the soil. Then last year while looking for alternatives, I heard of "Arvicolinae (rodents)" and "Helix tosta" in one of your bulletins. I ordered the remedies but to start with there was little effect.
This year I poured some "Arvicolinae (rodents) D6" neat, just a few millilitres, into each of their burrows. They disappeared!!!! Every four weeks I pour a few drops into the places where their burrows were. They've truly gone. I can't quite believe it. But a fact is a fact. Even my doubting neighbour took a few ml to try himself. They've disappeared from his place too. I've found that the remedy does not work when diluted. But I don't care. I'll keep on using it neat for the time being and hope that the sweet little things will carry on their painstaking work in somebody else's garden.
This year I began using "Helix tosta D6" and there too I've had good results. The biggest success was the attempt to protect my iceberg lettuce, which are located next to the "slug hole", a concrete trough in my allotment garden – no-one really knows what it's good for, but I use it to park the water barrels next to the terrace. It's always damp and it's a major breeding ground for slugs. Right next to that I put my trial veggie bed for lettuce this year. I took the risk of planting my surplus seedlings there. I then watered them with diluted Helix tosta, half a teaspoon in 10 litres of water. I deliberately left out two plants – and they were duly stripped bare. The others (around 20) are still alive and doing just fine. So from now on I'll be watering and re-watering my young plants with Helix tosta. And I'll carry on experimenting. Next in line are my cherry and apple trees.
Ishild Kröger, Cologne, 2013
Vole 6 D A gardener from Bavaria succeeded in evicting these rodents with the Homeoplant rodent
nosode. An initial attempt at treatment with surface spraying had no
effect. Only when he watered directly into the freshly dug tunnels – once per
tunnel – and then immediately resealed the tunnels, was he able to observe how
the rodents became progressively less active over a period of 2-3 weeks with
weekly treatment, until finally they had completely disappeared.
A further attempt in the autumn of 2012 on another plot of land had no apparent
effect on the voles.
Other users have reported that sometimes the voles abandoned the treated
tunnels. Since the effect of the remedy does not persist in the earth, they