I've been warring with gophers. Today, I caught my first one in a trap.
There's finess involved in placing the trap, and knowledge of how gophers do
their tunnels. And those little traps would surely be nasty to get caught
in accidentally. Will try it again on one in the front yard that has a big
excavation underway under the creeping mulberry. I think the cooler weather
has brought them out more.
They are cute little guys, but boy do they cause damage.
I have moles from time to time. I've used those mole smokers, and
surprisingly they seem to work well. I don't know if it killed them or just
drove them off, but the end result was no more moles. And yes, they can do
some serious damage, especially when they push up in the middle of a young
I though of poison pellets, but their burrows were too close to my well. One
of them actually broke out in my head pipe housing and filled it with dirt.
About that time I start thinking of dynamite....
I quit using the xylitol sweetened gum, as last time I put two in the
tunnel, he brought them up and spit them on the surface without a tooth mark
on them. Good thing the dogs didn't find them, as they are poisonous to
That is a big consideration to pets, as some farmers/ranchers have different
attitudes towards pets than other people.
I built a propane/oxygen/stun gun igniter system similar to the Rodenator at
www.rodenator.com Mine was one tenth the cost. You do have to be careful
when blasting near pipes, buildings, water pipes, or dry grass.
When I caught that one today, I actually admired the little creature for all
the dirt he had moved.
I have two traps set now for another set of big mounds in the front yard. A
friend of mine told me about a type of guillotine trap that I will look for
next trip to the feed store.
Ah. Life on the farm/ranch...................
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