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    we have been overrun. in the garden, the orchard, the lawns.

    they've been tearing up my newly graded, tilled, and seeded front lawn, revelling in the irrigated dirt. that tears it!

    a few ounces of diesel into a tunnel, weedburner applied...smoke rising out of cracks in the ground 30' away...

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    bomb!
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Iím assuming gophers?

    What you need is a mastiff and a few nasty cats. When we moved here, I was trapping every day. Which, if you trap, put a trap in BOTH tunnelsÖ

    I donít even know where my traps are, now. I did just find a corpse on the lawn near the one mound, though.

    Savage little rats, they are. The only cute thing about them is that they really do pull plants into the ground like in the cartoons.

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    we had a mole rearranging new plants. Didn’t eat them just moved them 6” or so.

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    The "Varmint Cong".
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    Got a cure for groundhogs? Ours have proven smarter than the traps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    we have been overrun. in the garden, the orchard, the lawns.

    they've been tearing up my newly graded, tilled, and seeded front lawn, revelling in the irrigated dirt. that tears it!

    a few ounces of diesel into a tunnel, weedburner applied...smoke rising out of cracks in the ground 30' away...

    A3DAAE0C-BBA5-4764-8370-7FDFF5F514AA.jpg
    Probably ought to move that fuel container...

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    Don't be this guy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I’m assuming gophers?...
    we have multiple species, but the biggest culprits are "giant moles." we also have regular size moles, with smaller holes. and ground squirrels, california immigrants that make big messes. shrews, mice, rats. the actual gophers are out in the pastures making ankle-breakers.

    but norma calls them all "goofers". it's a good catch all.

    and norma is the one who has been waging war on the goofers. traps, poison, pounding on their tunnels with a sledgehammer while doing a war cry. all to no avail. they've been driving her crazy, eating her flower bulbs especially. i didn't reall this weedburner tactic is one she found on the internet. if it's on the internet, it must be good!

    we spent about five hours going at them this morning. will report. i feel confident that at the very least we dished out some wicked goofer hangovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Probably ought to move that fuel container...
    ok, i guess i better not post any more pics... things only got worse as the morning wore on....

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    ^ Someone pass me a cloth to wipe my face.( the vid)

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    ok, i guess i better not post any more pics... things only got worse as the morning wore on....
    Please do.

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    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Diesel smoke looks like it should work.

    Just asking if you know that smoke bombs for this purpose are sold at the hardware store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Just asking if you know that smoke bombs for this purpose are sold at the hardware store.
    well, i do now. makes for a less compelling narrative though, doesn't it?

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    We have Wombats………………...


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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    we have multiple species, but the biggest culprits are "giant moles." we also have regular size moles, with smaller holes. and ground squirrels, california immigrants that make big messes. shrews, mice, rats. the actual gophers are out in the pastures making ankle-breakers.

    but norma calls them all "goofers". it's a good catch all.

    and norma is the one who has been waging war on the goofers. traps, poison, pounding on their tunnels with a sledgehammer while doing a war cry. all to no avail. they've been driving her crazy, eating her flower bulbs especially. i didn't reall this weedburner tactic is one she found on the internet. if it's on the internet, it must be good!

    we spent about five hours going at them this morning. will report. i feel confident that at the very least we dished out some wicked goofer hangovers.

    Make sure she traps both goofer tunnels. When you find a goofer hole, there are two tunnels leading away. Trap both, and itís about 95%.
    We also stuff the corpses back down the holes when we can.

    We have a smallish lot compared to yourn, but the neighbors all have the same types of lots, and we get lots of golfers. We used to.

    It seems the doggo can hear them? Sheíll occasionally get rowdy and start digging, and then the cats come over to investigate. The dog and cats hunt the goofers together. Itís great fun; goofers are savage fighters when they get dragged into daylight.

    I hope yíall get them. We know about those ankle breakers. Which, the reason I got good at catching goofers was the dairy.

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    Rat snakes.

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    Maybe just run the propane into hole, wait a few minutes then light it, don't bother with the diesel

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post

    but norma calls them all "goofers". it's a good catch all.

    and norma is the one who has been waging war on the goofers. traps, poison, pounding on their tunnels with a sledgehammer while doing a war cry. all to no avail. they've been driving her crazy, eating her flower bulbs especially.

    For Norma.



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    I have killed rats under a concrete slab by dropping dry ice into the holes. I had access to free dry ice at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    For Norma.
    i showed her, "oh yeah, i've seen that one". apparently she has watched alot of goofer snuff films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryLL View Post
    Don't be this guy.

    He really 'ticked off' the dog , Wanna bet the guy's name is 'Hold my beer, watch this ! ' ?

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    As stated before , we don't have any of these exciting diversion species much. We have bunnies and tree rats/ship rats and I thought of another.. stoats.
    Rats get trapped or poisoned with one of those drugs they give to people with high blood pressure so they get parched and make for water. Just the other day I noticed two new rat holes, I rolled a couple of baits in and pushed em just out of reach so nothing avian gets tempted. Next morning .. gone. I expect to detect an unpleasant aroma anytime soon.
    So my question , probably dumb, is can you poison these burrowing things with something dressed up to be attractive. I dunno, a carrot laced with eye of newt night bane of the devil. something like that? Asparagus maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    i showed her, "oh yeah, i've seen that one". apparently she has watched alot of goofer snuff films.
    I about fell off the chair on this one Lee.

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    Norma needs a ferret or two if your no good hound and lazy a$$ over fed cats will not do their assigned jobs. No consolation, but critters got to eat too.
    But when the chipmunks start working the cherry tomatoes....
    Red Rider to the rescue.

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