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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 18, 2017 12:46 PM CST
I have an easy way of getting rid of gophers. Maybe, someone knows if it would work on moles or voles.
Ok! Gophers !!! They dig with there teeth.
Put a wad of human hair down gopher vent hole. While opening there hole, they ingest some human hair, they can't digest it, and they die.
I'm wondering if it would work on moles or voles. Has anybody tried it ???
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porkpal
May 18, 2017 1:42 PM CST
How sure are you of this gopher cure? Around here our gophers dig with their oversized front claws so do moles so...?

I am, however going to stuff some hair down some gopher holes - no harm in trying - I've tried EVERYTHING else.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 18, 2017 5:03 PM CST
Porkpal ! Buddy !
Gophers are like, cockroaches, if you got one ! You've got ?????
Barber shop will give you, plenty of bags of hair, free . Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 18, 2017 5:27 PM CST
My husband has tried literally every gadget on the market, and every old wives' tale to get rid of moles (flooding, car exhaust, chewed up Juicyfruit, human hair, pee, caster oil, caster beans, horrible concoctions he comes up with on his own, vibrating pinwheels, super-sonic devices, etc. etc.). To no effect. The only thing that reliably works for us is to trap them, in which case we have up-ended 5 gallon buckets decorating our lawn rather than the mole hills (we have a dog we don't want to get injured by the traps, so he covers the traps with a bucket and a rock after digging them in). And, once he's rid the lawn of the current mole population, it is only a matter of time before new ones move in. So, we mostly just co-exist with the little bast*rds. Knock down the hills with the blade of our riding mower before mowing. For the life of me, I don't know why they can't just burrow out in the fields where no one would bother them.

My 70 y.o. neighbor, on the other hand, simply gardens close to a newly raised hill with her shovel at the ready, and when she sees activity, WHAM, she strikes straight down and nails the mole with the blade of her shovel, then tosses the dead mole into her adjoining pasture (hoping their buddies will be awed by her prowess). She's got a pretty smooth lawn!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 18, 2017 5:45 PM CST

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As mentioned, gophers dig with their front claw as they tunnel, they wouldn't ingest hair. They eat the roots of plants. Moles just tunnel to find grubs, they don't eat the plants, but they can damage plants by tunneling under them leaving roots exposed to air plus they upheave the soil as they tunnel along he surface.
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jsf67
May 19, 2017 8:56 AM CST
I have lots of tunnels dug by animals: Small ones dug by chipmunks, which don't seem to be a problem and larger ones dug by I don't know what. I think some are rabbit. I think some are groundhog. Generally I don't know, but would prefer to get rid of them.

I also happen to have LOTS of Lily of the Valley growing in places I really don't want it (plus some in places I do want it). So when I have time, I rip up some LOTV from where I don't want it and walk over to one of the larger animal holes and pack it in. So far as I understand LOTV is toxic to mammals. In past years when I refilled such holes with dirt or even rocks, they were cleaned out very soon. They seem not to be cleaned out when filled with LOTV. I don't know whether that really discourages the animals enough to make them move back into the adjacent woods or to someone else's yard. Maybe it is an effective method, maybe a waste of time; Very hard to tell.

BTW, the chipmunks seem to dig with their back claws, so they wouldn't care as much. Other than chipmunks, I've never seen any other animal digging. I see the results, but I never see it happen.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 8:59 AM CST
That's a new one to me and I have two largish patches of lily of the valley. I'll give it a whirl, they can always use some thinning.
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Name: greene
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greene
May 19, 2017 9:17 AM CST
I don't have gophers (yet...) but yesterday I found this site.
http://www.traplineproducts.co...

And this helpful video which shows how to set the traps.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Don't know if they would work for everyone but it's worth a shot. Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 19, 2017 11:18 AM CST
@jsf67 : HOWDY I tip my hat to you.
Just read about a natural, safe for children and pets, animal repellent.
2 TBL castor oil. 1 TBL dish soap. To 1 gallon water. Spray ground. Apply as necessary. Suppose to repell. Moles. Voles. Armadillos. Skunks. And Squrills. Who knows what else it might repell ??? I'm gonna try it in my vege garden, to see if it will keep the cats from useing my garden as an outhouse.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 19, 2017 11:31 AM CST

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Those traps make your hands too close to the gopher! Too complicated looking too. I use the cinch traps, I have several. Caught 4 earlier this month within two days.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 19, 2017 11:47 AM CST
@Bonehead. Check out thread above for animal repellent.
Worth a try. If not. Everybody needs a little castor oil, ownce in a while.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
May 19, 2017 12:00 PM CST
We have gophers and ground squirrels here and I would agree with Deb, they're never going away, and controlling them is hard. Also would agree with Sue about the importance of knowing your tunneling animals (here we distinguish between ground squirrels and gophers based on whether or not they hide their entrance). Moles are probably more a threat to your topography than your actual plants because of their carnivorous lifestyle.

I rely on gopher baskets when I plant certain succulents that the ground squirrels or gophers might find extra delectable (for example agave roots are apparently really delicious). Basically it's a cylinder with a bottom made out of chicken wire, that you put in the hole before the plant when you install it. The only way in is if they "jump the fence" (by random chance or cleverness) and dig from inside the basket. Otherwise very effective, very low tech, and highly recommended. A lifesaver.

You might also want to consider a predator. Various ones to choose from, including household pets. The problem with dogs is they will dig up your whole garden and more likely than not fail to catch the mammal inside. Our dog is a superb gopher hunter and has been successful on more than one occasion. She's kind of a goofus but apparently her excellent sense of smell brings her close enough to the active target.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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May 19, 2017 12:17 PM CST

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All my roses and lily bulbs go in cages, they do love Iris but they spread so can't cage them.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 1:06 PM CST
My dog is a faithful hunter (and occasionally is successful), but I can't decide if I would rather have the mole hills or the dog holes. Equally unattractive!
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May 19, 2017 1:21 PM CST
When I see the mole runs I stomp them down a lot and say words I probably shouldn't use Whistling Whistling Glare Glare Glare
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 19, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Deb ... I vote !!! Dog holes......
varmit gone ! ......
AND !!!!! Tilled soil !!!
Dont get better than that. 😁
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 19, 2017 2:42 PM CST
That depends upon how many dogs, holes, gophers you have. Our dogs have dug up a number of roses hunting gophers - generally unsuccessfully. It seems our gophers are faster diggers than our dogs. The yard often looks like a war zone, especially after a rain when the gophers are remodeling.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 19, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Porkpal.
I used to have a dog, that was, a great gopher.
Now !!! I have a cat ! She, just, loves to sit patiently, for the boggers to pop there little heads out of ground.
and !!!POWEEW ### POOR 😭GOPHER 😭 Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 4:11 PM CST
My dog is a boxer mix. Her square nose is not particularly suited to ground hunting. But, she IS diligent, often sitting with ears perked (she has all her body parts) for long stretches of time at a mole hill before pouncing and furiously digging. Her success rate is pretty slim, but she means well. I praise her extravagantly when she does manage to catch one!
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
May 19, 2017 4:31 PM CST
Our dog is a pit bull mix and her usual style is to notice something when we're out on a walk, then leap forward digging like crazy for a few seconds, then she does a quick flick of her neck and the story is all over very fast for the gopher. Our other dog (shepherd mix) is totally uninterested in digging or gophers, but she'll go at top speed trying to catch a bunny (though she never actually succeeds). There are feral dogs in the neighborhood which do quite a bit of digging in the park, going after the ground squirrels, and having absolutely zero effect on their numbers from what I can tell. I have live-trapped a total of maybe 6 squirrels in the greenhouse, but the problem I started having was the birds are smart enough to find the bait (usually peanuts) inside the trap.
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