[Market-farming] Gophers

sora at coldreams.com sora at coldreams.com
Fri Oct 29 16:40:13 EDT 2004

> Yeah, I tried castor oil, but with little success.  Then I tried those
> battery-run beepers.  They DID work, sort of.  What they did was move the
> gophers about 40 yards over, where they set up again!  I'm now using
> gopher gassers, those things that look like giant firecrackers and purport
> to kill the gophers in their holes.  You have to dig down "near" a gopher
> mound, to find a runway.  Best place to prospect for one is to look at a
> fresh gopher mound which will have 3 mounds in a fan shape with the final
> mound, where the gopher plugged the access hole, inside the fan.  You dig
> down under this final mound and hope to get a runway. It will be about a
> foot and a half down.  Then you light the gasser, put it in, and fill back
> the hole so the gas stays in.  Quite labor intensive, but seems to work!
Yeah...tried the battery beepers last year...there was one right in the
middle of the garlic....sigh.  I've also been using the gassers, and had
the most success with them. I can usually find the runways by just walking
around in the garden, if the ground seems real soft and I start to sink,
it's usually a runway.   One thing I've learned is that the gophers are
light sensitive.  If they see light coming into the tunnel they actually
build fire walls that can protect them from the gas.  Therefore...once I
find the tunnel, I make sure to keep it covered until I'm ready to gas and
throw!  I have a friend who uses a pipe attached to their
exhaust...cheaper than the firecrackers.  Any idea just how Organic the
gassers are considered?

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