[Market-farming] Gophers

Bill Bradshaw billbradshaw at direcway.com
Sat Oct 30 10:15:31 EDT 2004


 Any idea just how Organic the
>gassers are considered?
Use Traps they work and are organic. We keep them off about 30 acres. Took a
while, but when a new one shows up he gets the trap. Not only that but when
I hold up the trap and am looking at that sucker I know I got that one.
TexasBill

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leigh Hauter" <lh at pressroom.com>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Cc: <sora at coldreams.com>
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 10:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Gophers


> Isn't there a terrier bred for just this sort of task.  A fox terrier
> was bred to go down fox dens and dispose of the fox. And then there
> are rat terriers. I would research this 'natural' cure if I was
> overrun with gophers, and if they populated my countryside to such an
> extent that they would be a recurring problem. Something like a wire
> terrier if you can find one that hasn't had its hunting instincts
> bred out of it.
>
>
> At 13:40 -0700 10/29/04, sora at coldreams.com wrote:
> >  >>
> >>  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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