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Old 05-31-2007, 03:26 PM   #16
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Do they have any predators? Maybe you could put an owl or an eagle out on a pole. I've heard it works with snakes. What do they eat, you could try to bury a steel trap just inside there hole,

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Old 05-31-2007, 06:11 PM   #17
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I have only done a couple of gopher jobs a few years ago
Back then we used zinc phosphide gassers but now it is some kind of sulfur oxide

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/...destroyer1.htm

Locate all entrances to the burrow might be a couple might be more.
Although the instructions say to seal all but one I recommend dropping a bomb in all of them.

First make sure the gopher is in there you can tell by the flies at the entrance holes and they are usually bedded down at night.

Keep all tall grass and plants cut down around the areas you are trying to protect
You can put pinwheels around the yard to ward them off, might not work but your yard will look cute.

Also a com0pany called Aguilla makes .22 rounds with little or no powder other than the primer that are as quiet as a silenced gun
They will go through the outer skin and interior wall of a buddy's mobile home but not the tempered glass window at about 20 yards

I don't know what effect they would have on a groundhog but it pretty much just irritated the fifteen to twenty pound coon I shot at the same distance
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:23 PM   #18
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Problem is that once one is gone the next one moves in. I can shoot them here, so I kill them with a 12 gauge. But even knocking off about 45 so far they keep coming back. I have 26 acres and 5 acres landscaped, so they love the plants. Hava-traps with lettuce in them work well, then just shoot them with your cross box.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:04 PM   #19
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I had problem with them and then a family of foxes moved in and they got rid of them. But after the foxes moved we had the same problem after a couple of years.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:49 PM   #20
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I've tried rat poison into their burrow, but it didn't seem to work. I live in a suburb of Pgh and contacted my local or county govt office( they had a # to call for pests). They left a trap for me to use for a couple weeks. They are hard to catch in some cases. I watched one enter the front of the trap, then back out. They like apples, cabage, lettuce, broc etc. It would have been easy for me to shoot them, but thats not an option where i live. I had a buddy leave his Blue tic healer(Sp?) dog at the house for a day & he killed one. The traps do work, but i have heard of them getting out after the door closed, dont ask me how. I would try a google search on "killing groundhogs." I was supposed to call them when i caught one, but i took cage out to a park that is 10miles from my house & released them. You have to keep the vegies fresh, they will not eat rotten food.
They sometimes only use the burrows to mate, then leave. I didn't see any at all this past spring or summer.
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It would have been easy for me to shoot them, but thats not an option where i live.
Ayuh,... And I thought that's what Hi-powered BB Guns were for,....
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I dont happen to have have one or I would have tried it! I'd be surprised if a high powered BB gun would kill a groundhog.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:42 AM   #25
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Try checking out a mechanical owl with motion sensor capability. Apprently it keeps racoons away from garbage. Racoons are brave, ground hogs not so brave just slow I think.
As stated above you kill one another moves in. Bleach em, and you'll just end up with white ground hogs
Make the environment less hospitable.
Or get a 22 cal Pellet gun, or keep the barrel of the 22 inside the house..
We used to target shoot in our basement... 50 ft range with trap. We put the muzzle inside a pair of tires to stop the echo. Or the dog, go with a terrier...natural rat hounds and fierce protector
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The high velocity Gamo Whispher Series WILL take out the groundhogs out to about 50-60 yards.
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Groundhogs usually have at least 2 entrances to their holes. When I was little my dad used to mix gas and diesel 50/50 and go out to his bean fields and pour about 5 gallons of that down the hole and toss in a match. If the fire and smoke didnt kill them he shot them on their way out of the hole. Those little pests can eat off acres of soybeans in a heartbeat so you might want to plant some to lure them out into the open where they are easier to pick off.

Another farmer in the area plugs the hole and pumps in anhydrous ammonia. Its not toxic to the soil and if you know any farmers you could probably work with them to have them bring out a tank for you. Just dont get it on you, it causes chemical burns by removing the water from you cells which is why there is a big water jug mounted on AA tanks.
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They are known as woodchucks here I think. The live trap works well,is silent,and effective. use lettuce or leafy greens in there. Or dog food. They are easy to trap. I vote to terminate them BUT your wife or situation MAY dictate you relocate them. Take them at least 10 miles away or they will be right back. You WILL get more moving in. Another idea that may well work well is coke in a shallow pan. Get them used to it a few days. next day stir in about a cup full of Golden Maldrin fly bait. If they get more than a few feet from the pan before all four are airbourn, mix more fly bait. THIS is excellent and will rid a sweet corn patch of the masked bandits also. Possums,coons and all those type unwanted disease carrying varmits as well as mice and rats. Keep the dogs out tho,,they like sweet stuff,cats dont always.
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they are pretty easy to trap with dog food as a bait. Buy a live trap and stay out of trouble with authorities and neighbors!!

Or pour a gallon of gas down the hole and light a rag to throw to it,,,or a large firecracker maybe!! Gas WILL explod and BURN you!!!

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My house backs up to a conservation area, far up the hill, there is an old mine shaft – I dumped the bodies down there. You don’t work for the government do you?

I had read somewhere about sealing up the holes except for one and pouring bleach and then ammonia down a garden hose with a sock on the end of it into the hole. Then pull the hose out, leaving the sock in the hole, plug the hole, and there you go, lots of dead rodents. I think though with the kid coming along, I am hesitant to employ clouds of poison gas to solve this problem. Sure it will probably dissipate before she gets old enough to dig, and sure it is New Jersey, and clouds of toxic gas might actually make the place cleaner, but it just doesn’t seem like a route I want to go at this time.
Do not mix bleach and ammonia, this could be fatal to everyone in the area. I believe those two were the main ingredients used in mustard gas in WWI

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