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Old 06-01-2009, 11:47 AM   #31
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Mustard gas was produced from some kind of Sulpher compound, but bleach and ammonia can produce things that are even worse.

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Old 06-01-2009, 02:47 PM   #32
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My mistake on the mustard gas. At least I was right on the two being used as a weapon in war.
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the old hose and exhaust pipe trick. Pump some carbon monoxide down there.
For Foxes we use CO2, it settles in the low parts of the den and is fairly persistent.
I've used Thai hot chili powder with good success on Raccoons that keep breaking into Grand Ma's attic. If you get the right stuff, it is as potent (or more so) than pepper spray. Some of that blown down the holes would probably discourage them from returning for a good long while. Put some in a rubber hose so you get it into the burrow a ways and then blow (don't suck ).
I'm hesitant to use any sort of poison, you never know if a house pet is going to find it or eat the poisoned animal. One friend used Rat poison (soaked corn) in Cotton tail rabbit burrows and her dog ate one of the dead rabbits. He went blind, bleed out of every orifice and was feeble for the rest of his days.
My Ferret and Jack Russels would have a ball with your ground hogs.
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the old hose and exhaust pipe trick. Pump some carbon monoxide down there.
For Foxes we use CO2, it settles in the low parts of the den and is fairly persistent.
I've used Thai hot chili pepper powder with good success on Raccoons that keep breaking into Grand Ma's attic. If you get the right stuff, it is as potent (or more so) than pepper spray. Some of that blown down the holes would probably discourage them from returning for a good long while. Put some in a rubber hose so you get it into the burrow a ways and then blow (don't suck ).
I'm hesitant to use any sort of poison, you never know if a house pet is going to find it or eat the poisoned animal. One friend used Rat poison (soaked corn) in Cotton tail rabbit burrows and her dog ate one of the dead rabbits. He went blind, bleed out of every orifice and was feeble for the rest of his days.
My Ferret and Jack Russels would have a ball with your ground hogs.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:04 PM   #35
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I suggest Shooting them, I live in city population too and it is obvisuly illegal to discharge a fire arm but its a .22 not a truck mounted 50cal just get'em with 1 shot and put the gun away. they are a pita but even with that if you can not get them with a live trap then they should be killed humainly.
Poisons and kill traps in populated areas are not a good idea as somebody already said, other animals or neiborhood children could get into it, firecrackers will do nothing but sound like a .22. groundhogs are not stupid they are actually really smart as well as having a really great sense of smell and awareness, as well as being domesticated in our towns and cities. I have never had luck with the traps, when I did catch one in a live trap he destroyed it.
I gave up on the live trap and now own a bolt action .22 iron sight rid my property last year of them, and as stated another will move in, but I found him dead under a tree this year. you need to get the holes filled as quick as you kill them to discourage anything else from making it their new home.
I counted 8 holes on my 1 acre property including the one going under my house which by the way a skunk borrowed last year. watching tv and what the is that smell lol. any ways, try to relocate them or humainly kill them. I found it helpful to be waiting down wind from his den hole b4 the sun comes up. there is also as somebody already said .22 cal air rifles but are expensive for a good 1.. gl
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To kill a groundhog, you must first locate all their holes. They usually have two or three and the one with all the dirt piled out front is the main entrance. Fill in all the holes you find, except the main entrance, with dirt and stomp it down good. Then slip a cotton sock over the end of a piece of stiff garden hose and shove it down the main entrance hole as far as you can. Don't pull it back or you will lose the sock, and if you lose the sock, the system doesn't work! Now fill the hole in around the hose with dirt. Insert a funnel into the hose and pour a quart of chlorine bleach down the hose. Immediately pour a quart of ammonia after the bleach. Pull the hose out and stomp the dirt solid. If you did it right, that woodchuck will never see the sun again.
Again, DO NOT MIX BLEACH AND AMNONIA, do you really want to risk your own life to kill a few groundhogs?
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They are illegal in all states...UNLESS you buy a license (about $300). Hav-a-Hart traps run about $30. Trap the beasts then shoot them in the head at close range with .22 shorts...may take more than one round. Or you could bait the traps with poison bait...rat poison inserted into apples for instance. If you live in an area where you cannot legally shoot them there may be animal control officers that will take them once they have been trapped.
Last fall I was at my Uncles place. While we were watching the groundhogs play I noticed a skunk approaching one of them. Skunks do not come out in the daytime unless they are stressed, (chased, sick or RABID). So tomorrow I am going to the hardware store for a .22 Mag rifle and scope. Come spring I will clean the place out.
For archers, you can get into range. All you need is patience and a blanket treated with DEET. Take your DEET blanket and walk to about 20-30 feet of the burrow. Prepare your bow, sit down and wait. I hunted prairie dogs with a sharp stick in survival school with this method (minus the bow and blanket)...it works. Try to stay downwind and do not let your shadow show on the burrow hole. Btw, the blanket it just to keep fleas and ticks off of you.
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I have to ditto bigfoots suggestion. Attempt to locate all entrances of the burrow. close off all but one. take a hose and connect it to the tailpipe of the car and stick it in the hole. Let it run for a 1/2 hour. The thrumming of he engine lulls them to sleep



I did hear the gas down the hole can be quite the thrill. If you let if set for awhile, it vaporizes and migrates. Light it off and you generally will find all the holes into the burrow, at the same time.
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I got a rid of my ground hogs by putting a weeks worth of 2 cats scoopable dirty cat litter in their hole!
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Put boards up to ensure there is never sunlight on their holes.

It's law that on groundhog day, it ALWAYS sees it's shadow, and winter ALWAYS is longer. So by making sure it does not see it's shadow, the only way for this law to be true is that the ground hog never comes out.

They have to eat at some point, to stay alive. :P
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Pour used cat litter down every hole you can find. If you don't have a cat I'm sure you know someone who does. Make sure it's real stinky. Works every time. Although I prefer to stalk them with a shotgun. They are very wiley creatures and will test your skill on a stalk.
You will have to repeat the litter thing every so often cause eventually wind, rain and such will wash out the hole. Once a year should be sufficient. It might take a couple doses to get going though so be patient it's worth the effort. Good Hunting!!!!!!!
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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
Actually bleach and ammonia produces chlorine gas, still harmful, but not related to mustard gas.

Back on topic, you could attach a hose to your car's exhaust, and pump the exhaust into the dens for awhile. Or, if you're in a hurry, just buy some rodent smoke bombs.

Have a shovel/bow/axe handy in case they try to escape.

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