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  • Last Spring I started seeing the holes, the raised bumps, the fresh dirt piles in my front yard. On one hand, I acknowledge that, while I legally "own" my small plot of land, I do share it with local critters.

    And maybe in a small way their tunneling through the rock hard soil helps break it up.

    But when they get into my prized irises, and if they ever got close to my vegetable garden... well the nice gloves come off.

    This is about the time that most people smartly chime in with a Caddyshack reference. Hah hah.

    I have yet to *see* the enemy up close (maybe once out the front window, and with the tail it might be more likely ground squirrels), but I've been trying numerous things to deal with this rodent problem.

    It's about time I made a list.
  • My efforts to discourage the front yard diggers are to make them miserable, and perhaps to go to the neighbors yard. who are never here, and include:

    1. Banging and smashing their burrowing areas with a sledge hammer.
    2. Running a garden hose into the fresh holes, and letting it go for a l-o-n-g time (like an hour), often seeing it emerge 20 feet away.
    3. Lighting a road flare, shoving it into a hole, and covering the whole with a bucket. This is the most fun effort.
    4. Poking holes in their tunnel areas before it rains (so more water goes down the holes).
    5. Placing Wrigley's gum in their holes (rural myth?).
    6. Placing bowls of chili pepper seeds in their holes (left overs form making jalapeño pepper jelly).
    7. Purchasing solar power spikes that vibrate and buzz once a minute.
    8. Urinating in their holes (yeah, I know).
    9. Shoving dog shit in their holes (I have a regular source).
    10. Covering holes with big rocks.
    11. Shoving fat branches into their holes.
    12. Driving my truck back and forth over tunnels that go underneath my driveway.
    13. Cussing into their holes.
  • What I have not tried yet:

    1. Poison.
    2. Guns.
    3. Traps.
    4. Getting a cat.
    5. Getting a snake.
    6. Asking them nicely to go.

    I am not done yet. Six things on my list.
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