Tuesday, October 28, 2008

RIP Gopher

I went out this morning to check the "surprise" under the blue box. I pushed back the dirt that sealed the edges and pulled off the frost covered blue box, and ...



I have only five words for rodents in my flower beds ...

Skeeter Über Alles, gopher Weibchen!


A few of you asked how I get rid of the pocket gophers. You definitely don't need dynamite like they used on Caddyshack. I use the Death Clutch Gopher Trap. They have NEVER failed me. I've been using them for 8 years now, and other than the one that just wore out, and the one that got "lost", they haven't let me down.

These traps aren't "for dummies". The spring is very strong and the jaws are sharp. Read and follow the directions to set the trap. Wear gloves and be safe around this device.

I tie a short rope to the loop end of the handle and then place a small weight on the other end of the rope. I like to place the trap well into the gopher tunnel, so only the gopher will be trapped. I cover the tunnel entrance and the rope with a small, brightly colored plastic bin so that it can easily be seen (and avoided), and that dogs and cats won't catch the gopher's scent and be tempted to investigate the tunnel while the trap is active.


The trap will develop a little rust in moist environments. The rust brushes off easily with a wire brush. That's all the long term maintenance I've ever had to do on these traps and they just keep on working whenever I need them.

I bought mine at a local hardware store. They are also available on the Internet through Amazon.

12 comments:

Technonana said...

THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT CREATURE THAN THE ONES THAT UPROOT THE GROUND AROUND HERE!!
I JUST WANTED TO DROP BY AND SAY THANKS FOR CHECKING IN AND FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND CONCERN!!
SHARON

Suzanne said...

Hi baby. Thanks. I needed a break, but I think I'm back. But to come back to this!!!!???? Damn you woman. Oh, right, this is Skeeter's blog. Damn you man. Here, let me explain my philosophy (as if you don't already know you bastard!):

1) Cruelty to animals is a no-no in my book. As a card carrying member of PETA I may just have to report your sorry ass to Animal Control.

2) Cruelty to animals is a no-no in my book.

What? Redundant?

3) I think you, and almost everyone else I know have something in common. What the hell am I doing blogging with all of you? I should be on a vegetarian blog.

4) There is always a human solution.

5) Research is your friend.

6) I'll do the research for $40/hour. Yes, my retirement fund has all but evaporated...I'm thinking outside the box!

Love you darling and thanks for the visits. You always make me laugh. Leave the gophers alone because life is too short to try to outsmart them.

XO Suze ;)

Suzanne said...

Yup..."human" was suposed to be "humane." What? Cut me some slack, it's early.

XO

Have a great day!

Harshita said...

Uhuh! the pictures...

:(

Employee No. 3699 said...

I usually have to divert my eyes when I'm driving past roadkill. Let me tell you it was quite difficult to divert them from the pictures and still read your post.

nebraska girl said...

Good job Gopher Killer. I'd hate to think of how many of those things I'd need to rid that pasture of gophers. It's a half section pasture!

Maria said...

Oh, my. It reminds me of how my Da used to stick a dead gopher up on a fence post as a "warning" to the others...

Skeeter said...

Hi Suzanne,

You're right dear. I will not misbehave anymore.

Nebraska G, You are sooooo my hero ... 320 acres is a heck of a lot of gophers! Thankfully I only have 1/320 of that much to worry over.

Hi Maria! Did it work?

zirelda said...

So you can't just trap them and move them on out of there.

Ah well.

We have tons of prarie dogs here. I'm sure you remember those little guys.

Leah said...

Oh my goodness me.

TerriRainer said...

You are truly the GREAT WHITE HUNTER!

:) Terri

Monkey Toe Momma said...

Ack!