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Old 04-26-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Just left my neighbors and they have a bunch of holes and tunnels under the ground.Some of them are very close to each other and go fairly deep.Not moles as I am familiar with moles and you can usually see their trail at the top of the ground.These are deeper.the entrances holes ar not much bigger than 3".Maybe less.
I'm in central IL and wondering what these are.We have a very nice yard here and would like to get a clue of what they are and how to treat them before they move over here.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:53 PM   #2
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I got 'em too. I think they are some type of "prairie dog".

I don't know what I'm gonna do about them yet.

I just moved in and I'm working on the yard. Those little rodents are next on the list.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:07 PM   #4
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The hell of it is Frank that these people are like 15 ft from me .I'm about a lot at night with the dog and messing around and I have not seen any of them.The GF has our yard immaculate and pays to have it sprayed every month.Not my thing but she will go nuts if we start seeing a bunch of these holes in the yard.Plus we have dogs that could break a leg in these holes.
Where are these pest control guys?They must work Sundays?
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:10 PM   #5
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Just hit me Frank.I bet it's gophers.Used to live around a golf course in Rockford when I was a kid and they were everywhere.Hope we don't have to go Bill Murray on them?
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:51 PM   #6
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Run the hose down the hole. They'll come out or drown. Exhaust from the lawnmower works well, too. Either way, when they do come up, they're too disorientated to run off and are easy to shoot.
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If it's similar to a mole. whatever the critter is. If you kill it's food source it will leave .
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Gophers. They sell a device that puts out high frequency sound waves. It give them a little headache and they leave.
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5 gal. pail 3/4 full of water. Float some birdseed on the water and the nasties jump in and can not get out and drown. Then dump them in the yard for the hawks. No lead in the food chain.
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Voles. Had a client that tried to blast em out, and caught his house on fire. Very difficult to get rid of.
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Dynamite. Its the only way.
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I know that was a joke, but just from the standpoint of a rational person with experience in pest control, flammable substances are never a good solution for any pest problem. Use something actually made for whatever the intended use is. Bleach, gasoline, diesel, muriatic acid, formaldehyde, turpentine, whatever, don't use it. They aren't insecticides, or even vole-icides. Not only is it a bad idea, I would bet that it is illegal.
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Gophers... use castor oil granules. Be kind to animals :-)
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Dynamite. Its the only way.
And funnest, especially if it's not your lawn.
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http://www.thegopherguy.com/pages/pestid.html

I say gophers or voles. We had tons of gophers and they are impressive tunnellers. We put buckets over all the holes in the yard and flood one hole at a time and the sneaky things came out twenty yards away. Their tunnels always have secondary egress and the can make tunnel systems for hundreds of feet.

I bought big rubber stoppers and plugged holes and kept flooding them out until the were swimming with DiCaprio

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