I get it, they’re cute. Their fuzzy, and they can be a lot of fun, and yes, I’m talking about gophers. You can find a ton of cute videos online, and get a lot of ohhhhh’s and ahhhhh’s, especially from your children. But, gophers and rodents of many kinds love to eat shrubs and consequently cost million’s (if not billions) of dollars every year. How? Simple, this cute little rodents love to eat scrubs and veggies. I have a simple question for you: What do farmers plant? That’s right vegetables, and since these rodents love to eat them, they cost farmers millions of dollars in dead and unusable veggies every year. And guess what, the rodents don’t care if it’s your personal private garden or if it’s one that ships to the store.
You see, high prices for veggies don’t start at the store, they start on the farmers lot, and if you are going to take care of the high prices, that’s where you have to start. Grocery stores are simply the end result. So, what are you going to do about them? I have some suggestions, of which most have pluses and minuses. I’ll point out both as best I can, and should you have other suggest, you can add them to the comment section at the bottom. Happy reading!
Was to solve the problem.
There are many ways to solve the problem of infesting rodents. Be them mice, prairie dogs or gophers, there are many ways that you can get rid of them, it’s just a matter on where you stand on the issue.
Poisons! Poisons are something that can be good, in that they get the job done. But depending on how big of an area, it may not be practical for putting bait out. If you have 100 archers, it’s not going to work well for you, especially if they are dying anywhere of than there burrows.
Traps are similar, in that they get the job done. But with traps there’s a whole new series of problems. For example, you have to keep track of where you put them. You have to hope the rodent goes into them. You have to revisit the traps (hope you can find them) and remove the mess. Then you have to place new traps all over again. Lots of work and lots of time.
Other methods & alternatives
Yes, there’s more options. For example, you can always shoot them. Again, you’ve got several problems with this method. You have to be a good shot! You have to be in an area where if you miss, you’re not going to injure a human or something else that you could get jail time for. You also, have to go and clean up the mess. None of these options work well for me. Do they work for you?
Lastly, you can get something called Pressurized Exhaust Rodent Controller, PERC for short. I like this option for a lot of reasons. Let me explain. PERC operates by putting carbon dioxide into the burrow systems. The rodents simply fall asleep, and that’s they. Because they’re underground, you never see them. There’s no problem with other wild (or domestic) animals coming onto your property or endangering your family. There’s also no concern about your pets or children taking some poison by mistake. You also don’t have to waste time continually setting up traps, and then having to go and empty them, hoping the entire time that you’re not missing them.
Because the gas goes into their networking system, you don’t have to worry how many are 5 or 10 feet below the service, because the gas reaches them. You don’t have to worry about how many are in the next, waiting to get strong enough to come and eat your crops. And you don’t have to worry that they’re going to pop up else where. All other methods have multiple of these concerns. This one doesn’t.
Now you may be thinking that’s great, but what’s the drawback? You still have to go and find the burrows, and place the wand into them. However, unlike the other methods, the amount of rodents is reduced greatly your infiltration. Reports of 90 % reduction in the first use. That’s huge, and that will save you time in the long run.
Last But Not Least!
I understand if you don’t have a big farm, but some other land. Consider that if you have a football field, baseball field, soccer field, field hockey, or any other yard, that people are on, where an injury can result because of gopher holes, then you need to get control of your rodent problems. While I can’t ‘make’ you get a PERC, I can tell you, that gophers aren’t limited to just farmers lots, but any place there is a field.
Is it worth the kids (regardless of aging) risking hurting themselves while there supposed to be having fun? Of course not, so take care of the problem, and keep them safe all at one time.