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Old 06-12-2016, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Our front yard is sinking, seriously

I don't know what critter has come to live in our front yard, but it's doing visible damage. The other day, I stepped off the wheelchair ramp on to what looked like even yard and to my surprise, sunk in a couple of inches. The grass had been mowed and so the sinking earth didn't show.

For several years, we've seen small holes, about the size of a quarter, here and there. Our yard is mostly mowed weeds, so we weren't concerned. But it sure looks like whatever is busy digging has made quite a large tunnel system and the whole thing caved in over the winter.

There really isn't any way we are going to put out poisoned bait or any of those horrible traps that impale the creature in the abdomen and leave them alive to suffer a terrible death. So I've been looking for other solutions.

I've found some gopher and mole repellent spikes that are supposed to last 10 to 12 months. They are spikes that are put down the hole and drive the critters away with an offensive smell. Set of 12 for $9.95. They go into the ground deep enough not to be a problem to mowing. Anyone have any experience with these things?

Also found rabbit and deer spikes for the garden that work with concentrated garlic oil, 1000 times stronger than garlic oil. They last 6 months, set of 25 for $19.95. Again, anyone with any experience with these?
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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For moles, I used to use an electronic thing on a spike you drove into the ground. Sent ultrasonic pulses through the soil to aggravate the critters. They were very effective.
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A friend had voles in her yard, going under her shed. She bought the one you're describing Twoolf. Sh loved it, she just also wished for something to get rid of squirrels.
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I walked out in my front yard several years ago and got vertigo. My yard was sinking. I got a rake and stuck it in the ground..... it sunk up to the tines!!!! I put dirt in the hole and sold the house. Here in Florida, it would not be strange to have a 150 deep hole in just a few days!
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For moles, I used to use an electronic thing on a spike you drove into the ground. Sent ultrasonic pulses through the soil to aggravate the critters. They were very effective.
I vote for this. It sounds like some animal death squeal. Buried in the ground it conducts far.

I have used it in the past and not only drove moles out but kept them out. All it costs is 6 D cell batteries a year.

Of course, when it died after several years I didn't replace it.

Of course they came back.

Two more in the yard and after a week the moles are moving off to the neighbor's yard.

The new ones have a bright yellow cap so you can't miss them and you can bury them right to the cap so the lawn mower will pass over them.

They even make solar rechargeable models now. (But smaller and cover less sq/ft.)
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Hawks. Really. We've watched red-shouldered hawks strike on the ground, and fly off with moles/gophers/other tunneling creatures in their claws. There is a pair that nests nearby. We hear them calling for each other almost daily, and see them frequently.
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Anyone remember where they got the electronic ones? I can't find them now.

Thanks for the great info!

ma, please give the hawks my address. Plenty of room for them around here. The pair you see and hear are probably raiising youngsters. It's the right season for that. If so and if you watch closely, you may just luck out and see the parents giving the youngsters hunting lessons. It's something special to watch.
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Spinner the gal I know got them at Menards, it's the only place like that she will shop at.
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