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Rodent Question?

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Have two black mounds of dirt along fenceline. Neighbors have had them for 2 weeks. Are they gophers or possibly chipmunks. I have seen chipmunks around but this is the first of the dirt mounds. And I moved the dirt and cannot for the life of me find a hole. Are they yhat small of holes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Sounds like pocket gophers to me, look real close and you will find the hole, hook a hose on your lawn mower exhaust, stick the hose in the hole, let the mower idle for 20 min, or so, end of the P.G. wink.gif

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You might want to post this in the lawn and garden forum. You might get the answer your looking for. Good luck.

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Mounds make it sound more like you have moles than gophers.

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I disagree with the moles. Sounds like pocket gophers. The mound of dirt will be roughly 12"-16" in diameter and up to about 6" high. If you look closely, you will notice a small indentation where the tunnel begins. They will surface every so often and when they do you will find another mound.

The exhaust method mentioned above will work. If you prefer to trap them, just open the hole and place the trap inside the tunnel. They will come back to close the hole and get caught.

Bob

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When I was a kid, we had some pocket gophers in our yard. We took the garden hose and flooded the rascals out. It took a few minutes and the gopher would come out of the hole and the dog would finish it. Parts going every which way.

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Thats what we did, is flush them out. Put a net over the hole and done deal.

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You're right about the size of the dirt mounds. About 6" high w/12" or so diameter. Neighbors say they had them 10 or so years ago. Then they dissappeared. Til now. I'll post the progress of extermination. Thanks again for the info.

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