This is our little slice of heaven on earth.
I call it my sanctuary from the maddening crowd.
My haven where peace and quiet reign supreme.
bunny or four legged-friends from neighboring kingdoms.
I thought when I saw these small mounds that my in-laws had covered little surprises left by the neighbor's dog with garden soil. I gave it no further thought.
However, over the course of 2 weeks I noticed (and assumed) that the little buggers kept leaving surprises for us during the night. I made a note to speak to the neighbors about these, um, indiscretions.
Before I had the chance to chat them up about their little pooches, I found a small hole right beside a new mound. Then, I realized that smaller friends were responsible for the re-landscaping of our backyard.
Believing in the peaceful co-existence of all sorts of species, I tried the diplomatic approach. The less invasive options, if you will.
Yes, on Day 1 after discovery, I flooded the first hole I saw with water. I stood there thinking that after a minute or so, my new found friends would come splashing out. Ha!
5 minutes later....
no sign of any thing.
On Day 2, they gave me Hole #2. I tried the shock and awe approach by aerating the soil around the mounds thinking that the activity would scare them away. I punched away.
No white flags. Their gift to me the following morning was Hole #3.
So, off I went to Amazon.com to order 3 solar gopher repellent stakes and 5lbs. of repellent powder.
On Day 4 (don't you just love Amazon Prime!), I installed these babies in 3 strategic locations, about 10 feet apart, and sprinkled the repellent powder all around the mounds and holes like there was no tomorrow.
From then on, each morning before I left for work, I would take a quick peek at our backyard to see if there has been any improvement (i.e., no new mounds). On Day 5, I found yet another hole (total of 4 by now). It turns out that these repellent stakes and powder irritate the living daylights out of my new friends. Hence, the heightened activity and "tunneling."
So, on my way home from work I purchased 5 more lbs of repellent powder.
My new strategy was to combine the non-invasive approaches. I flooded another hole and increased aerating activities around the mounds. Not to mention dumping another 5lbs of powder.
Oh, please just leave. Why not find a vacant lot to harass?
There is a 10' x 300' area by the creek you could call your own.
On Day 6, my friends left yet another surprise for me - Hole #5.
Diplomacy has failed.
I called in the Hunk in my life for reinforcement.
My reluctant hero took it from there.
I refused to take part it what happened next.
Let's leave it at that.