pocket gopher
pocket gopher via Wiki

This post is off the beaten path from my normal posts, but… Gophers!:( The bane of my existence right now! There is nothing cute about the little *bleep *bleeps.

Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as gophers, are burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae.[3] There are approximately 35 species of gopher living in Central and North America.[4] They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities. Gophers are endemic to North and Central America. via Wiki

Last winter they decided to invade my back yard and eat my grass and flowers. I don’t trap them or poison them though I would love to throw some dynamite in their holes if I wasn’t scared that my yard would implode because of all of their underground tunnels.

Let me rewind. The neighbor behind me used, operative word “used,” to have a windmill. I had bullsnakes. Between the windmill and the bullsnakes, gophers didn’t show up in my yard often. And when they did… well… let’s just say I had some very full bullsnakes. I miss those days. I miss my beautiful back yard. Unfortunately, when the bullsnakes are well fed and there isn’t anything left to eat they move on to greener pastures. I am envious of my friend’s cats, they hunt gophers. My cat, well, let’s just say she grew to about the size of a gopher. Maybe a tad bigger. And she gets her jollies stalking and playing with them. She’s only killed one and prefers to bring the rodents in the house alive so I can do the dirty work. Heavy sigh.

Let me also note: I am envious of my friend’s cats, they hunt gophers. My cat, well, let’s just say she grew to about the size of a gopher. Maybe a tad bigger. And she gets her jollies stalking and playing with the furry shats. She’s only killed one and prefers to bring the rodents in the house alive so I can do the dirty work. Heavy sigh.

The neighbor behind me sold his house and my new neighbor took down the windmill. Now I’m left with a big section of dirt in my backyard. The little buggers ate my potato’s, which should have killed them, then chomped down on my onions, and took out my tomato plants in my garden. Even after I buried fencing to keep them away. Sigh.

Right now much of my time has been spent refilling holes, spraying Sweeney’s Mole & Gopher Repellent (once a week), and using solar spikes. These products do work if you can stay on top of the problem. But, alas, I’m a writer. When I start writing everything else falls to the side. And I forget to keep on top of the little *bleep *bleeps until they come back (along with other things.)

Bullsnake via Wiki
Bullsnake via Wiki

Awesome creature isn’t he!

The bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) is a large nonvenomous colubrid snake. It is currently considered a subspecies of the gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer). via Wiki

The only thing that I have found to wipe out the destructive little rodents every year are, you guessed it, Bullsnakes! I am now on the hunt for bullsnakes. I love them and my cat knows not to play with them.:)

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