On Gophers

pocket gopher
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.:)

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

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