Critter Chasing  

ButteryDelight 58F
1961 posts
8/26/2006 9:57 am

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Critter Chasing

I’ve been having this problem in my yard lately. I noticed some ridges, bump like looking things running around the edge of the sidewalk and driveway. These ridges are soft and when I step on them the soil underneath is loose. Also, my dogs have been barking like crazy and they always bark in the same direction, which is towards an old tree stump I have in the yard. But, every time I go out to see what the dogs are barking at I don’t find anything.

Last night when I got home from work, it was about 12:30, already Saturday morning actually. I decided to go out there and look once more and see if I can get a look at what is upsetting my dogs. I walked around under the trees and rounded the corner of the house and there was this critter sitting on a stump. At first I thought it was the neighbors cats. As I came closer I noticed it was too short and fat for that so I’m thinking it’s an armadillo, or a possum. I was almost on top of the thing when it turned around and I went Ohhh, what’s a beaver doing in my yard? Then it jumped off the stump and into a hole. Great. It’s a mole. That explains the ridges, which are its tunnels. That's just great. Now I have to go critter chasing. Now, I have to figure out how to get rid of that pesky critter.

This morning I asked some friends and have received the same suggestion over and over. That is to attach a hose to the exhaust pipe of my car, turn on the car, plunge the hose into the mole’s hole and just let the gas kill it.

I got up early this morning before it became too hot to work outside and I drove my car into the yard, attached a hose, stuck it in the mounds hole and turned on the car. As I sat in my car with the engine running people walked by, drove by, and rode their bicycles past my house. I sure did get some strange looks, and more then one neighbor stopped to ask what in the world was I doing.

I have no idea how long I was to let the car run. I just guessed that 30 minutes would be long enough. I sure hope it worked and that critter is gone. I wonder if there is more then one of them and if I will have to do this again?

Well, I’m going back outside to tamp down those ridges in my yard and repair the damage that mole has done to my flowerbeds. Any suggestions on how to get rid of moles and did I do the gassing the right way?



rm_mainevern 51M
10197 posts
8/26/2006 10:52 am

Generally if you're going to go the gas route, you need to find and block all the other exits you can find from their tunnels. They make "bombs" for doing that too, but I don't think anything works as well as good ol car exhaust. Our family cats used to catch and kill them too.

Nothing does as much damage as a lawn full of moles.

Should we call you "mole killer" now?

Vern

I Wanna Pull Purpletrashcan's Fucking Hair!


wickedeasy 66F  
25406 posts
8/26/2006 1:31 pm

eek

i'm not sure i could have done that

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


ButteryDelight 58F

8/26/2006 11:03 pm

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    eek

    i'm not sure i could have done that
well..it probably didn't work, WE. So, I'm either going to have to try gassing them again, buy a trap or try some poison granulas.

Buttery Delight


pudg3469 62M

8/27/2006 4:59 am

here in east tn we have what is called mole beans they grow into a very pretty purple and green plant with purple flowers. once they start to come up the moles are gone. the plants get real tall and cold weather kills them but they come back in the spring. maybe you can find some mole bean seed and try that. gassing is a short term solution that is very effective
pr


Cozy_Red 50F

8/27/2006 5:12 am

Wow Ive never heard of getting rid of them that way.






rm_CuummDrop 48F
2591 posts
8/27/2006 11:07 am

When i had my garden,, i never had a problem with moles,, it was the rabbits... those lil pesky suckers would eat everything in the garden, regardless if there was a fence or not...

Just think,, you put the Mole's to sleep...

Now won't last forever, so use it wisely~c


ButteryDelight 58F

8/27/2006 11:43 am

    Quoting pudg3469:
    here in east tn we have what is called mole beans they grow into a very pretty purple and green plant with purple flowers. once they start to come up the moles are gone. the plants get real tall and cold weather kills them but they come back in the spring. maybe you can find some mole bean seed and try that. gassing is a short term solution that is very effective
    pr
i didn't know about the mole beans. i wonder how many plants i will need? i will do some looking on the Web for them. Thanks a lot. i appreciate it.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/27/2006 11:48 am

    Quoting Cozy_Red:
    Wow Ive never heard of getting rid of them that way.
me neither Cosy Red..my parents used to just plunge a watering hose in the hole and drowned them out. But, with this drought..i don't dare waste water on that.

Thank you for stopping by and leavinga comment.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/27/2006 11:51 am

    Quoting rm_CuummDrop:
    When i had my garden,, i never had a problem with moles,, it was the rabbits... those lil pesky suckers would eat everything in the garden, regardless if there was a fence or not...

    Just think,, you put the Mole's to sleep...
LOL, Wendy..not really. Unless it was for a short nap cause last night the darn thing was sitting on that stump again!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/27/2006 11:54 am

    Quoting spunky11961:
    Well I had this problem at the farm,I hooked up a roller to a tracter and packed down the whole yard!It Works! You can do this with a riding lawn mower and a lawn roller,or if ya can sfford it hire it done,Good luck with that,They are pesky and can really do some damage!
    ~spunky
lol Spunky..i can just see me on a tractor. Though i do know how to drive one..how would i maneuver it under neath all my trees?..

Hmmm. Something to think about!

Buttery Delight


pudg3469 62M

8/27/2006 2:18 pm

3 OR 4 SHOULD DO IT PUT THEM IN DIFFERENT AERAS OF UR FLOWER BEDS OR GARDEN


rm_muffin162 55M
763 posts
8/27/2006 3:54 pm

Shame on you Buttery,you have killed a creature for what,what harm did it do you,i will not visit you anyone more.


tadpudgy 56M

8/27/2006 5:59 pm

Ever notice moles and mole crickets share commonalities? I have heard of several "old wives tales"...... but sadly, the creatures always have ways of annoying you and causing havoc!!!!! Good luck Ms D! "I got you now you wasscally wabbit!" HUG=GASMS!!!


rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
8/27/2006 11:52 pm

Based on the condition of your yard, I do beleive you have (or had) moles. But I've never heard of a mole getting up on a stump. Did you see any eyes? Because moles are essentially blind, and their eyes aren't generally very visible. Also, do you live around water? Like within a quarter mile or so of a lake or stream? I'm thinking if you initially mistook it for a cat, and it was about that size, you may have seen a Nutria. (google image it, see if that's what it looked like)

tires


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:36 am

    Quoting pudg3469:
    3 OR 4 SHOULD DO IT PUT THEM IN DIFFERENT AERAS OF UR FLOWER BEDS OR GARDEN
Thank you..I will try it.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:39 am

    Quoting rm_muffin162:
    Shame on you Buttery,you have killed a creature for what,what harm did it do you,i will not visit you anyone more.
Muffin... I'm sorry you feel that way. But, that critter has caused several hundred dollars worth of dammage to my flower beds. Moles are considered pests and many, not just I get rid of them.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:41 am

    Quoting tadpudgy:
    Ever notice moles and mole crickets share commonalities? I have heard of several "old wives tales"...... but sadly, the creatures always have ways of annoying you and causing havoc!!!!! Good luck Ms D! "I got you now you wasscally wabbit!" HUG=GASMS!!!
mole crickets?..i've not heard of them..what are those, Tad?

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:45 am

    Quoting rm_titsandtires:
    Based on the condition of your yard, I do beleive you have (or had) moles. But I've never heard of a mole getting up on a stump. Did you see any eyes? Because moles are essentially blind, and their eyes aren't generally very visible. Also, do you live around water? Like within a quarter mile or so of a lake or stream? I'm thinking if you initially mistook it for a cat, and it was about that size, you may have seen a Nutria. (google image it, see if that's what it looked like)

    tires
tires....my husband agrees with you. As one we do live near water..a small lake right near us. And two, like you said, moles do not get on stumps. BUT..my husband did find a mole dead in another part of the yard. When he showed it to me it did not look like what I saw on the stump. So..apparently I had two different critter problems..lol.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 12:41 pm

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Reading the comments..I learned alot about moles tonight...lol.
LOL..so did I mizhuny.

i appreciate the comments that i recieved as well as the information.


tadpudgy 56M

8/28/2006 5:04 pm

Mole cricket is a burrowing, lawn destroying little bug. I guess it may be related to the cricket, but does more damage! GRR=GASMS. Hugs to you my friend!!


pudg3469 62M

8/28/2006 7:17 pm

I HAVE LOCATED SOME EXTRA MOLE BEANS SEED IF U WOULD LIKE I CAN MAIL THEM TO YOU. IF U WANT TO LEAVE AND ADDRESS WOULD BE FINE OR E-MAIL ON 2 AdultFriendFinder I AM GETTING A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE BLOG THING. JUST DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO HEAR MY RANTS, RAVES, STORIES. MAYBE WITH A LITTLE MORE COURAGE I WILL OPEN MORE THANKS FOR LETTING ME RAMBLE
I CAN SEND THEM 2 YA. THANKS PR


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:34 pm

    Quoting tadpudgy:
    Mole cricket is a burrowing, lawn destroying little bug. I guess it may be related to the cricket, but does more damage! GRR=GASMS. Hugs to you my friend!!
tad..i googled Mole Cricket. i found some very interesting information. I learned a lot. Mostly about the five different species and different methods of controlling them.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/28/2006 11:51 pm

    Quoting pudg3469:
    I HAVE LOCATED SOME EXTRA MOLE BEANS SEED IF U WOULD LIKE I CAN MAIL THEM TO YOU. IF U WANT TO LEAVE AND ADDRESS WOULD BE FINE OR E-MAIL ON 2 AdultFriendFinder I AM GETTING A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE BLOG THING. JUST DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO HEAR MY RANTS, RAVES, STORIES. MAYBE WITH A LITTLE MORE COURAGE I WILL OPEN MORE THANKS FOR LETTING ME RAMBLE
    I CAN SEND THEM 2 YA. THANKS PR
well..i am not sure why people read me blog either. i have alot fo readers but not many comment.

i blog because i like to write and am much betetr at expressing my thoughts and feelings with the written word instead of the spoken.

Buttery Delight


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