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E1A2BB82-5896-4027-965D-6649D4618632.jpeg  I just got back from being gone for a couple days with work and I find 6 new mounds. I have probably already washed away 10 mounds with the water hose in the last month. When I wash  them away I don’t even see a hole so I guess he fills them in behind him??  Is this a mole or a gopher?  What’s the best way to kill it?  Thanks!!
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AussiePete
The little bugger!  I’m glad we don’t have them here in Australia.  I have no idea on how to get rid of him, but I reckon you will have to do it soon.
Good luck.
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A few 'glugs' of bleach and ammonia in each hole. Repeat if necessary. Or, borrow a friends dog for a few days. We had a dog that could hear them I swear, then he'd dig them up, shake them in his mouth a few times and drop them. Done. Pretty impressive. 

Can't tell from here if they are moles or what. If your neighbor's have these mounds, ask them. 
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Looks like a mole to me. I use these traps. Expensive but very effective. I caught 18 in one month last year. Set them in the runs not at the holes.
https://www.amazon.com/Wire-Tek-EasySet-Eliminator-Powerful/dp/B07Q23MNP3/ref=asc_df_B07Q23MNP3/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343252263962&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12653876742787289582&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9023568&hvtargid=pla-728325650383&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=69476869899&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=343252263962&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12653876742787289582&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9023568&hvtargid=pla-728325650383
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>>A few 'glugs' of bleach and ammonia in each hole.

I think a few sticks of dynamite would be safer to use than mixing bleach and ammonia.

-Jim

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Steve66
Pouring stuff in the holes doesn't work because they don't reuse them. They will feed all over your yard until you kill them. 
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25 502s
Someone said they are eating grubs?  With the shape my yard is in I probably have a ton of grubs. 

BTW do grubs turn into June bugs??
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25 502s
Steve66 wrote:
Looks like a mole to me. I use these traps. Expensive but very effective. I caught 18 in one month last year. Set them in the runs not at the holes.


ooh, that looks fun!!
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Steve66
The grubs don't turn into June bugs. Some will tell you to spray the grubs to get rid of their food source but that really doesn't work so well because they also eat earthworms. It's a war of attrition. You have to kill them to get rid of them. I've been through all of this already.
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25 502s
I know I have a ton of earthworms. I see the all over the porch when it rains. 
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Sandman
If you also have tunnels just below sod (you will notice sod pushed up).....if you can catch it when its fairly new, flood it with garden hose & have a pitchfork ready.....mole will come out of the ground
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...and stomp the runs down, wait about two hours and watch for them to reopen them and flip them out with a spade or for even more entertainment blast the mound of moving earth with your favorite shotgun. Learned that from grandpa. 
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I had one in my front yard and after buying several poisons, I borrowed my neighbors guillotine spike trap and nailed him overnight. They do reuse their tunnels and the trick is using it on a fresh tunnel. Never had one again, after that. Good luck..campinut..
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Smaller grubs turn into oriental beetles, Japanese beetles and European chafers. Bigger grubs could be June beetles. Hardware stores sell smoke bombs you can use or plastic worms laced with rodenticide.
You are in Texas? Those aren't fire ant mounds?
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25 502s
Emorr123 wrote:

You are in Texas? Those aren't fire ant mounds?


Yes Texas. But we don’t have fire ants in the panhandle (yet). Plus I’ve seen him partially one time. I grabbed the water hose but it just ran and ran. Probably just making the ground nice and soft for him. 
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Would be a pocket gopher.  Moles make tunnels and just heave the soil where they go.
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25 502s
Steve66 wrote:
...even more entertainment blast the mound of moving earth with your favorite shotgun. Learned that from grandpa. 


That would be fun but I would be arrested in a few minutes. Lol
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Cover over all of the holes except one, light one of these, drop it in the last hole and then cover it over as well. Once you light it do not breathe until you have the last hole covered over and step away. These things are like pure sulphur. 

https://www.domyown.com/giant-destroyer-smoke-bombgasser-p-837.html
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25 502s
Would a mole trap work on a gopher and vice verse?
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25 502s wrote:


Yes Texas. But we don’t have fire ants in the panhandle (yet). Plus I’ve seen him partially one time. I grabbed the water hose but it just ran and ran. Probably just making the ground nice and soft for him. 
.  Lol....didnt think about you being in Texas.....Being in Michigan fertile soil  & abundance of water we take for granted i guess
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Ah rekkin' this'll get 'er done:



Honestly the best traps I've used are Black Hole rodent traps. Follow the instructions and you'll have dead gophers in hours: https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Spring-Loaded-Outdoor-Control/dp/B000P9F1JQ/ref=asc_df_B000P9F1JQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198092304429&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17142933143623493902&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033195&hvtargid=pla-319869407248&psc=1
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25 502s
Wow, so many good ideas. The smoke 💣 seem like a good idea. 

As for all the explosive ideas, remember I live in a packed residential area. I guess with the 4th coming up I could try and blend them in with the upcoming fireworks lol. 
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JimL wrote:
>>A few 'glugs' of bleach and ammonia in each hole.

I think a few sticks of dynamite would be safer to use than mixing bleach and ammonia.


You’ve been watching caddyshack too much Jim. Lol
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I've only had success with traps.  Exhaust, bait, smoke devices, water don't work for me.
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I've also heard that chewing gum works on moles...not sure about those pocket gophers though...
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JimL wrote:
>>A few 'glugs' of bleach and ammonia in each hole.

I think a few sticks of dynamite would be safer to use than mixing bleach and ammonia.


Caddyshack!
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Rubing wrote:
Cover over all of the holes except one, light one of these, drop it in the last hole and then cover it over as well. Once you light it do not breathe until you have the last hole covered over and step away. These things are like pure sulphur. 

https://www.domyown.com/giant-destroyer-smoke-bombgasser-p-837.html
  I use the same thing Greg. They work great. I use a rifle for groundhogs. They don't like .308 or .762.
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Interesting critters you have in your area. They can be really pesky if you have a vegetable plot in your lawn.
Well, if still you can't get them or use anything explosive, try flooding your entire garden(if its not too large an area), with a strong pesticide solution for ridding termites.
That'll eventually rid almost every living animal in the ground. Plants won't be affected.
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Based the shape of the mounds in the photo I agree with Duane that is a gopher.  Gopher tunnels usually angles upward to the hole and when they push the dirt out it fans out to make that crescent shape.  With moles you can often see a raised tunnel and the mounds are more conical.

The traps Duane showed can be found in most hardware stores for a few dollars and I have had good luck with them.  It is a good idea to attach the trap to a stake with length of wire to prevent the gopher from pulling the trap into the tunnel or a cat from carrying it away with the trapped gopher.

I usually clean the loose dirt out of the hole with a long handled spoon or small trowel, then slide in the trap, and cover the hole with a small board. I'm not sure it helps but I usually put a hand full of grass or weeds into the hole after the trap as bait.  If the hole goes down to an intersection you can put a trap into each tunnel that branches off.

I have a few different styles of traps and I have caught both gophers and moles on all of them.  I haven't tried it but my friend and his neighbors have been having good results using a trap called "Gopher Hawk". 

Good luck.
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We catch more than several pocket gophers on our farm each year, the preferred method is with a cinch trap.

https://cinchtraps.com/

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25 502s
Thanks Brian and everyone. I like the idea of a trap. Then you have a visual that you actually ended his miserable Existence

actually thanks to everyone. I didn’t respond to every suggestion but I definitely read them and took notes. 
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You’ve been watching caddyshack too much Jim. Lol


I never stated that it was a good idea, just safer than mixing bleach and ammonia.    But yes, Caddyshack is an excellent, timeless movie.

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we have an eagle around here so no moles or voles plus we have some owls too.
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I've used road flares a few times. Leave all holes open and stuff a few in a few holes. Have'nt had them back in years
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When you catch the little critter, Jason, bury him in the tunnel. I always hope the stench of a rotting relative chases the next generation away. 
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25 502s
That’s a pretty good idea Greg and Jeff I have an endless supply of railroad fusees (flares). I may try that too. 
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Yes Texas. But we don’t have fire ants in the panhandle (yet).


We may have discussed this in the past, but I'm blank at the moment.  Where in the panhandle?
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25 502s
dbosch wrote:


We may have discussed this in the past, but I'm blank at the moment.  Where in the panhandle?
 

I thought you asked where is the panhandle but I see you live in Amarillo. I’m in Lubbock. 
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This should do it:

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My dad did this for years and I have done it many times. Find the freshest looking hole. If it is closed, open it with a big screwdriver. If It is open, put a couple of leaves over the hole then put some of the dirt on the leaves. My dad used a .22 and so do I, but a strong pellet rifle will work too. Get a chair and place it close to the hole, but not directly in front of the opening so you can't be easily seen. They are usually slanted. Sit and wait for either dirt to start to be pushed into the newly opened hole or for the dirt and leaves to start moving on the freshly closed hole. It takes a little practice to shoot into the dirt at the right location to get the gopher, but it works and it kind of fun if you have patience.
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I’m in Lubbock


Ah, the Hub City.  Spent five years there.  I should have figured that out as I recognized the red dirt in your backyard.
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GeraldJP
I've killed all manner of critters with 110 body gripping traps... relatively inexpensive, easy to use, bombproof, and just good to have in the event you ever need to trap for food. Multiple ways to set, if you decide to go this route I could give you further instructions on a proper set. These can be picked up at at farm and sporting goods stores.


https://www.amazon.com/Duke-Company-0400-Gripping-Animal/dp/B001CEPXRS/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?keywords=110+body+grip+trap&qid=1561931028&s=gateway&sprefix=110+body+&sr=8-8
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As a trapper, that's my first instinct, the easiest route would be gopher bait from Home Depot... $7, sprinkle at each hole, dead gopher.
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From tribal knowledge, or verbal folklore, here's one that seems to work pretty well.  Unfortunately,  no easy body count is possible, and may require more than one application.  It's effective, in my limited experience. 

Open up the hole/run to get good clean access.  Toss in a cup or so of sulphur pellets, then burn it up with a Propane (GPA!) "weed burner."

(https://harborfreight.com/propane-torch-91033.html  

It quickly fills the underground complex with a toxic deadly gas mixture.  Watch for fresh dirt mounds in the next day or so, and followup if needed.

Bear in mind that some of that deadly toxic gas mixture does escape from the underground complex, so don't breathe it if you use this method.

Edited to add warning!  Sulphur is dangerous for you to breathe, too!  
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I’d suggest checking about what is legal/illegal before attempting anything. Those wildlife officers in my area love to issue tickets. If word gets around in your area and they find out about it.....
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Never tried this but could you put a hose in the exhaust of a car or tractor, etc and put in one of the holes?

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warren wrote:
Never tried this but could you put a hose in the exhaust of a car or tractor, etc and put in one of the holes?


Could be a viable option actually, hadn't thought of this before.
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smarti wrote:
My dad did this for years and I have done it many times. Find the freshest looking hole. If it is closed, open it with a big screwdriver. If It is open, put a couple of leaves over the hole then put some of the dirt on the leaves. My dad used a .22 and so do I, but a strong pellet rifle will work too. Get a chair and place it close to the hole, but not directly in front of the opening so you can't be easily seen. They are usually slanted. Sit and wait for either dirt to start to be pushed into the newly opened hole or for the dirt and leaves to start moving on the freshly closed hole. It takes a little practice to shoot into the dirt at the right location to get the gopher, but it works and it kind of fun if you have patience.


Sounds like a good way to relax one evening with a few cold ones but won’t be able to in city. 

Thanks for the warning Hollis. I probably won’t be telling to many about my plans. 

The car exhaust sounds like a good idea but I can’t even fit a dog in my backyard much less a car. Lol

i think my brother said they had this problem and he has some left over poison. I may try that cheap route first and then check the local Gebos and tractor supply for some traps. 
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