Wednesday, May 18, 2005

thou shalt not kill

ben and i have gophers.. lots of them.. and they are tearing up my front yard, not to mention what they are doing to the foundation of my house.. so we have a couple options.. 1) we can try this ultra sonic device that sends out a noise that apparently the little gophers hate.. however i have heard that this doesn't actually work.. and this device runs on d batteries.. because we shove this device far into the ground, we wont know if the batteries have stopped working, until we get another gopher.. 2) there are many traps we can buy on line that are designed to impale the poor little creatures.. these horrible gadgets look a lot like medieval torture devices.. 3) we can stick juicy fruit down their little holes.. why juicy fruit.. well.. becasue the gophers love this stuff.. and they chew on it.. but then they can't figure out how to get it out of their mouths, and so they keep chewing it until they die of starvation.. 4) we can spray down our lawn with soap and castor oil.. which may or may not work..
so.. i don't know what to do.. letting the little creature get trapped, and having spikes run through their heads and/or bodies doesn't sound pleasant.. although it does sound a little more pleasant than death by incenssent mastication..
the whole problem is that i have seen these little creatures.. and they are very i don't want to kill them.. however they are very destructive.. it is very frustrating to work hard at trying to get your lawn green, and nice.. to come out every morning, and have piles of dirt where my green lawn should be..
so, as of now, i can't quite bring myself to kill the little creatures.. we'll try the soapy water and castor oil thing.. if that doesn't work.. i'm afraid it's time to skewer some gophers..


Anonymous said...

i love juicy fruit gum, i buy it by the case from sam's club, but i am not a gopher, maybe you could just to put the juicy fuit gum in your neighbors yard

The Shib said... they just keep chewing the juicy fruit never knowing they arent eating? And then they die? How long does that take? Does it lose its flavor and then what are they chewing? Bland muck. And doesnt gum at some point start to kind of break down?

Thats fascinating.

chara said...

ok.. so i was wrong.. the juicy fruit is supposed to block their digestion.. so they die.. it takes about two weeks.. doesn't sound kind.

The Shib said...

Its all so very sad.