Montana Gopher Wars: Part 2

Real Estate Agent with Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN

New discovery in the war against gophers at the Thomas acres.  Paint the PVC pipe brown and rub some dirt in it!

Please refer to Montana Gopher Wars:  Part 1 for the introduction to this militant activity.

All of the cable tv my 21 year old son has watched over the years must have paid off!  He's been a fan of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel for years.  He has a look at our great plan for getting gophers to take the bait out of our PVC pipe contraptions and makes a note "Mom, a gopher doesn't want to go in a white hole".  How do you know this I ask? 

He's chased down a few gophers around here, with the dog and his 22 rifle.  What he noticed was, they love to make a B-Line for the flexible black pipe we had laying out for our rain gutters.  We have conducted an experiment, just like the science fair kids do in school.  JT spray painted the PVC pipe brown, including inside the entrance holes.  After just 2 days, more than half of the bait in the brown pipe was gone (he also rubbed dirt in the entrance holes).  The bait in the white PVC pipe looked untouched!

Below are some pictures of the PVC pipe, JT and again the dog (the gopher whisperer).

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Link to Montana Gopher Wars Part 1

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Wanda Thomas

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Comments (3)

Justin Douglass
Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate - Portland, ME

so do you catch any gophers? what do you do with them? i wonder why they dont like white?

Apr 04, 2009 01:45 PM
Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Hi Wanda--Over on one of the other groups, there was a post about red balloons stuffed into the gopher holes... She hasn't seen any for days.  I'm going to give that a try myself!

Apr 04, 2009 02:59 PM
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Justin--the dog can catch them sometimes, and brings them to me as a prize??  The bait is taken down the holes and it takes a couple of days for the rodent to bite the dust, and stay in the dust.

Tamara--well I haven't heard of that one before, but I'm ready to try anything

Apr 04, 2009 04:26 PM