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Has anyone used the electronic gopher/mole repellers? If so, what was your experience?
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If they were...I'd think I'd hear more about it. We have a gopher and mole issue in my area...not to mention other pests like rattle snakes and wild hogs.
I lived near a private golf course that had a problem with gophers and moles...traps were the only solution. Unfortunately, the traps also reduced the squirrel population.
I know someone mention cats as a solution for rats...not so, but cats are very good at catching gophers and moles. I have 3 outdoor cats, and 4 others who hang out and eat at my house every morning (I won't claim them)...and they are catching gophers left and right. They can hear them under ground and they lay in wait. Even after they've just polished off a plate of 9-lives...there's always room for fresh gopher. It's weird though...half the cats hunt for sport, and the other half hunt for food.
The local "coyote patrol" insures that there are no "outdoor cats" in my neighborhood. For that matter, I haven't seen a single stray cat/dog in the 5 years I've lived here, so cats are not an option. I'm giving the devices a try (hey, it's only a "few bucks" and will let you all know if they actually do anything useful.
I am here in Oregon on high ground, and the moles and gophers made my lawn look like a post war battle field.
I have tried zappers, smoke bombs, everything!!!!!!!!The only thing that has helped some what is the stray cat who showed up after we moved in, and the scary old fashioned traps that only my hubby can set.
I'm in CA and have tried everything as well. Everything does include poison, smoke bombs, and the electronic (ultra-sound) device/repeller (they are not cheap, BTW). The constant buzzing didn't annoy the gophers but drove my boyfriend insane.The only thing that worked in my case was a gopher trap - very unpleasant, but effective. After catching four gophers, we are enjoying a break from them. I'm sure more gophers will be back after they discover my backyard is available. Meanwhile, I need to buy more traps to be prepared for next invasion...
Placed two of the devices in my back yard this weekend (just a little overkill based on product specs, but I figured I'd give them every chance to work). I'll let you all know if they do any good.
As an aside, my father-in-law said that his father had shown him how to make mechanical noise-makers (using iron rods and whirli-gigs) to do the same thing as the electronic chasers I put in. Gives me a little hope that these might work.
I put the devices in last about 8 days ago...and it looks like the gopher(s) have left. No new activity (mounds), and the mounds we messed with have not been re-opened. Hoping that I'm not jinxing myself by posting this.
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