WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

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WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

Prairie Dogs That Is!

ND Prairie Dog

When this spring arrived, my first spring in this office location, I thought it was cool to see a gopher/prairie dog. It was a sure sign of spring. They are so cute and they just play so much it's got to make you happy. They also whistle. Problem is... they dig, and dig, and dig. They also breed faster then rabbits. The office yard now has a zillion holes in it, makes mowing a bumby ride.

What to do? The neighboring office (people I like) have a Scottie named Lilly and she loves to go after the gophers. She hasn't caught one yet and I doubt she ever will. I don't want to accidently poison Lilly trying to get rid of my non-rent paying guests. There are so many holes in my yard it would take as much water as the flood to drowned them out. I could spend half my day plugging up the holes only to find everyone open the next day and maybe a couple of more.

Anyone have some suggestions that won't break the bank or my back? Please hurry, the 2nd generation will be giving birth soon.

Bob Timm, Realtor, Minot ND 58701

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Kalene Bagwell
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Bob,  we have moles where I live but nothing like what you are dealing with! What a pain! Can you call the dog catcher?! LOL

May 23, 2012 08:01 AM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Kalene, I love your wit! I'd love to catch them in my live trap but then what do you do with them? I don't have anyone I'd wish them on.

May 23, 2012 08:04 AM #2
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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They're cute, but I'd be worried about turning an ankle in one of those holes. Sounds like you need a herd of dogs to keep these things away.

May 23, 2012 08:07 AM #3
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I would love to hear a solution. I have two holes that keep appearing in my backyard under my garage, so far I'm O-8 with my traps.

May 23, 2012 08:19 AM #4
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Wayne and Jean, that is a very real worry and very real liability. I like your suggestion, going to the local "Rent A Herd Of Dogs Shop" right after lunch (can't seem to find them in the phone book though".

Adrain, I have found sand in the hole slows them down... for awhile. I'd go the poison route if it were not for my friends, and Lilly, next door.

May 23, 2012 08:25 AM #5
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Dale Bledsoe
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This is just simply an excellent post. I have seen these things but never had to live with them. Don't have any idea what to suggest but hope you figure something out. We all have our own unique set of problems (we had birds getting in the office for a while) and it always good to hear of someone else's problems to give you a laugh. Thanks for posting your unique problem.

May 23, 2012 09:29 AM #6
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That would be difficult.  We haven't had any problems with prarie dogs, but we do have rabbits everywhere.  I hope you find a solution soon!

May 23, 2012 09:33 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Dale, thanks for the enlightenment. I think I'd rather have birds but then again they can make a mess of the paperwork... literally.

Lawrence, I'd probably have a harder time with bunnies. Poisoning them would not even cross my mind.

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HAven't seen from you in a while but no, we had moles and I don't know how to get rid of them.. I never thought of poisoning my animals.. I know that sounds bad, but I just wanted them gone. Can you smoke them out?

May 23, 2012 10:50 AM #9
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Tammy, it's good to be back and I hope to stay regular this time. The University Research Station here says that smoke cartridges are available. A 1/2 case (50) is $75.00 and a full case is $148. (big break there... not). In the email I received it doesn't indicate what to do once you have smoked them out. I'm wondering, are you supposed to grab them or what when they get smoked out? How do you stop them from running into the next hole 2 feet away? Maybe I need dynamite!

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