We are over run with ground squirrels and turned to the Giant Destroyer flares with high hopes of ridding our place of hopefully most/ALL? of these damn damaging diggers!
We spent three and a half hours gathering stones, preparing the holes, lighting the flares (one package was missing a fuse), inserting them in the active tunnels, blocking the entrances while being careful to keep the flares clear and smoking, trapping the smoke in the passages...we ended up doing 26 sites. PHEW!! Well, that's done! (We thought with a rueful smile)
As we went in for a now-late lunch we saw smoke billowing near our side fence! We ran over and discovered one flare had set roots on fire and it had erupted in flames above ground! Thankfully, we found it in time and extinguished what could have been a devastating (and really embarrassing!) neighborhood disaster!
Later that afternoon, we returned to survey what we expected to be a silent battle field only to see NO CHANGE IN ACTIVITY! Within one hour at the barn and round pen I counted 27 ground squirrels scampering about, laughing at our pathetically futile efforts!
We know they had been in the tunnels while we were flaring because one panicked critter actually pushed the stone out of his way and out of my hands blasting out of the hole with a lit flare in it while I was plugging it up - scared the bejesus out of me!!
Haven't found a poison that works either,
So don't know what next to do - but don't waste your time with Giant Destroyers!
The 1 star is for the company issuing a return label and refunding our purchase price in full. (They wouldn't pay for our labor time!) A total waste of time and effort!
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