Little Known Facts
about moles, gophers and other ground burrowing pests
Gophers and moles (shrews, voles, et.al.) belong in the ecological chain, but if you are like most of us, you would sooner they "earn their living" in a place other than your yard or garden.
Gophers and moles fall into two basic categories when it comes to what they consume: meat eaters and vegetarians. Typically, a mole creates "surface" tunnels when it is foraging and the gopher will push up mounds.
If you have suffered the ravages of any of these critters you know they are not stupid, they sense danger and they learn. That is to say, they become bait-wise, trap-wise, and learn to avoid all our efforts to eradicate them.
When suiting up to go to war with these capable, clever little adversaries it is wise to arm yourself with as much information about the enemy as possible or you too may find yourself developing obsessive behavior (like sitting up until three or four a.m. with a shotgun waiting for them).
From various studies, we have learned their populations seem to explode in seven year cycles. It is common to find litters of 12 young. Born to dig, they have teeth at infancy. Weaning from the nest happens early on - usually within a month. Having to eat their own body weight daily, they will eat/dig their way to a piece of ground they can claim as home. Once established, it will take up its solitary life, caught in its insatiable rounds of digging and eating.
It is not my wish to be the bearer of ill tidings, but the damage you see is just the tip of the iceberg. Miles of tunnels are dug at the 2- to 4-foot level deep in the earth. Many uninformed people believe moles "hibernate" in the winter. Having to eat their own body weight daily, their metabolism will not allow them to store fat. As the surface of the ground gets cold, their food source goes deeper -- so does the mole. In the spring, you think "Oh no, they're back" when the truth is, they never left.
Gophers and Moles will "share" tunnels, but no two will live together. They are ferocious about defending their territory.
Imagine an ever-growing population (as many as 12 per litter) with each needing to find its own feeding ground. Now imagine a city block completely filled with homes. Someone vacates. The neighbor just kicked twelve starving children out of the house. Get the picture? Tunneling systems (and nests) are set up like neighborhoods underground. Eliminate one resident and (depending on density of population) it won't be long before a new starving relative moves in.
Are you completely depressed? Wait! Be of good cheer! "Molechaser" is a long-term, cost-effective solution to the problem and this is why. Remember the first time you burned your hand on a red hot anything? You didn't do that again because you realized through pain that was a bad experience. Psychologists call it a trauma which imprints an engram on the psyche that creates a habit or learned behavior. You've been "conditioned".
The same is true in the animal realm - Pavlov proved it with his dogs. Introduce a frequency of sound into the "domain" of a gopher/mole, etc. that can evoke a physical response (like humans hearing clawing fingernails down a blackboard) and you will soon get a response.
Let's take you or I, we're reading the evening paper quietly at home, when suddenly a screeching sound begins. Chances are you will try to track down the noise and fix it. Just as that is predictable behavior for us, so it is for the gopher/mole. It won't be long before it tries to discover the irritating sound and see if it can be eliminated. He'll put up a mighty fight -- sometimes lasting between one and two weeks, but finally, exhausted, he realizes he cannot co-exist with the relentless screech of the Molechaser -- he gives up and moves on to more peaceful surroundings, but where does he go if not right into his neighbor's "domain". If he is stronger he will drive out his neighbor and where does the new mole go? Could this new "untrained" critter find his way into the area of the MoleChasers "domain"?. Of course. Will he become conditioned like his predecessor? Of course. Will he leave? Bet on it!
And better yet, every time a gopher/mole becomes "trained," it will not return to the "screeching" area. Before you know it, an extraordinary thing takes place: your yard or garden will be clear of these pests. The "conditioned" gopher/mole will take up residence at the outer perimeter of the Molechaser's range and become a "defender" of your reclaimed yard and garden! You might think "How can that be?" The answer's very simple -- they are territorial. Like sentries, they will ward off any new "untrained" intruder.
By now, you can understand why we need to approach this long-term problem with a long-term solution. If you'll exercise a little patience, I assure you, Molechaser is the long-term answer.
Incidentally, Molechaser is patented in several countries (including the U.S.) for its extremely durable canister style and its irritating (to ground-burrowing and nesting critters) frequency. It will not disturb household pets.
The density of underground population will determine how long it will take to "train" a neighborhood. The worst case we know of is a golf course. It took Molechaser 90 days to clear and keep protected "green #9". Best case was 5 days with zero reoccurrence.
ExamplesSoil conditions determine range.
Worst case example: Sand (at the ocean) -- 15-foot radius. Best case: Hard packed moist clay -- 20-yard radius, in an unobstructed area with no tree roots or rock to impede the sound conductivity. Under optimum conditions, the Sonic Molechaser has been effective in a 11,250 sq. ft area, and the Vibrasonic Molechaser has been effective in a 13,500 sq. ft. area. Your soil?... Experiment! You'll soon learn if you need one, two, or three Molechasers.
We have reclaimed our 1/2 acre lawn that is L-shaped (tiered, with trees), with five Molechasers. Common sense dictates usage.
A parting thought; if gophers and moles live solitary lives -- how do they mate? Answer; Mother nature graced moles with especially acute hearing and sensitivity to vibration (which Molechaser exploits). When the female comes into "season" she begins to "thump" a "sensual" message in her tunnel. The male mole deciphers the message and meets her for the purpose of mating. Business concluded, they return to their respective domains where the female births her litter.
Hopefully we've helped better educate you about the problem you face and why you must gird yourself for the long run. Molechaser is the solution. With thousands sold and a 99% success rate, we're so sure we sell the product with a satisfaction money back guarantee.
Please remember, three things ensure success:
And easy? Once installed, all you need do is change the 4 "D-cell" batteries about every 5 months.Good Luck!
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