Check with your local animal control officers. At least in this area, they have traps that they "loan" for free and will even haul off what you catch.
Back to the beginning. Your qrz listing says you live in Ohio. I don't think gophers live in Ohio, but could be wrong. In NJ we don't have gophers, but we do have tons of ground hogs and moles and voles. Groundhogs don't dig up a lawn, they have a home underground, but it does not leave a raised visible tunnel above ground. Normally in residential areas their entrances are under a deck, a log pile, next to a fallen tree root, etc. There is almost always a pile of dirt next to it where they dug. They are 500 times larger than a mole or vole.
Originally Posted by KA8RAW
You are wasting your time and money if you pay someone to set a trap to get rid of moles. First of all they don't come up above ground looking for food, and even if they did, and you got all of them, more would return next week. No matter what you do, (do some research on reputable sites) the experts say the most effective way to solve the problem is to eliminate their food supply. Guns, poison, bombs, and gasoline solutions are all entertaining, but when you get serious get rid of their food supply.
Two words....bubble gum!
Shove some down their hole and wait.
Cruel, but it will kill them.
Since there definitely are groundhogs in northwestern Indiana, I suspect that they are in Ohio as well! Sometimes you will see them standing next to the road.
Interstate roadways must be the preferred mode which the enemy uses to travel to other states...
Originally Posted by K9STH
73 de Charles - KC8VWM
North American QRP CW Club #3159, SKCC# 5752
I have never seen one standing by an Interstate Highway, but they probably do. The ones that I have seen were standing next to "normal" highways (i.e. state and U.S.). After my mother's funeral, as the procession was going to the cemetery, we passed 3 or 4 groundhogs, each about a mile apart, standing at attention while facing the roadway. I have no idea as to why, but it "looked like" the groundhogs were paying honor!
Aim a speaker down the hole and play Slim Whitman records through it. Hey, it worked for Martians!
I sat and watched the yard from about 4:00 am until the sun came up, I did not see anything. I was ready, I had a .177 caliber pellet gun handy, that would put a hole in a 1/2" piece of plywood, I don't think their heads are quite that tough. I will try again tonight sometime.
So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.