No Return of the Gophers Yet!

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Camco Realty

Last week I ran post about how I seem to have gotten rid of pocket gophers by using red balloons:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1005512/Got-Gophers-Get-Red-Balloons

Pocket gophers and red balloonsBased on a hint from my sister, whose 3-year-old son had gotten rid of their gophers problem by stuffing a red balloon down the gopher hole, I tried the same trick on the pocket gopher(s) that had been destroying my front lawn for a year. It seemed to do the trick, but sounded too weird to be possible.

I kept wondering if maybe my gopher had just take the day off, or perhaps stayed in bed with a 48-hour bug. But no--

It's been more than 10 days now, and no more gopher holes anywhere!

Yeah, I know, it could be coincidence--- maybe the gopher(s) just happened to die of old age the same day I stuck the balloons down their holes. Maybe I just happened to pick the very day that they had already decided to pack up and get of of Dodge...(OK, Bosque Farms!)

But it just doesn't seeme likely. Ten gopher-free days after months of dealing with nice new holes and crescent-shaped mounds every morning have made a believer out of me. Apparently gophers are allergic to red balloons, so spread the word!

 

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Rainer
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

You may have stumbled upon a whole new product. I can't find any other information on red balloons and gophers except your post.

Mar 31, 2009 10:45 AM #1
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Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Oh let it be so!  Actually, we have ground squirrels in Tahoe, but we do have gophers in Napa.  I can't wait to try it!

Mar 31, 2009 03:44 PM #2
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Maybe red balloons are bad Feng Shui for gophers?  I say, if it works, keep doing it.

Apr 01, 2009 09:52 AM #3
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Sabrina, I'd certainly never heard of it either. Trust the 3-year-old to come up with something no adult would ever think of! Silvia, the "bad Feng Shui for gophers" is as good an idea as any!

Tamara, I never thought it would work, but I checked again today-- 12 days now, no gopher! It's certainly cheap and easy to try! 

Apr 01, 2009 01:31 PM #4
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Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Laura--I'm back in Napa tomorrow, so I'm stopping at the party store on my way!  Still a little too much snow in Tahoe to need them yet...

Apr 01, 2009 03:51 PM #5
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

I saw the little rodents scurrying around today. I am wondering what the horses will think of the red ballooned landscape. keep me posted on your experience Tamara. I am planning to plant balloons and bulbs on Sunday.

Apr 01, 2009 07:35 PM #6
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Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

I'll let you know when I've got  a few days under my belt.  I'll be showing a Napa Valley winery tomorrow, but hope to get the balloons "planted" on Saturday!  Can't wait for it to work!

Apr 02, 2009 03:51 AM #7
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Let me know how you do, Sabrina and Tamara! Here's hoping it's not just NM gophers that are allergic to the things!

Apr 02, 2009 01:17 PM #8
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

So, Sabrina and Tamara, did the idea work for you? I'm at a month of gopher-free days so far!

Apr 28, 2009 09:37 AM #9
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Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Hi Laura--Never did get them out in Napa... the kids ran off with them first!  In Tahoe, I did get them out, but they never touched them...  I don't know if it's because they're smarter, didn't like red or are just determined to be a menace!  Maybe I should have tried some other colors??? ;- )

Aug 13, 2009 03:27 PM #10
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