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Relying on Predators for Ground Squirrel Control

Ground Squirrel and Prairie Dog problems can be frustrating, costly and even dangerous. Can doing nothing be the answer to my ground squirrel problems? 

Relying on Predators for Rodent Control



Rattlesnakes and Gopher snakes eat ground squirrels and prairie dogs. The snakes go after the young squirrels because the adults are not easy prey for them to devour. Adult ground squirrels have even been known to fight and bite snakes, including rattlers! Another interesting fact: male California ground squirrels are sometimes immune to rattle snake venom.

Here's an idea...if you see a gopher snake on the road, safely relocate it to the nearest ground squirrel hole. The snake will have a safe place to hide and may discover dinner inside.

Coyotes & Badgers enjoy eating ground squirrels - when they can catch them. Sometimes they pair up as hunting buddies. The badger digs for the squirrels and the coyote chases them. Check out the video below:



Raptors

Raptors like the Red-tailed hawks, kestrels…
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Hidden Danger in the Grass

Athletic fields, pastures, lawns, fields and orchards can be hiding a potential injury or damage to equipment. 
Can you spot the ground squirrel holes? 

Before it's too late?


Adults, children and even animals such as horses and cows have tripped in ground squirrel holes. Injuries range from embarrassment, a sprained ankle and even broken legs. Sadly, for horses and cows their injuries can be deadly.



Simply mowing the grass becomes a dangerous game when the area is riddled with ground squirrel holes. People have injured their back when their mower hit a ground squirrel hole. Yes, people go out on disability because ground squirrels were considered a little nuisance. 


Besides personal injury, mowers and tractors can be damaged and grass cutting blades dulled. Shakers will refuse to bring in the walnut crops when an orchard has too many holes because they need to protect their workers and equipment.
The Burrow Blocker is the one-step effective green method that many schools, universities, …

Are Ground Squirrels & Gophers the Same Thing?

Question:  Are  Ground Squirrels and a Gophers the same burrowing rodent?
Answer: It depends upon who you ask.
It's common for people in Canada, Montana, and Minnesota refer to ground squirrels as "gophers."  Technically, they are wrong, but what matters is that is that the person they are communicating with uses the same term. 
Some others, think that ground squirrels and gophers are the same digging critter or they truly have no idea what they are dealing with and they call them the first word that comes to mind. Often that word or words are not fit to print - especially if the burrowing rodents are causing extensive damage and their holes are a safety hazard.
Ground squirrels and Gophers actually fairly easy to tell apart. The Gopher is chunkier with beady eyes, small ears, and buck teeth.The Ground Squirrel is sleeker with larger eyes, perky ears, and their front teeth don't dominate their face.  GROUND SQUIRREL
Gophers are underground eaters and love plant roots. A…

Ground Squirrels - Farm Rodent Pests

Ever feel like you are raising ground squirrels? Like their mouse relatives, ground squirrels seek out farms and act like they own the place. They take over pastures, barns and even the animal pens.
Llamas aren't into sharing their space with rodents. Even the calm and peaceful llama can be pushed over the edge by destructive ground squirrels. When the ground squirrel least expects it, the llama will chase after him and may even stomp him to death. 
Llamas aren't known as an effective form of ground squirrel control, but with the proper training, this might be a lucrative business opportunity. LOL


Ground squirrels also like farms because they can pick their own fresh food in the fields or steal food from the farm animals. Chicken feed is one of the favorites and they probably think of it as squirrel feed. Pay attention to how much food your chickens eat. They may not be the big eaters you think they are. Try putting up a surveillance camera and you may be surprised by how many gr…

How To Get Rid of Ground Squirrel Holes

It looks simple. There is a ground squirrel hole. Just start shoveling dirt in it and soon the hole will be gone. Some athletic fields are so riddled with dangerous holes, they bring in tons of dirt and use bobcats to fill the holes. 

Surprise! Before the next day, most of the holes reappear! Fill it again and the same thing happens. Those ground squirrels are persistent little diggers.

Why doesn't filling in ground squirrel holes using a shovel work?

Shoveling in the holes is often unsuccessful, because the hole is topped off with dirt. The ground squirrel is hiding in a lower portion of the tunnel system and they dig their way out as soon as you leave the area.

What is the best way to fill ground squirrel holes?

The Burrow Blocker machine is a fast, easy, and effective way of filling in ground squirrel holes.The patented machine pumps a slurry of sand and water into the hole. The water is absorbed into the soil and all that remains is the sand. The burrows and tunnels are completely …

Why Aren't the Ground Squirrels Hibernating?

What happened to ground squirrels hibernating? We've all heard and maybe even read that California ground squirrels hibernate in the winter. Lately, it looks like the ground squirrels didn't get the memo to go underground and take a hiatus from their daily digging and destruction. Makes me wonder if those jittery squirrels discovered the magical powers of coffee?
In Southern California, caffeine isn't the reason for all of ground squirrel activity - December is the beginning of mating season. That means, unless you do something about all of those ground squirrels, soon you'll have even more of the them to deal with. 
Ground squirrels are out in the winter for different reasons. In higher elevations and colder areas, they are more likely to hibernate. In Northern California, the male ground squirrels, hibernate a month earlier than the females and young. They also wake up a month earlier. When the weather is warm like it has been, they postpone and sometimes even avoid hib…

Ground Squirrel Damage

What kind of damage do ground squirrels' chewing and digging cause?
1.  Destroy Irrigation Ground Squirrel Water Fountains make for a costly and time consuming day. Whether they are thirsty or just like to to chew, either way ground squirrels wreak havoc on irrigation systems. Water is wasted, erosion occurs and the trees or crops don't get the water they need to grow.


2.   Holes...lots of holes. Mention ground squirrel damage and that's the first thing people complain about - holes. It goes far beyond messing up landscaping, which is also a costly problem. Holes are a safety hazard and a liability at parks, farms, and schools. 

3.  Erosion/Levy Safety Issues Ground squirrels digging along canals and levies are a disaster waiting to happen. Their burrows can divert irrigation water and have been known to cause severe damage to levies and other water retention systems. Add heavy rains to burrow systems and the erosion can result in hill slides, serious root erosion in orchards an…