This blog is a place to share, learn and sometimes laugh about ground squirrels and prairie dogs. My days are spent talking about ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and other burrowing rodents. I am also a Speaker at Seminars throughout California, educating people on IPM and organic methods of controlling their populations.
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Squirrel Busters Organic Squirrel Abatement in Madera County & Beyond
Squirrel Busters Organic Squirrel Abatement consists of the dynamic duo of Mark and Wyatt Trost. They are a father and son team that won the ground squirrel battle on their own land in Chowchilla, California. Their almonds and grapes are safer and are they are out saving others from those dastardly diggers! Read about Wyatt's ground squirrel experiences:
Wyatt Trost checking the sand level in the Burrow Blocker hopper.
"When I first heard about the Burrow Blocker machine, squirrels were already a major problem in our field. My dad and I had tried a
variety of things from stuffing a flare down the hole to different poisons. I
remember the last method we tried before finding the Burrow Blocker. When we
found a hole in the ground and we stuck a pellet in it. This pellet had some fancy
scientific name that I can never seem to remember. When it came in contact with
moisture it would turn into a gas. I found it fascinating, but the gas was just
as deadly to us as to the squirrels.
sitting at the computer typing on one of my stories, if you haven’t guessed I
have a thing for writing, and my dad shows me a packet of papers. The title
read Burrow Blocker and the picture was of a trailer with a water tank and a
hopper, I later learned that it was for sand. I read the description for the machine. It
used water to carry sand into a burrow and fill it up. This prevented a squirrel
from moving back into the hole. It also kept the hole from becoming a sink
hole. All one needed to do was place a hose in the hole and let it flow. It
sounded too easy. I liked it. I was all for it, but it took my dad some
convincing. He wanted to be sure I was all in.
was 2011. The Burrow Blocker sat in our field for a demonstration. My dad and I
had flagged some of the worst holes in the row. The Burrow Blocker filled in
about four of them. But something to remember is the size of the hole has to be
accounted for. One of those four holes was one of the biggest burrows in the
field. And to this very day those holes are still full of sand. My dad and I
own a Burrow Blocker now. It’s completely safe, no chemicals and it gets rid of
the squirrel. I find it far more effective than any other method we tried in
the past. It is a little faster, too. My dad and I worked four rows at once when
we first tried it on our own.
Mark Trost filling a ground squirrel hole.
Before we could start Squirrel Busters, we needed to get licensed. The Burrow Blocker machine doesn't use any chemicals, yet we had to
get a qualified applicator’s license, which is for applying chemicals. They told me that the method developed for Burrow Blocker was so new that there was
no license made specific for the use of organic squirrel abatement. Overall, in
my opinion, the Burrow Blocker makes a nasty business cleaner and safer."
Last month, Burrow Blocker sub-contracted Squirrel Busters to help us fill ground squirrel holes in over 400 acres in the Central Valley. This large job required 2 Burrow Blocker machines running from dusk to dawn. Thanks to Squirrel Busters help, we finished the job and we both continue to work together to provide follow-up maintenance service on this site. Mark and Wyatt are dependable professionals, and the bonus is that they are fun to work with!
To learn more about burrowing rodents and Burrow Blocker ground squirrel control, go to: burrowblocker.com or call: (925) 634-9204.
For ground squirrel control service in Madera and beyond, contact Squirrel Busters Organic Squirrel Abatement - Mark (559) 474-5449 or Wyatt (559) 232-4738.
Do you know the difference between a Ground Squirrel and a Gopher?
If you are battling burrowing rodents on your property, after awhile you might just start channeling Carl Spackler, Bill Murray's character in the movie, Caddyshack.
Remember when Sandy McFiddish, the head groundskeeper of the golf course told Carl, in his rich Scottish accent, "Carl, I want you to kill all the golfers on the golf course."?
Carl replied, " Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key."
Sandy yelled, " Not golfers, you great fool! Gophers, rodents! THE LITTLE BROWN, FURRY THINGS!"
Carl replied, "We can do that. We don't even need a reason."
Remember that destructive dancing gopher in Caddyshack? (Be patient...it has a long intro.)
Most of the people that visit this blog, do have a reason. They want those destructive diggers to just stop destroying their land and devouring their crops. The …
Ground squirrel holes! They can destroy beautiful landscaping and make athletic fields and pastures hazardous. Ground squirrel holes are much more than an unsightly nuisance, they can cause serious injuries.
How do you get rid of ground squirrel holes?
Often people grab a shovel and start pushing the dirt surrounding the hole back in. That's usually not enough dirt on the outside, so they get more dirt and keep shoveling it in until it looks full. Surprise! The next day the hole is back.
After trying dirt, rocks are often the next choice. Again, the next day, the hole is often back. Why doesn't filling in ground squirrel holes using a shovel work? Shoveling in the holes is often unsuccessful, because the ground squirrel is hiding in a lower portion of the tunnel system and they dig their way out.
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…
Are ground squirrels making you a little nutty? What crazy methods have you tried to control them?
Before we created the Burrow Blocker, our ranch was over run by ground squirrels. We were so desperate for solutions that we tried almost everything to get their population under control. Since we didn't want to risk poisoning our dogs, cats or other wildlife with pesticides, we tended to get pretty creative. Here are a few crazy things that we've tried: Wrigley's Gum - I'm not sure why it had to be Wrigley's gum but we heard it worked, so we tried it. First we put the sticks of gum in the holes and a few weeks later, when the ground squirrels were as plentiful as ever, we thought maybe we should have chewed it first. We had lots of holes and lots of gum and our jaws got tired pretty quickly. All we ended up with was fresh breath and gum stuck to our shoes...and still too many ground squirrels. Water - The next idea was to just flush them out with water. We put the hos…