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 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 filled from the bottom up.
|Mike & Pepper using the Burrow Blocker machine to fill a ground squirrel hole.|
|The slurry looks like dirty water. See the handful of sand?|
|The water is absorbed into the soil and all that is left is the sand. |
This filled hole has Pepper's paw of approval!
Getting rid of ground squirrel holes is a form of habitat modification. By completing filling the hole, the ground squirrel's home along with its stored food and bedding is gone.