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After rolling and filling in depressions from where their tunnels sunk in after a rain and having it look good again in the yard, I went out this morning to find the place looking like an earthquake hit with all the upheavels of dirt and once again sections of my newly laid sod bowed up in the air. So I put the old thinking cap on and decided to hit them back with all I could muster, no holds barred, short of usiing dynamite!

Drug out the tiller (8hp B & S) and untreaded the muffler, and screwed in a pipe nipple. Tried to gas em with carbon monoxide but my hose melted, so I grabbed a LOX servicing hose, had the right pipe threads on one end so it would screw into the nipple and its triple walled stainless and very flexible. Fire up tiller and watch, can't see anything, so I get impatient, and decide to add oil so it will make a smokey exhaust, so I poured some oil into the hose and the heat of the exhaust soon had it smoking pretty good. Still not satisfied, so off to the shed and shop, and I put together a manifold out of some T fittings and old gate valves. NOw I needed some good chemicals that would leave a nasty smell or make it uninhabitable. I find a container of Dursban liquid, and a few other odds and ends in concentrated form. Open up one valve on manifold that is now connected to the tiller, and it allows the exhaust to go directly out of one side of a T without going into the hose. In the other Opening on another T, I pour in my concoction of chemicals, close the valve, and slowly close the valve that vents exhaust prior to the hose. Now all exhaust is going through the hose and as back pressure builds up I can crack open the first valve. Now were getting somewhere, its generating more darn smoke than one could ever imagine. OPen first valve, and second valve add more chemicals and close em and keep the smoke spewing from various holes in the ground here and there. I eased some areas of the tunnels over with dirt to eliminate leakage, without blocking the tunnel under the raised mound sections. I was soon pushing smoke all over the yard, and it looked like an erie picture in a volcano with all the smoke erupting from various places. Even had it coming out of an old tree stump arond its roots. Went along each area and slowly started to tamp down the raised tunnels until I had just about blocked all excaping smoke, and then shut off tiller. So now all is flattened back out, holes filled in and I will just have to wait and see who the victor of this round is........

I have a few more odds and ends up my sleeve in the line of noxious chemicals that make a lot of smoke that should not really cause any environmental harm. Sulphur really stinks bad and lasts a long long time when heated........so tomorrow will tell.
 

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Did you blowem out with TNT? Man, I feel like a trip to AL will be more and more exciting by the minute! I could establish a live uplink video to the tractorforum.com site and you could watch us blow up stuff live! :D

Any interested parties? Hey, I will gladly come over with my Remington 700 PS .308 with 1000yd scope and take out a few of them critters for you! :D

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Mrs Chip "God Damnit Chip, are you playing with those moles again???"

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Wow!!!! I have mole's as well that are really getting my temper going. I was just thinking about getting the poison peanuts, but am not sure about them. We have a basset hound that likes to dig and am afraid she would get the peanuts. She's not the sharpest crayon in the box but I don't want to kill her, at least not that way!!! :devil: Let us know how that works.:nerd:
 

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Why not the ammonia and bleach with the tiller exhaust. Only one thing do not breath the mixture. It is toxic to everything it comes into contact with:devil:
 

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Is it just me or does this entire thread including the depth of dynamite usage and moles remind you of Bill Murray in Caddyshack?

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I had a holy war with chipmunks a few years back. At least they come up into the daylight. I poisoned them, shot them, trapped them, and drowned them. Just like moles, if you have a couple of them, you actually have dozens of the critters. As destructive as they are, I would have no guilt in using any means at my disposal to rid my yard of the little vermin. Good luck Chipmaker! Death and destruction from above to the little furry lawn monsters!
 

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Chip, try the ammonium nitrate/diesel fuel mix. Just pour it down all of the holes after you have snaked a few of those blasing caps in them 5 or 10 feet or so. Then let her rip!!!!!!! army :D
 

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I like that ammonia and bleach idea. I might give it a go on the little bastards that are trenching up my lawn....I know what works for the season, but is only a temporary fix. Sprinkle on lime....it'll make the soil caustic to the mole and aid your grass.
 

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

JULY 4th AT CHIPPY'S HOUSE!!!!!!!!!

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Wow guys, I am not a rocket scientist but the bleach and ammonia idea doesn't sound too good. I thought I had heard that people have died from this combination?? The furr little guys need to go, but we don't need to get hurt in the process!!!:truth:
 

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You are right Stewart ---- Great care and concern --- none of which I can imagine are being conducted with references to everything from dynamite to carbon monoxide to Dursban now to a deadly combination of NaOCL+NH3. outta here

Can someone say, Chlorine Gas? (and that is with the correct mixing %) --- Too much bleach and we have Nitrogen trichloride and too much ammonia and you will have Hydrazine. All 3 of which you really don't want to mess with. I can post more in-depth chemical reactionary info if you are interested. Not being a party pooper, but you really should give careful thought to your actions.

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WHY NOT JUST SET OFF 20 STICKS OF DYNAMITE AND BLOW EM ALL UP AT ONCE? HECK, THATS WHY THEY MAKE FALLOUT SHELTERS AND BOMB SUITS! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!
 

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How about Drowning Them?

Around here the latest environmentally friendly way to get rid of ants is to flood them out. Just put the hose on open end and leave it for a few hours.

As my son says, " Where's the fun in that?"
 

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Originally posted by Argee
THAT'S WHY THEY MAKE RESPIRATORS:D
I still have my old M17 protective mask and a case of unused filters, and if that is not enough I do have a bunch of the older but still servicable chem warfare ensembles, from the gloves down to the booties and hood etc.........ya never know in todays day and age when it all may come in handy

But seriously, I would not think it would be too hazardous if outside and you stay out of downwind of the stuff.........only reason I did not use it was I was afraid of what it may do to grass and plants etc, and Dursban is safe for plants and its an insecticide so it may infiltrate and kill those grubs the moles are after as well as make that tunnel complex smell BAD! I still have a few friends at the local F16 base and could probably scrounge up some Hydrazine :dazed:

I'm gonna whip those critters and thats a promise. I should know some results by the morning.....but then again I have to get up at 3 to have the wife in B'ham by 7 for a Dr's appointment, so it may have to wait until I get back home to see if there was any more activity.
 
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