Every few years I deal with a problem that nags thousands of people around the area: gophers.
I've tried running a hose from a vehicle exhaust to their holes, tried flooding them out with water, tried trapping them. No doubt I've tried a few other extreme measures that I've since forgotten about, probably because they didn't work.
Then I discovered Gopher Gassers – paper cartridges you light and shove into the hole, fuse ends first. They give off toxic fumes that worked the first few time I used them.
But this year, the gophers I'm fighting must be wearing gas masks.
A longtime friend, Pam Smith, says she's had luck dropping habanero peppers in gopher holes. She got this tip from a book that said the gophers will “dig to China” to get away from the peppers.
Now gophers are something I'd like to see us export to China.