Monday, March 1, 2010
Moles Beware, A Challenge Is Declared!
You might think this sign is a joke, but it is not! This sign is planted in what we around here call the "Mole Super-highway", and believe you me, the moles are a-coming and a-going at a fast pace.( Are there speed limit signs down under?) We have tried for YEARS to rid this section of our lawn and landscaping of moles, instead, the super diggers have increased and improved their underground highways , to encompass our whole 2 and 1/2 acres, and then some. They even have mole hills on our island which means they have been very industrious and tunneled UNDER our pond to get there.
Please note the structure in the background here. This is a picture taken at least 10 years ago, there are many of my first Jacob sheep in this picture. The structure is a roof over the sheep feeder. See how straight and level it is?Here is the same structure now. The sheep are removed from this area in the late fall and winter. Last fall and early winter the structure began leaning, and the reason is , MOLES!!!! Note the bottom left portion of the sheep feeder . Here is a close-up. Guess what the legs have sunk into? Yup, a mole hole, or more correctly, a mole cavern!I told you, the moles have a plan. See this story*, and this story.* How can you not agree with me? The moles have also tunneled all around the foundation of our home, plus, our oldest son was helping out last winter and was under the house to do some wiring and he said there are mole hills everywhere under the house. SEE? We have resumed all- out war on moles, those pesky varmints! Here is our #4 capture for the year, and shortly after this mole was caught today, another trap was sprung, but found empty. So the mole highway is busy. My husband got 1 mole in January and 3 in February. I am issuing a formal challenge to Miss Vickie of Sand Flat Farm*. She is at war with the gophers in Texas, and claims to be mighty lethal with her gopher traps. My husband is determined to win the years and years of war with the moles around here, so let the battle resume with more determination and on the 31st of December this year let the winner be announced and a special award will be given. Miss Vickie, we are looking forward to a great challenge, and may we both be winners!