REPLY: Moles and other Geophyte predators

Sat, 31 Dec 2005 10:51:48 PST
A friend tried the electric traps for rats and it does work. It uses a 
converter to boost the voltage. Squirrels might be too large.

Richard Wagner
Vista, CA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jane McGary" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] REPLY: Moles and other Geophyte predators

> Ernie O'Byrne and his authorities are indeed right about the Townsend's
> mole eating bulbs. They eat plenty of tulips and  crocuses here.
> My preferred mode of attack, other than the dogs (which catch them often 
> at
> night), is the Giant Destroyer, which is a stinking smoke flare that you
> light and shove down their runs. I don't know whether it kills them or 
> just
> offends them, but they do depart for a while. The very name of the device
> is satisfying, too.
> Of course, the territorial animals soon come back, their population always
> replaced by new ones from the forests and fields. You could probably get
> rid of them in an urban setting, however.
> In a catalog I see a battery-operated rat trap which is supposed to
> electrocute the rats. I wonder if it would work for squirrels? Can a few
> batteries really electrocute a small animal? It's $70, but I may invest in
> one just to see. I noticed a squirrel streaking across the field the other
> day and suspect it may be what's after my crocuses, though they're far
> enough from trees that I didn't expect squirrels to approach them. (The
> local squirrel species, the Douglas squirrel, named for David Douglas of
> plant-hunting fame, is smaller than the European and eastern American
> species.) So far my desperation maneuver of putting dishes of sunflower
> seeds in the bulb frame has forestalled any more digging of crocuses, but
> it's not a really good idea.
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon, USA
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