Posted 05-08-2004 at 10:50:11
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I have to be careful how I rid our area of rats myself. I found snap traps to end up killing birds, chipmunks and such, so I went to Home Depot, Lowes has them too, and I have seen them at Feed and Lawn and Garden Supply stores, and got me a Hav-A-Hart trap. They have other brands, but that is what I ended up with. Got a standard size one, one that will catch squirrels and such. Put sunflower seeds (raw and unshelled) on the traps tray. NOTHING can resist sunflower seeds.
I don't have gophers, but, I seem to always have a rat or two that needs catching and killing. When I do catch a rat, I fill up my wheelbarrow with water, and completely submerge the whole cage, rat and all in the wheelbarrow. Its quick, and its not messy. Afterwards, I go and get me a plastic grocery bag, turn it inside out, and dump the rat out on the ground, and pick it up and turn the bag right side out, tie it up, and dispose of it.
Hope this helps. :) Maybe somebody can give you more details on gophers.