Animal Burrow next to house foundation? What to do?

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  1. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

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    I found a rather large burrow next to the foundation of my country home (upstate NY).

    The hole is about 6-8 inches. Is it an Opossum? Fox? Wolverine??? The creature from the movie Alien? A gopher?

    Should I do anything? I'm thinking Bill Murray in Caddie Shack. Pour gasoline down hole and ignite? Then again that would probably burn my house down. Offer it food? Lower my Ampeg VR into the whole and give it the funk?

    I've come to prefer the off-topic advice of bassists rather than professionals who know something.

    What should I do?
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    Look under your house and see if they made it there. If so, flush them out, then plug the hole.

    -Mike
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    Fill it with cement? ;)
  4. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

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    kind of cruel.

    wouldn't molten tar be better?:eek:
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  6. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Supporting Member

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    Cup your farts and throw them down the hole.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Dynamite. Done. Worry about the consequences later.
  8. Mushroo

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    Borrow a friend's terrier.
  9. DblG

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    I've got groundhogs in my yard (I live along an old set of RR tracks and they're along there) and that's about the size of the hole. Never got them right next to the foundation though... If it's a groundhog, there is more than likely another exit.

    You can try filling it in so it'll move elsewhere, or it'll just dig it out. Get a trail camera hunters use, set it up there and find out definately what it is...could be a skunk too! :eek:
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

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    You could try to chuck some mothballs down there. I think most everything hates mothballs. I don't think I'd try to flush the hole with water if it's right up to the foundation.

    Or...... Call critter control!
  11. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

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    I have a pretty much perpetual war against groundhogs here...
    I've filled their holes in many many times, then they just dig them back out at night. If you cover their hole with something - plywood, a pile of firewood, whatever, then they'll just dig diagonally to get under it.
    I think that if/when they have little ones in the hole, they'll never give up.
    I'm not sure there's much you can do other than killin' the suckers. Maybe you can trap it and move it far away or something like that? Some places will rent out animal traps.
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    This is true. I have mothballs in my closet to protect my suits from moth damage...I hate the smell as much as they do.
  13. Mushroo

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    For woodchuck/groundhog you can buy a smoke bomb called "the giant destroyer" but the problem in this case is that the hole is close to your house... if it vents into your basement at all you'll get a house full of sulfur smoke! :(
  14. Stilettoprefer

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    this is where it went wrong haha.

    I'd start off with smoke bombs then work my way up the firework levels. Or just fill it with concrete haha.
  15. dbhokie

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    Best solution for animal problems in my experience has been other animals.

    The war I have been waging against groundhogs has been virtually solved by a dog and cat.
  16. Schlyder

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    * Burrowing animal holes.

    If a burrowing animal hole interferes with your stance, or area of intended swing, you get to drop the ball one club length from nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole.
    No penalty strokes. :D
  17. MN_Bass

    MN_Bass Supporting Member

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    Stick your arm in the hole as far as it can go and see if you can pet the creature :)...but first send me your basses.
  18. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002

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    I didn't even know mice were sneaking into my basement until I got a cat who turned to be an expert mouser. Now I'm tossing them out once or twice a month. She even took out a small bird in mid-air when one flew into my house one night.
  19. MonetBass

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    +1 to mothballs. Ammonia works well too.
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    I hate you..... I hate you so very very much......... :scowl:

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