I got a call from my gardeners (aka: My Parents) today. They had just read my blog post about the Mole Hole in my backyard, and had some suggestions.
First off, they said it was a gopher. Not a mole. Apparently, moles stay underground, and gophers are the ones who come to the surface.
Okay, so now I know that I'm dealing with Mac and Tosh the Goofy Gophers and not Mr. Mole. :)
The Culprets revealed: Mac and Tosh - the Goofy Gophers
NOT Mr. Mole
My parents suggested that I flood them out with a hose. I know - it sounds inhumane. I'm sure PETA will be after me as soon as I publish this post. My parents think that it'll just flood their tunnel to my house though, not actually drown the Misters Gopher. I'm taking their word for it.
So, I unwound my hose, put it on low, and let the water flow into each of the two gopher holes for a few minutes each.
watering the gopher holes
NOTE: The water level never overflowed, which leaves me to believe that the underground tunnels were quite large.
After I watered the holes for a few minutes, I filled them in with the piles of dirt that the gophers had dug up and sealed the holes. I was half-expecting to see a gopher kick the dirt back up within minutes, but so far, it's still plugged.
filling the holes with mud
We'll see if this works for not.
I have visions of an underground labyrinth - like you'd see in a Looney Tune cartoon, or a Wes Anderson film.
Or, a huge underground lair where all of the gophers and moles live together - like in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox".
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Clearly, I watch too many cartoons.... :)