Weekend Writing Prompt — Gophers and Moles

When I bought my house it needed landscaping
I went about that task and it was painstaking
Unfortunately it wasn’t cheap
Below the surface did critters creep
Filling my yard with lots of holes
Created by a bunch of gophers and moles
I contacted a company to eradicate the pests
And let them do what they do best

(Exactly 58 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt word is “eradicate” in exactly 58 words.

Before you nature lovers out there jump all over me for cruelty to God’s creatures, specifically gophers and moles, let me remind you that I live in a semi-rural suburb where there are plenty of open spaces for gophers, moles, deer, foxes, raccoons, and other critters to live, eat, and frolic.

I did try using non-lethal means, as I wrote about here last year, to repel these critters “humanely,” but it didn’t work at all.

I feel I have little choice now. In addition to having gophers feasting on our plants, and their underground tunnels, along with mole tunnels, destroying the stability of the ground in our yard, the mole holes, such as those shown in the photo below, are a hazard to our dog as she runs around the backyard. Should she get a paw stuck in one of those holes, she could break a leg. So the cost of keeping my pet safe is getting rid of the pests.

4 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt — Gophers and Moles

  1. Geoff Stamper May 6, 2023 / 2:46 pm

    I don’t care if moles and voles tear up golf courses and parks but I have had wars with them on my property. They always win one on one with me. Luckily, cats, eagles, and other predators take care of the problem.

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  2. bushboy May 6, 2023 / 3:46 pm

    That is my philosophy with animals I don’t really want around my home.
    I have a small patch that is my personal area. The other ninety-five acres is natural habitat so they can live there. They are never harmed just encouraged to forage elsewhere

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    • Fandango May 6, 2023 / 4:17 pm

      If I had 95 acres, my philosophy would be the as yours. But in my one acre, all fully cultivated, these guys are doing a lot of damage.

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