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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Killing Barnyard Pests and Nifty New Prepper Gadgets

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

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- There are several ways in which to apportion the family income, all of them unsatisfactory. - Robert Benchley

How to Kill a Groundhog & Other Barnyard Pests

Groundhogs are notorious pests. They are not as cute as Punxsutawney Phil and they do not just come out for one slight moment on one day during the year. They eat up to ten percent of their body weight in vegetation every day. Since they hibernate and come out in the spring, this means your garden is in trouble. You can deal with your groundhog infestation in a number of ways. Killing them is not easy, but it can be done.

Lethal Traps
Body-gripping traps are a fatal method sometimes used to dispose of groundhogs. Dig out a somewhat larger hole in the entrance to the burrow and place the trap inside. These traps need to be set with a stake to ensure safety. Body-gripping traps are often difficult to set and can have dangerous consequences to the person trying to set them. It is best to have a professional set them for you. This will help you avoid killing any pets that roam free in your neighborhood. Keep in mind that in many states this kind of trap is illegal.

Poisoning animals like the groundhog should be used when other means have failed. This method will cause a slow, painful death for the animal. Poison is also harmful around your children, house pets and garden. You do not want to risk your loved ones ingesting it. There is not a specifically designed poison for groundhogs. In many places, using a poison intended for any animal not specifically listed on the product is illegal. Rat poison is often used with limited success and again, is not recommended for legality issues. Commercial gas cartridges are available at hardware or home and garden stores. Place them in the burrows and make sure all entrances are sealed. There is always more than one entrance to a groundhog burrow. These cartridges release sulfur gas and carbon monoxide and will kill the groundhog. You can poison them through other, more natural, means as well. Castor beans or mole plants can be dropped into the groundhogs’ tunnels. You should never use these around small children or family pets as they are highly poisonous. Elderberry cuttings are another option. The stems and leaves can release cyanide and that is fatal to groundhogs.

For raccoons I’ve been told a mixture of DeCon (Golden Malrin, a fly bait substance) & Cola work well.  Mix about 1/3 can of the Malrin with a can or so of cola into a bowl and set out in the corners of your barn.  Apparently, the coons won’t get far after consuming the tasty concoction.  You can find this at Amazon, eBay and Tractor Supply.

If you are looking for a faster solution, you can shoot the groundhogs. A B.B. or pellet gun will not work. A crossbow is suggested as it is accurate and silent. You can take a shot from a good distance away and ensure a quick death for the groundhog. Unless you live in a rural area where your neighbors are way down the road, shooting with a gun or rifle is not an option. If you can shoot with a gun in your area, that is an option to consider.

For smaller rodents and pests these gas cartridges kills rats, gophers, ground hogs, skunks, ground squirrels and moles.  Find them on eBay, Amazon and Tractor Supply.

The Giant Destroyer Gas Bomb


This effective Gas Bomb rapidly kills any tunneling or burrowing animal when dropped underground. Pack of four. U.S.A. Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 9 x 6 x 1, Indoor/Outdoor Use: Outdoor, Removal Of: Burrowing rodents

By the way, I haven’t tested these on intrusive, busy-body bureaucrats! Remember to use any of these methods with caution if near neighbors, pets or children.

More Nifty Survival Gadgets…

DIY Portable Toilet for Hunting or Camping

If you want to escape to the middle of nowhere but don’t want to forgo comfort, then you’ve probably done some internet reaches regarding DIY portable toilets.

I found a few videos for a hunting and camping, but the one below caught my attention as the most simple. It’s made from a Tote-able Toilet Seat cover , which fits on most 4 1/4, 5, and 6 gallon round buckets. It seems simple enough right?

Solar Powered Generators and More…

Goal Zero offers a variety of solar powered products (many can found at Sports Authority & Cabella’s-great for those times when the fuel runs out.  Their 1250-watt Yeti Solar generator is very powerful and very portable.



BioLite Stoves make cooking on wood as clean, safe & easy as modern fuels while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics off-grid.



The flashing, dashing weather alert clock radio

A favorite of the Red Cross!


For those of you who have Smart Phones, here’s an App which posts citizen reported hazards in real time and prioritizes them by credibility and severity…


Find it at your favorite app store!



Thanks Dave for the suggestion on using DeCon for killing coons!

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