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re: control a large population of Beldings Ground Squirrels in our yard #323109

Asked May 19, 2016, 3:58 PM EDT

I would like to get your advice concerning a large population of Beldings ground squirrels 'sage rats' in our 2-acre yard south of Prineville. We have a dog and I think we should avoid the poisons. Are there any non-toxics you would recommend? If yes, where can they be purchased? I have looked online for homemade repellents...any you would recommend? Thank you. Cheryl Victorino

Crook County Oregon

Expert Response

Cinch Company makes a ground squirrel trap (larger version of their pocket gopher trap).  Wade Martin, Gopher Solutions, (41480-7272)  uses a PERQ machine to gas pocket gophers, I am not sure if he has used it on ground squirrels. VPM, Scott McLean  at 541-803-8300, is using ZP (poison)on cabbage for control of ground squirrels, but only in alfalfa (I believe).  Raptor perches can help but are not a silver bullet (if you have chickens and cats, you could lose some them by encouraging raptors)  Shooting works well,  depending upon how close neighbors are, can also help.  You might also harass them by using a water hose and running it down their runs, but usually takes flood irrigation to get of them.  You may have to try a number of methods to control them.

Mylen Bohle
Area Extension Agronomist
Central Oregon
Prineville
541-447-6228
Mylen Bohle Replied May 20, 2016, 5:43 PM EDT
I thought I sent this out last week.....   Cinch Company makes a ground squirrel trap (larger version of their pocket gopher trap). Wade Martin, Gopher Solutions, (41480-7272) uses a PERQ machine to gas pocket gophers, I am not sure if he has used it on ground squirrels. VPM, Scott McLean at 541-803-8300, is using ZP (poison)on cabbage for control of ground squirrels, but only in alfalfa (I believe). Raptor perches can help but are not a silver bullet (if you have chickens and cats, you could lose some them by encouraging raptors) Shooting works well, depending upon how close neighbors are, can also help. You might also harass them by using a water hose and running it down their runs, but usually takes flood irrigation to get of them. You may have to try a number of methods to control them.

Mylen Bohle
Area Extension Agronomist
Central Oregon
Prineville
541-447-6228
Mylen Bohle Replied May 23, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT

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