Non-Violent, Wind-Powered Gopher Repeller
live on a 10-acre farm. It is mostly orchards of fruit trees. Gophers are everywhere.
My small garden was constantly under attack at first. And I counter-attacked,
killing two gophers and one mole with rose-baited traps (trick I learnt from
my father). But I didn't like killing the cute little guys and I only got 'em
after they had already damaged something. It would be better to just make them
avoid the garden. I did this the old-fashioned way by making a whirl-a-gig.
theory is that gophers like quiet, still gardens. Whirl-a-gigs send vibrations
down into the ground as the blades turn. The rodents can't stand it and leave.
have two in my garden. I made them both out of scrap material. I cut coffee
cans into propellers by using tin snips to cut three blades down the sides,
bending them outwards, and punching a nail in the center of the can's bottom.
I twisted the blades into about a 30 degree angle. Hammer the nail into the
nose of a stick, leaving room for the blade to rotate. Hold it up and blow
on it. It should turn freely. Attach a tail fin. I used another coffee can,
cut open and smoothed out, to nail onto it. Balance the assembly on your finger
tip to find the balance point. I use a power drill and a 3/16 bit to get a
nice straight hole. Then put a nail through it to your post. It should track
the wind easily and turn in a breeze. The more noises, squeaks, and rattles,
the better. Feel the post to check the vibrations it sends down into the ground.
Each whirl-a-gig is different, with it's own noises and personality.
simple design will work for a few months, but constant motion will eventually
make it crack up. I improved it after every repair. First, I added washers
to every axis. Then I used a bolt for the propeller shaft as the nails kept
getting sawed through by the coffee can blade assembly. Then I used a steel
vegetable can instead of an aluminum coffee can for the blades.
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