Monday, October 9, 2017
Battle of Wills (Escalation of War)
No I am not referring to the leaders of North Korea and our Current Occupant. Rather I am referring to the war closer to home, in fact, right next to and underneath my home. It all started this summer when I noticed a few ground squirrels living in the rose garden in the back of our house. Though they were digging holes into the ground underneath them, they weren't hurting them so I adopted a live and let live policy. However during the recent picnic I discovered that one had evidently chewed through a perimeter drain tile that comes through a retaining wall that wings out from the house and was bring lots of clay out and piling on my lawn. My worry is that instead of water draining through the tile, it would now go through the dug holes next to the foundation and cause problems. I set some mole traps near the holes and eventually took care of the problem. Or so I thought.
I filled in those holes all around the rose garden and they haven't been dug out. Instead, another one has taken to digging out underneath where my concrete driveway meets the garage. Now it isn't as critical of an area but again, they were digging out copious amounts of gravel and dirt which leaves the driveway unsupported and eventually can break creating a pothole. I flooded the ground squirrel out with a water hose and filled the hole back in with gravel thinking he would move on. That didn't work. I set the mole traps again. He was smarter and dug around the sides of it. I filled it in and placed concrete bricks on top of the area. He dug under or around those. I did a better job of putting the bricks in and still the guy kept digging around them.
So I escalated the war and spent five bucks for a bag of concrete and after digging a huge hole so that I could shove as much of the gravel back underneath the slab, I plugged the entire area to a depth of a foot with concrete. I'm not sure what will happen next but if I had a smallish version of a nuclear bomb, I might do some test explosions to let him know I'm serious!
P.S. I had secretly hoped I had entombed the ground squirrel underneath my driveway but the next day when I went out to check if my plug of concrete worked, I saw the scene below. He is still around somewhere but as of a week after writing this, he isn't burrowed underneath my driveway and that was my goal.