Thursday, December 13, 2018


Voles:  furry varmints that decimate crop and grasses from below.  

The sandy soil here is perfect for their unimpeded travel in tunnels everywhere in the pastures and my garden. Nibbled plants topple over, pruned grass roots leave pastures looking overgrazed and unhealthy.

Enter the Rodenator.   Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I rented this unit in the hopes that we could kill the voles by sending concussive force down the tunnels.

How dangerous can it be to mix compressed oxygen and propane?  One BBQ tank and a borrowed oxygen tank, strapped together Jamie style.

Let the fun begin.

We hone our blasting skills well away from the horses...

Just in case.

Learning curve is steep.

Nope, horses would definitely not appreciate this.

Success within our grasp.

And we walk away smarter, deafened and still with 10 toes apiece.