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    in reply to: Ankeny #1556390
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    Quote by: SchlitzBeer

    IowaAnglers…..have you ever caught anything in that pond kitty corner to the jethros pond?

    I fished it last summer and when I did there were dead bluegills all over the place. I fished it a couple days after a big rain and I am guessing something from the near by town home construction must have washed in and caused a fish kill. I did catch some fish, but they were small and infrequent.

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    I take one trout fishing with me every year in NE Iowa. It is alot easier to carry for long distances than a water bottle, plus it will never run dry. Be sure to follow the instructions and it should last you for a very long time. I highly recommend them.

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    Quote by: Grandad

    Not what your wife said.

    Your class is showing…and it isn’t pretty.

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    Quote by: HEROMA

    Are you still drinking Grandad?

    I’m guessing so.

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    Quote by: HUNTERRICH

    I don’t like noisy tires, so for my 2011 F 250 Diesel I bought BF Goodrich T/A KO2 very good in mud and QUITE I just love them. Bought at my local sears store and they are 10 ply’s. And I pull a 39 foot 5th wheel camper and they hold up just fine. I average 20,000 miles a year.

    X2 on the BF Goodrich T/A KO2. They are a very tough tire and quite as well. Have been the best tires I have had yet. Fleet Farm had them at the best price and had several different sizes in stock. I didn’t have to wait they were able to put them on same day.

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    Another question, do trout fish differently after a flood or in this case several floods. I have been up there several times, but never during a period of high water or shortly there after.

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    I am headed to NE Iowa trout fishing at the end of this week and was curious if anyone has any updates on the stream conditions. I plan to fish the Highlandville area but any updates are appreciated in case I need to adjust my plans.

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    Well I purchased some Tomcat brand Rat and Mouse poison and broke the block into smaller pieces and dropped the chunks down every hole I could find. I purposely left the poison shallow in the holes and made sure that I could easily see it in the hole. I went back and checked a couple hours later and every single piece was gone. Apparently voles like rat poison. I suppose I will continue this until the poison quits disappearing. I am still tempted to try the dry ice idea.

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    Quote by: TheDuckMaster

    I asked because the Shrews are out in force right now. Just like Bears getting ready for hibernation they are too. They will leave what you think are field mice or vole trails.

    Generally voles and field mice don’t leave trails unless the grass is heavy then they leave a trail where they matt it down. Even when they dig for seeds you’ll hardly know they are there. Voles and field mice like their holes that have steep entrances that seldom run at the grounds surface unless its winter and the snow has matted down the grass. Or their hole is a crack in the foundation or wood, but again no trail except where the entrance actually is.

    Shrews however are like little bulldozers when on the trail of a prey. If the biological matter is loose they will plow about a 1/2 inch under it sometimes leaving a entrance hole and exit if the matter can support the tunnel roof. But usually they just tear things up as they move their noses back and forth sniffing and pulling things up with all their feet as they hunt. They are like a dog that marks its territory then scratches the ground to spread matter, just in a smaller size per say.

    My yard is showing signs of shrew activity now as the thatch is on top of the leaves. It looks like a coon was scratching for grubs but when you look at it you’ll see its been lifted and not scratched up and spread like a coon would do with its powerful feet. The thatch on top is about 1.5 to 4 inches wide. In fact I saw one yesterday escaping my mower.

    Do me a favor before you lay down poison see if you have shrews first. If so the method I described below will allow an easy capture and release of these beneficial animals that do not usually get into our homes and make a mess like field mice and voles. If you “don’t” catch one in a day or so then by all means the gloves are off as mice and voles make a mess out of everything.

    1) Shrews like dried dog or cat food. Place some of in bowl with shiny sides about 2-4 inches deep. Shrews cant jump they have to short of legs in the front and back. (unlike voles and mice) Steep sides would be great but not required as their claws wont let them climb up even the shallowest shiny sided bowl. Dog food and Cereal bowls work great.

    2) Place the bowl so the lip is at or near ground level. If you you have shrews you’ll probably get one overnight or perhaps as soon as few hours after you put the bowl/dog food out like I said they are very active right now. Dont be alarmed either as they may even start screaming in a high pitched squeal after its trapped or after he notices your approach. Yes they are as tough as wolverines and back down from nothing. If you have a dog he may be alerted by the screaming and start barking.

    3) If you catch one , simply take it and the bowl away from the flower garden and release it. Put it in the middle of the yard and let it choose its escape path. I say this as they are territorial and you don’t want one wheres there’s two. That’s just to much strain on them this time of the year as when they find each other they will fight ferociously and thus lose allot of stored fat.

    These little bears eat allot of everything from grubs and worms to field mice and common toads. They are great for any garden. If you have shrews and the dead leafy matter or placed much is torn up be torn up, just re-rake it back to where it was. Shrews will not bother your plantings. They like their protein way to much.

    Larry

    Thats a good idea with the food bowl and I think I will give it a try tonight. With a large enough bowl, I may be able to trap several. The wife has a large and somewhat shallow stainless steel bowl in the kitchen that she uses for salads. I’m sure she won’t mind. I am fairly certain however, that the little critters are voles. They are absolutely destroying the vegetation in my flower bed and I have seen several toads in the past week or so. I have lost 2 whole hostas this summer and they are now starting to thin out the day lilys and sweet woodruff. While I do have rabbits in the neighborhood, but they have never bothered the hostas before.

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    Quote by: jgib551

    I buy a gallon of ammonia and a gallon of bleach,stick a funnel in the tunnel,and pour a healthy dose of each down the tube.I immediately cover the hole with dirt and make sure not to breath any of the gas that forms.It will actually look like white smoke and you may see it filtering out of other tunnel openings.Moles destroy my yard every year but this seems to take care of them.Again DO NOT breath the resulting gas as it is very toxic.I have tried poison and traps with very little success in the past and this seems to get the job done in a hurry.

    While I’m sure this is very effective, I wonder what it would do to my yard and flower bed. Plus all the holes and runs are basically next to the foundation of my house and that make me a little nervous about applying a chemical like that near my basement.

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    I wonder if dry ice would have a similar effect. If I broke up a bunch of dry ice and dropped it down all the holes, theoretically the CO2 gas which is heavier than air will go down through the tunnels. Any thoughts?

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    I am fairly certain that they are voles. they are creating dirt trails under the grass through the yard. And no I don’t have any cats. Not outdoors cats anyway.

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    Quote by: DGorman

    I actually liked the ghost peppers I had last year. I made a few batches of sweet ghost pepper relish that I eat on just about everything. I joke with my wife about how the whole family keeps getting sick and I don’t, and she rolls her eyes when I attribute it to the peppers.

    If the recipe is not a family secret, I would be interested in it. I really like the sweet and hot jams / jellies with a little cream cheese on crackers or breads.

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    If anyone was looking for a Ghost Pepper, I was able to find 4 – 5 inch Ghost Pepper plants at Goode Greenhouse in Des Moines. Less than $4 per plant.

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    With it being so early in the season, the tall coarse grass is not likely any type of crab grass, but it is likely tall fescue. And unfortunately because it is so closely related to all the other fescue grasses, there isn’t much you can do to be rid of tall fescue other than dig up and reseed the spot with a desired grass.

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    Quote by: walleye+jim

    Maybe someone has already mentioned this,, but most of your exoctic type of pepper seeds are available in catalogs like totally tomatoes.. earl may and hyvee probably will not have plants.. maybe cause of liability reasons .. cause as you know touching them without rubber gloves can cause alot if irritation to the skin.. let alone if you would rub your eyes. I did that once with relatively mild serrano peppers and had to wash my eyes for 10 minutes Handle with care..

    I get most of my plants from Hy-Vee and have never seen a Ghost Pepper plant for sale in the Des Moines area. The liability thought is probly correct, I am assuming I will have to get one online. On a side note, I really really like Hy-Vee’s “Chef Jeff” brand plants from their seasonal garden center. I have gotten plants from Earl May, Goode Greenhouse, and Menards in the past and the Chef Jeff brand of Tomatos and Peppers have done better for me by far than anything else I have ever planted. With the exception of the occasional uncommon pepper plant, all my plants in the past 3-4 years have come from Hy-Vee.

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    I also live in Ankeny. I have heard some on the new pepper strains are just crazy hot. I think I’m going to go with a ghost pepper this year and maybe try something else next year. Has anyone seen the plants or seeds for sale in the Des moines area?

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    I will try again if anyone has some thoughts.

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    I unfortunately don’t have the space to move the tomatoes to another area, I have heard that a hard freeze will kill the blight over winter. Is there anything that I can prep the soil with to help prevent the blight?

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    I’m going to take them down and hang on to them for a while just in case they do belong to a family friend. If thats the case they will easily be able to get ahold of us to get them back.

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