Animal gassers emit toxic gasses and are commonly used in animal control for rats, ground squirrels, gophers, woodchucks, moles, and other ground pests. The fumigants that are emitted from these gas cartridges are toxic to people, too, so it is important to use caution when using pest control gassers. We have the animal gassers you need to control the range of ground dwelling animal pests that are commonly controlled with fumigants.
Gassers are most often used outdoors in underground burrows. They are targeted towards animals that live or create burrows in the soil, like gophers, woodchucks, moles, rats, and more. The objective is to trap the gas in the tunnel system, plugging any holes or leaks so all the gas stays underground for maximum effectiveness. The gas cartridges we sell contain a combination of the following: sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate, sulfur, and carbon/charcoal. Since these gases are meant kill the animal, they are dangerous to humans and pets, too, and are meant to be used underground only.
How To Use Gassers For Pest Control
Gassers are used similarly for ground dwelling animal pests. The goal of fumigating the animal’s burrow system is the same, but there might be slight differences depending on the pest and how they construct their burrows. Here’s a basic look at how to use a gasser cartridge:
- Locate the main burrow opening and any other openings you can see.
- Cut clods of soil that will fit these holes, that you will use to plug up the holes once you have activated the gas cartridge.
- Read the labels and warnings carefully to ensure you are preparing your control site properly, and if there are any precautions you need to take.
- Once you light the cartridge, place it carefully into the opening, using a pole to push it down further into the burrow. Do not throw the cartridge or push it down with your hands. The cartridge won’t explode but be wary of sparks.
- Plug the holes immediately with prepared soil clods.
- Monitor the ground for any escaping fumes and plug any holes.
- If there are open holes but no smoke is escaping, this is a separate burrow that should also be treated.
- You may need to repeat the treatment until you achieve your desired results.
- There are many factors that can inhibit the effectiveness of animal gassers. Dry, porous soil will inhibit a full fumigation effect, and some animals, like gophers and moles, may have burrows that are too deep or too extensive to fully fumigate properly.
- It might be best to use this type of control product in conjunction with other animal control products, like traps, spikes, or baits.