Operational Procedures Using the Rodenator
Closed and Open Tunnel - Burrow Applications
Following are steps of elimination for both closed tunnel systems (gophers and moles) and open burrow animals (voles, marmots, badgers, ground squirrels, prairie dogs)
All of our Rodenator models enable an operator who is experiencing an underground pest problem to use our products to eliminate them humanely and without environmentally harmful or labor intensive methods. This is achieved by injecting a calibrated mixture of propane and oxygen down into the tunnel system of the targeted pest. Upon detonation of the gas mixture, the rapid expansion of the concussive force will instantly terminate the life of the target rodent.
Closed Tunnel Application
When using any Rodenator device model on closed tunnel pests, the first step is to locate and open an active tunnel. Using our exclusive Rodenator gopher shovel, open an active mound (fresh dirt) by removing the pests plug, insert either the muzzle end of the Pro or the 45 degree elbow of the R2, flow the gas mixture for 30 to 90 seconds (determined by species-see operators manual for suggested flow times), and then detonate the mixture as per instructions for each individual device. The resulting rapid expansion of the gas mixture creates a shockwave that travels through the tunnel at an approximate rate of 5,000 feet per second. This concussive force causes an immediate major hemorrhage at the base of the brain through each ear canal and terminates the pest. In closed tunnel applications the force of the detonation will also collapse most, if not all, of the existing unrestricted tunnel system preventing immediate reinfestation. Tunnel collapse can be from a few feet to over 300 feet of broken ground above the infrastructure of the eliminated pests' burrow system.
Open Burrow Application
When using the Rodenator on open burrow pests, the sequence of events are entirely the same as closed tunnel systems with the exception of having to open the tunnel. Whether using the R1, R2, or R3 in open burrow applications, it is suggested to limit use to calm wind days or use some sort of non-flammable block around the muzzle or flex hose to prevent the dispensed fuel from escaping the burrow. This will allow much better penetration of the gases and higher elimination rates. The efficacy rates will be just as high as with closed tunnel systems, but because of the very nature of the open burrow, there will be little collapse of the tunnels. The expanding concussive force either comes right back out the opening as with badgers, or may travel out the various openings of marmot, ground squirrel or prairie dog burrows. In each different application, the desired result is the pests' demise and the concussive force of the Rodenator will accomplish this.
The operational costs of application per tunnel system are minimal. Depending on your local costs of propane and oxygen, the feedback we get from customers using the Rodenator, tells us that on average, a per tunnel cost is somewhere less than $0.20 cents per .
When used as outlined in our comprehensive operators' manual, we guarantee results with our complete Rodenator pest elimination systems. (see operators' manual for complete details)
Rodenators and their use in the control of unwanted underground pests are designed as a maintenance tool to assist the landowner in eradication of these pests. As experience and wisdom direct, using our Rodenators on a regular basis, like mowing the lawn, will keep your yard, field, ball field or ditch bank free of unwanted pests and the long-term damage they create.