Wednesday, February 20, 2013
taupes (moles) have really stepped up their digging activity, and Willy is out to put a stop to it. When I googled 'taupe gun,' I found an article saying that every year in France, 20,000 people are injured trying to rid their gardens of taupes...amazing! People try poison, gas, flames, cherry bombs, anything to kill the poor things. I tried to find information about this device in English, but their website is in French. From what I can translate, though, it appears that you look for a fresh mound of dirt (indicating taupe presence), dig down into it to disturb the taupe, and then implant the gun. When the taupe touches the long wand that goes into the ground, it discharges and voila, dead taupe. For 85 euros you get the gun and 10 cartridges. Does seem a bit much to kill little animals whose only sin is to leave piles of dirt in your pretty lawn. Will you groan if I say it's 'overkill?'