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The GIANT DESTROYER or "the SUPER gasser" Atlas Chemical CorpP.O.Box 141Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406
Set of 4 each, 2.0 ounce, 4 1/2 Inch Long by 7/8" Diameter pyrotechnic gas generating sticks, complete with fast burning fuses. (Emphasis on "fast").
Sodium Nitrate 46.2%
The primed stick looks a lot like an M-80 firecracker.
Atlas claims the stuff "QUICKLY KILLS Rats, Moles, Gophers, Skunks, and Ground Squirrels in their holes, tunnels, and burrows" The claims are many but the emphasis herein is on burrowing critters that undermine lawns, stepping stones, concrete borders, flowers and vegetables.
Underground - never burn one of these things above, especially in fire lands.
Early morning daylight - you need every advantage you can get. Some critters dig long tunnels with multiple entries - if that has happened, smoke will reveal the alternate routes - one can hope of them is not right under your feet.
Carefully.TRY TO FORGET THE FUSES until you are ready for ONE.
Once the entrance hole is prepared, try to find others and plug them. Use a rock or croquet, tennis, base or even a golf ball. Rags or paper not recommended. Plan an escape route.Wear safety goggles.Check the wind direction; don't leave a door or window open if you are upwind from your work place.Enlarge the hole to a diameter of an inch and 5 inches depth.
NOW, remove one stick from the package. Leave enough of the wrapper to keep the unused fuses, take advantage of the pre-punched hole in the top of the package. Don't let the package lying around for someone to find. Check the fit and remember not to let go prematurely.When you are ready, go find a match. Wood ones preferred.
THEN, try a fuse for fit. You have to insert the device fuse down, so bend the fuse slightly so that it cannot fall out of the pre-drilled hole.
REHEARSE: The ignition is quick and noisy and firey like a 4th of July sparkler, so be ready for these side effects.
You were given two hands but you might need 3. You have to manage the match, touch it to the fuse (after inserting it into the stick), (you have about 5-10 seconds to..) slip the primed stick into the hole, plug the hole and...
GET BACK any way you can. Slithering is an approved activity but running is more productive. Burn rate is about 5 minutes but is intermittent. Go away from the scene for the rest of the day to avoid fumes.
---------NOTE: Regardless of claims by the manufacturer, avoid having to plug a Skunk burrow in a hurry. They can run pretty fast and have a temper. Call a pest control specialist.
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