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The huge mounds of fresh dirt I see everywhere from pocket gophers are unsightly and ruining my yard. Is there anything you can suggest to get rid of them? Jack Orr, Brooksville

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences says trapping is the most effective way (for details, see Page 2, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW08100.pdf). Using a poison is okay only with a permit from the Florida Wildlife Commission. Or you can hire a pest control service to deal with the problem.Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, e-mail answers@tampabay.com, or call (727) 893-8179, toll-free, 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8179.

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