"The gophers! The little brown furry rodents!"

For centuries, tobacco was hailed for its myriad of uses and medical cures. However, its modern day standing leaves a lot to be desired. John Rolfe, a colonist from Jamestown, was the first colonist to grow tobacco in America. He arrived in Virginia with tobacco seeds procured on an earlier voyage to Trinidad, and in 1612 he harvested his inaugural crop for sale on the European market. Still a large cash crop for Virginia, it is good to note that there are some beneficial uses for tobacco today. It is a great insect repellent when made into a dust and combined with compost and garlic powder to fight aphids, borers and centipedes. Gophers and moles also hate tobacco. You can shred a package of non-filtered cigarettes and drop it down the hole - they can't stand it and will move away. If spiders are your nemesis, boil 1 gallon of water, drop a package of chewing tobacco into the water and allow to cool. Once cool, strain and use it as a spray in the cracks of your home and around door and window frames. No more spiders, or gophers for that matter, without using explosives.

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