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How To Control Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers may be funny-looking in cartoons or even considered to be a cute animal to some people, the type of damage they can do on a landowner's turf can be the farthest thing from funny. These destructive rodents not only burrow through yards and leave ugly looking bumps and holes, they also are notorious for devouring and destroying crops and plant life wherever they decide to reside. Because they spend most of their time underground in their self-created tunnel systems, these quick moving rodents can be rather difficult to control or capture. If you’re a gardener, a homeowner or an agricultural farmer, pocket gophers can be a total nightmare and need to be eradicated immediately.

Not to worry, the experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn have the answers for how to tackle this frustrating pest. With the correct approach and the right control products which we both offer, you can get rid of pocket gophers from your property to put an end to the havoc they create.

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Pocket Gopher Background Information

Pocket gophers, also known plainly as gophers, are burrowing rodents from the Thomomys species. They get this name from their large cheek pouches, or pockets which they use for carrying their food and nesting materials. This method of carrying food in their cheeks often get them confused to be a chipmunk, a woodchuck or a squirrel.

There are about 35 species of pocket gophers worldwide with the majority of the species living in the United States. Pocket gophers are typically between 4 to 12 inches in length. Their color ranges from Yellowish-brown to black fur on top and the underside is often a lighter shade to almost white.

Pocket gophers were designed to live a tunneling lifestyle. Just by looking at their features you will find this to be true: they have powerfully built limbs; large claws on their paws for digging; fur that tends not to cake up in wet soils and highly sensitive facial whiskers which they use to help them navigate in the dark.

Pocket gophers create their habitat in a burrow system that can cover a large area between 200 to 2,000 square feet. In the burrows they nest, travel and store their food. Pocket gophers seal the openings to the burrow system with earthen plugs. These tunnel systems are how they create the most damage to human owned lands.

Pocket gophers don’t hibernate and are active all year round even in snowing conditions. While they can adapt to a variety of climates and areas, they typically avoid parts of the country that are subject to flooding.

Pocket gophers can cause a lot of damage, not just from burrowing but also from their eating habits. pocket gophers eat just about anything. Most of the eating they do however, is from underground. They yank plants down from the root and eat them underground.

The times they eat food above ground is when they find plants near the mounds they have dug. They would quickly come up to the surface, cut the plant and bring it back underground to eat. This causes a lot of headache for farmers as their mounds affect their farming equipment and their crops get destroyed by these invaders.


Tips on Getting Rid of Pocket Gophers

To successfully eliminate or manage pocket gophers, you need to take measures sooner rather than later. A common way to control pocket gophers in lawns and gardens is through the use of gopher traps or poison baits. Using more than one method of control is best since these are tough rodent to get ahold of since they are always either underground or on the move.

To successfully trap or bait a pocket gopher, you need to first find out where the gopher’s main burrow is. To locate it, using a gopher probe is recommended. You can either buy one commercially or craft one together using a pipe and metal rod. This material is best over wooden sticks because wood would not be able to tolerate hard soils.

To locate burrows you need to first go to areas where pocket gopher activity was most recently spotted. This can be made apparent by noticing fresh mounds of damp soil. These fresh mounds visible above around are the entry and exits of gopher tunnels. The main burrow can by found by probing 8 to 12 inches from the plugged mound. When penetrating, if a sudden noticeable drop of about 2 inches is felt, you have found your main burrow.


Solutions Recommended Products for Gopher Control

Pocket gophers need a multi-tiered approach when it comes to control when they are on your property because they can be quite tricky to deal with if you only use one method of catching or stopping them. We recommend a combination of baits, traps and repellants to get rid of pocket gophers. Here are the following methods of control we recommend:

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