The gopher can be found all across North America and are sometimes referred to as the “pocket gopher”. Gophers are equipped with large claws that make them expert diggers. Mating occurs in the spring months and produce litters of ten after about one month. They have a diet that includes plants, shrubs, and trees, as well as their roots.
Gopher Nuisances & Damage
These root-loving rodents can become problematic when they begin to destroy your yard. Trees, flowers, and crops may begin to die as the gophers continue to feed. The piles of dirt they will leave around your yard from tunneling is unattractive, not to mention dangerous. These tunnels and holes weaken the ground, potentially causing you to twist your ankle. As gophers build these tunnels, they may also gnaw through underground cables, water lines, sprinkler systems, and irrigation pipes. And, if you play golf, they might just pull a Caddy Shack and make your outing miserable.
The gopher can measure between 6 to 8 inches in length with brown fur and large cheek pockets, giving these gophers their nickname. Their eyes are very small and they have a short, hairy tail that is used to feel around when they move backward.
Gophers In The Yard & The Garden
If your home is located near wooded areas, prairies,or mountainous regions. If they’re poking around your yard, it’s probably because you’ve got a lot of plants they want to munch on. Vegetables, roots, and stems will bring them near, and having water around doesn’t hurt, either. The gopher will pile dirt or sand around your yard from digging. They can also weaken turf where tunnels have been created. Your plants may be chewed on or uprooted as well as landscaping may begin to die as gophers munch on their roots.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I keep gophers away?
In order to keep gophers at bay, it may be help to construct a barrier around your flower or vegetable gardens. Installing wire mesh fences that are planted deep into the soil will deter these critters from digging through to the other side. Placing wire baskets around the roots of shrubs and trees before they are planted should also help get the gophers to back off. Flooding their tunnels will also evict them and ruin their nests. If you decide to try this, do it only in the late winter and early spring to ensure no young are present. Natural options are also available. Encouraging (or not discouraging) predators to the gopher may also keep their numbers down. Dogs, coyotes, weasels, and snakes will often feed on small mammals, so allowing them in your yard may actually help curtail your problem.
Benefits of Professional Gopher Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a gopher problem. Finding and treating the gophers can be challenging, especially if they are loose in your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the gopher nuisance.