Gopher Control

Gopher Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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Commonly confused with ground squirrels and similar animals, gophers heavily populate North and Central America, with over 35 species commonly occurring in the region. Also called pocket gophers because of their expandable cheek pockets, they have a reputation for ruining landscapes and are often the culprits behind expensive repairs on farms, private lawns, and golf courses. Though most people consider the animals pests, gophers play vital roles in ecosystems and should be left alone if no considerable damage results from their presence.

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On average, pocket gophers are small creatures that weigh about half a pound and reach around 7 inches lengthwise. They are mostly brown in color and have typical rodent characteristics like small, beady eyes, tails, and protruding incisors. Gophers also have claws, which are curved and used for digging extensive tunnel systems, while their cheek pouches allow them to hoard food.

DIET

Gophers rarely leave their burrows to find food, although they do surface occasionally to eat plant bulbs, nuts, and fruits. The rodents typically prefer roots and pieces of plants that are accessible from underground, targeting crops like beets, turnips, and carrots.

HABITAT

Pocket gophers can live most anywhere soil is soft and easily excavated, and species are found in each region of North America. Even areas with seasonally cold climates support populations of gophers, as they adapt and burrow through snow. Gophers are rarely seen above ground. If sighted outside their tunnels, they are generally seeking food or digging new pathways. They rarely venture more than a few feet from the nearest tunnel entry.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Individuals should not expect to see gophers inside buildings, though they may take up residence in lawns with appropriately textured dirt. Soils that are loose and frequently watered attract them, while hardened and thick clay-like soil repels the pests. Property owners usually become aware of infestations when they encounter gopher mounds left over from burrowing, which usually have distinctive crescent shapes. These mounds are plugged to keep intruders out and measure about 10 inches across.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Gophers damage lawns and gardens with their burrowing and dietary habits. Both large-scale irrigation and small sprinkler systems can be rendered ineffective by the rodents. Some species of gophers are also disliked for their readiness to kill conifer seedlings and saplings by eating the roots of the trees.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Shrubs or trees of particular interest can be protected from gophers by employing underground fencing. However, this method of control is expensive. More cost effective measures involve habitat modifications that remove viable shelters, food, and water sources.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Trapping takes time and money and can result in failure if not done by professionals. Trutech gopher removal experts should be called to take care of any existing problems. Our detailed assessment of properties ensures all existing gophers are removed before we finish. Trutech associates ensure pest problems are treated with the best possible care.