Problems Caused by Gopher Bites Since gophers spend so much of their time underground, interaction with humans is limited. Still, they will bite when they feel cornered or scared. Their teeth are not particularly sharp, but the pests can still break the skin. Gopher bite sites may swell and appear red or bruised. Individuals who have been bitten should clean the wound with soap, water, and a disinfectant to prevent infection. Control & Removal To minimize the risk of gopher bites, untrained individuals should never approach or handle gophers in the wild. When faced with a gopher problem, property owners are advised to contact a professional wildlife removal service to ensure their safety. The technicians at Critter Control know how to get rid of gophers and offer tips for keeping the pests away.