Think You Have Gopher Holes in Your Yard?

Gophers Yard Damage

Although they live in underground tunnel systems and largely remain out of sight, gophers can extensively damage lawns and gardens.

They make a mess
Some of the most notable problems associated with gophers in yards include torn up grass, destroyed sprinkler lines, uprooted plants, and chewed electrical wiring.

Burrows
The pests an also create burrows surrounded by mounds of dirt that range in size from two to three inches across and run anywhere from six to twelve inches down into the soil. Though humane and gopher interactions are rare, the pests will bite when they feel threatened.

Identifying Gopher Holes
In areas where gophers are prevalent, property owners regularly find gopher holes in their yards. The mounds of dirt surrounding the holes are generally 12 to 20 inches in diameter and between one and three inches in height. These blemishes are not only unsightly, but they make lawn care difficult. They can also result in injury to residents who are unaware of the presence of the gopher holes.

Ways to Protect Your Yard

Fencing
To reduce the possibility of finding gopher holes in the yard, property owners can install fencing. Fences should be buried more than a foot underground in order to be effective. Still, this method of exclusion tends to be expensive and does not always work.

Traps
Utilizing traps & baits can reduce the possibility of finding gophers in the yard. However, exclusion methods are usually costly to implement and require significant time and effort to be effective.

Professional Help

The best way to deal with gopher problems is to call a professional wildlife removal specialist. The wildlife removal technicians at Critter Control have the appropriate tools and knowledge to get rid of gophers and provide tips for future issues.