Problems Caused by Gophers in Yards Although they live in underground tunnel systems and largely remain out of sight, gophers can extensively damage lawns and gardens. Some of the most notable problems associated with gophers in yards include torn up grass, destroyed sprinkler lines, uprooted plants, and chewed electrical wiring. 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. Prevention & Removal Utilizing traps, baits, and fencing 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. Instead of taking matters into their own hands, untrained individuals should contact the wildlife removal professionals at Critter Control. Our technicians have the tools needed to get rid of gophers and the knowledge of gopher behavior to offer tips on preventing future problems.