A Gopher Problem is one of the most annoying and troublesome pest problems that homeowners face. These rodents, which are also known as pocket gophers, burrow into the ground and create “feed holes” where they can feed on vegetation. Gophers use their teeth and nose to dig these holes, and then pull the vegetation through them. Gophers are particularly fond of eating the roots of trees, and as a result, you will probably notice a leaning tree in your garden.
Gophers are hard to spot
While they are often hard to see, gophers can cause a lot of damage. Their burrowing habits can destroy pipes, flood control dams, and even existing structures. Although they are active year-round, gophers don’t hibernate, so you can never be too sure when they might be on your property. Gophers are also often found digging under the snow and creating large mounds.
One way to tell if you have a gopher problem is to look for freshly excavated soil. Mounds of this type are crescent-shaped and contain hidden entry points. These mounds are often made out of dirt concentrated along the side of the underground tunnel. Gophers can create several mounds within a single day, but the Gopher Assassin can take care of them immediately. They also cause a lot of damage to trees, which can lead to leaning trees.
They dig lateral tunnels
When gophers burrow underground, they form an extensive network of lateral tunnels that extend from four to eighteen inches beneath the ground. These tunnels can cover an acre of land. Mounds of excavated soil that form at the end of gopher tunnels indicate the presence of gopher activity. These mounds are characteristic fan-shaped and typically measure eighteen to twenty-four inches in diameter. They are a sign of gopher activity and are located at the ends of short lateral tunnels that branch off the main runway. The surface opening is plugged by pushing dirt into the borough from below.
Once they have completed their primary tunnel, gophers often begin digging lateral tunnels to access food below ground level. These feeding tunnels are connected to one another by lateral tunnels. Pocket gophers usually dig two or three mounds per day, depending on the type of soil. Although pocket gophers can construct several mounds in one day, it is not necessarily a sign of a large population of gophers in a specific area.
They eat plant roots
While gophers do not consume plant leaves or flowers, they can severely damage plants by eating their roots. In some cases, they will actually pull entire plants underground. Gophers will also eat the foliage of larger plants, but larger plants will not die immediately after the gophers have eaten their roots. Moles do not eat plant roots, but in areas where they live, they can also cause damage to plant roots. Both are small rodents, about the size of a small mouse. You will notice their mounds of soil in a few areas of your garden.
The best way to get rid of gophers is to prevent them from destroying your plants. You can use repellents to attract the rodents. You can use a few essential oils, such as lavender, rosemary, and marigold. Alternatively, you can use a chemical called 2,4-dinitrophenyl-hydrazine to kill the weeds. Another option is to flood the area where gophers have made their burrows. Flooding will make the area irritating for the gophers, so they will move elsewhere.
They destroy plants
There are three main ways that gophers destroy plants: cutting off the roots underneath the soil, tearing the roots out of the plant, and coming out briefly above the ground to gather the plant. Fortunately, you can control this problem and keep gophers from ruining your plants! You can use poisons and traps to prevent gophers from digging up your lawn or garden. Here are a few tips to keep gophers from destroying your crops:
A gopher’s burrow is shaped like a crescent or a heart, with a hole in the middle. Not only do they destroy your plants, but their tunnels can also disrupt underground utility lines and make your ground unsafe to walk on. And if left alone, gophers can reproduce rapidly, so it’s essential to remove them before they overrun your yard. And don’t forget that gophers are known for carrying diseases, including rabies and ticks. Their burrows can become contaminated with fleas, ticks, and other parasites, so removing them from your property will ensure that the rodents are no longer infested and healthy.
They plug up their holes with dirt
While moles build conical, crescent-shaped mounds, gophers push dirt to the surface to fill their entrance holes. Because gophers live in burrows, they have to plug up their holes to protect themselves. When you notice a gopher mound, you should remove it immediately. It will be an eyesore in your yard! Once you have removed the gopher mound, you should watch for any new burrows that emerge.
You can also use a broom or shovel handle to probe gopher burrows. You can also use a small broom or pipe handle to dig through the mound. The main tunnel is located between four to 12 inches below the soil’s surface. When you push your probe tool through a mound, a sudden drop in the ground will reveal a gopher hole. Once the tunnel is exposed, you can bait it with a mouse attractant.
The best way to get rid of gophers
The Gopher Assassin is a ground-breaking pest control system that delivers carbon monoxide directly into tunneling pests’ tunnels and causes them to fall asleep and never wake up again. This innovative approach to gopher extermination has proven extremely effective in controlling tunneling pests such as ground squirrels and moles. The Gopher Assassin creates a large barrier of deadly CO around your property so pests can’t escape once they’ve entered it. And you only use one machine for many pest control problems, making it an economical option for the long term.