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I've had gophers for two months and can't seem to get rid of
them. I've tried repellents and it keeps them away for
awhile but then they come back. I have a dog and have to do
something that won't harm him. Any ideas you have would be
greatly appreciated. Linda
I am gopher free at the moment. My neighbors and I had
severe problems front and back garden this summer. I tried
the water bourne repellent. It may have worked for a bit.
The smoke bombs you stick in the hole cause lots of smelly
smoke and seem effective for a bit longer. I finally
relented and bought the gopher stakes at OSH Hardware. They
were two stakes to the box. They take lots of D batteries.
You bury them to their top in the ground. They emit a beep
every few seconds. After about two weeks, the gophers were
gone and have been gone at least 1 1/2 months now. I passed
them on to a friend. They are working for him, too. Good
I have always wondered if dry ice would work. You would pack
it into the gopher holes, as far as possible, and cover it
over again. The dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, which is
evanesces into a heavy gas; it would displace the air in
the holes, and the gophers would asphyxiate, and remain
buried to fertilize your garden. This does mean killing the
poor little fellers, and dealing with your feelings about
that, but it's a painless way to do it. Tom
We've had great success using these simple gopher traps from
Home Depot, about $10 for 2 traps. You place them in the
gopher hole, so you may have to watch your dogs so they
don't get caught up in them. But they usually catch the
gophers in the evening and/or overnight. Good luck!
Just like with ants, you exclude them from where you don't
want them because you will never be able to kill them all.
However, a feral cat rescue person said that a marginally
domesticated cat could kill them all for us. We are
considering adopting a feral cat. (The rescue is based in
Oakland, I haven't looked into it.) Gophers will just keep
coming back (just like ants). With gophers, you need to line
your garden or vegetable beds with the gopher wire. Or plant
each item in a gopher basket. Even doing that, a gopher can
make a mess of your yard. Piles of dirt show up and cover
your lovely ground cover. You can catch a gopher really
easily, easier than a mouse, by using a gopher trap. Just
follow the instructions and it works within an hour,
usually. It will only work if the hole is fresh (that is the
''active tunnel''). After a while you get to learn what is
fresh or not. My method is to scoop out a shovel of dirt
from where the hole is, which is basically taking off the
roof of the gopher tunnel, then I place the trap in the
tunnel/hole. I place the dirt back on top if it's still
consolidated. If not, just use a flower pot or something
else to put over the trap so that you don't trip the trap,
but you block the light. The gopher will then be compelled
to fix its home immediately so that's why it will work
usually right away. With trapping and exclusion, you can
keep them at bay. Another thing by the way is they don't
like herby stuff like sages and in fact ''euphorbia'' have
bitter and/or toxic secretions that they won't eat so I have
started planting some of those around to keep them at bay as
the roots emit the secretions, too. They seem to leave
lavender alone, too. (Ants are easier to manage than
gophers!) Good luck Trying to Be a Gardener
This worked for me.
Watch the Youtube video on how to set.
-I HATE GOPHERS.
We are planning to do some work on our backyard--remove a
lot of rock, put in some grass, a garden and some fruit
trees. Our problem is moles (or gophers, I forget which the
pest guy said they were) that are burrowing from our
neighbor's yard. He said based on looking into her back
yard, that it has quite a lot of evidence of gopher/mole
activity and that she's probably had them for a long time.
For various reasons, this is a neighbor that we don't speak
to, and we suspect doesn't have the resources to pay to have
them removed (assuming that she would want to). I've heard
of burying mesh in the ground around planting beds and trees
to protect them. Can this be done under the entire back
yard? Is it possible to dig a trench along the fence and
put the mesh vertically to prevent the critters from
entering our yard? If so, how deep do we have to go? We
would love recommendations of people/landscapers who could
help us with this. Thx!
Having been a landscaper and a home owner w/ gophers in my
yard, I think you are at a dead end. The only way I know of
to protect plants from gophers is, as you said, to bury each
one surrounded by wire mesh. This of course won't keep them
from digging and making a mess elsewhere. Our gophers have
dug up under our flagstone patio. A mesh barrier between
properties won't work unless it's really really deep and
long...you'd have to surround your entire garden. My
husband tried poison, but because we have dogs I put a stop
to that and I'm also very anti any kind of toxin. We
finally got a wind mill kind of thing....it stakes into the
ground and the wind turns the top creating a vibration under
the ground. It seems to work pretty well. I've also heard of
things that emit a high pitch sound that they don't
like....but neither do the dogs or cats of the neighborhood.
We also got a cat (not for the gophers) and the cat is doing
a good job at catching them (and my terrier dog kills
So, as far as your neighbor goes.....There are a zillion
gophers around the area. Be glad they're in your neighbors
yard and not yours. If she does something to get rid of
them, they may very well end up in your yard.
I doubt there's anything legal you can do....it's kind of
like saying 'the deer that hangs out in your yard eating
your plants is coming into my yard...make it stop'. Gophers
were here before we were. They're wild animals. We're
encroaching on their turf. Live with it. anon
I've noticed just this week that I have a rodent problem.
Not sure if it's a mole or a gopher. I'm looking for a
service that can trap and remove them. I'm terribly
squeamish and can't imagine dealing with this on my own!
I've searched BPN, and called a few trapping services, but
no one deals with gophers and/or moles that I've found.
Any advice welcome!
The problem is that even if someone was willing to come in
to trap for you the animals would return. Sometimes you
would get a break and be gopher free for 6 months but
eventually they will be back. What works really well are
gopher cages - they are cheap and you can purchase them from
Peaceful valley farm supply - they protect roots of plants
enough for them to grow. And gophers don't like everything -
we found that many natives were fine with gophers. Lining
raised beds with chicken wire also works. Go here to learn
more about gophers:
Gardening with gophers
Call Helmut Tutass at Bay Area Pest Elimination 510-717-
3506. He's an excellent exterminator and is a bulldog when
it comes to getting rid of all types of unwanted critters.
He's very reliable, easy to work with and a nice guy too.
There is an imbedded drainage pipe in the up-sloping hill
behind our house. The hill collects rain water and the pipes
(drilled into the hill when the houses were built) directs the
water into the underground pipe which then goes to sewer.
Gopher (an army of gophers?) invaded the area and dug up
absolutely everything. Now water does not go into pipes any
longer but comes out springing from under ground in very many
places, including going towards our house.
To fight the gopher, we tried poison, gas, sonic devices,
traps, everything we could read about. The gopher stays, digs
new holes, creating new water springs in random places.
We are at a loss - we are guessing the underground pipes are
clogged by gopher activity (soil? rocks?) so water finds
alternative ways. We tried talking to EBMUD but since all this
is on a private property, they said it's our own problem.
We're so scared the underground tunnels and water springs will
crack our foundation, destroy our house.
What should we do? Can we do it on our own or must it be a
major engineering project? If we need an expert, what kind of
Shake Away and the web site is www.shake-away/products.com. We
used the one for rodents like voles, moles, mice and rats. It
contains garlic oil. They have another product for Small
Critters like gophers and a number of other animals that contains
fox urine; we did not use that product. They charge $15.95 for
each of their cans.
We also used garlic tablets from another company called
www.gardeners.com. They also sell castor oil which apparently
repells moles and gophers and is the most cost effective product.
They also have Shake Away for $19.95.
We used the garlic oil from shake a way once and the garlic
tablets from gardeners.com once. The next day the gopher
disappeared; we have only had gophers twice in the last year.
One gopher can make many tunnels and they are solitary animals.
You probably have only 1 gopher.
Gopher traps are another option. Let me know if you want info on
that; we did not need to try the traps.
Anybody have advice on how to rid my backyard of gophers?!
It's taken me over 3 months of my hard labor to relandscape my
backyard and now a gopher is eating my plants! I prefer not
using any poisons as I have a dog. I actually saw the gopher
pop its head up out of the tunnel, but by the time I got over
there, it had disappeared. My dog did not even notice it even
tho he was only about 10 feet away! A friend told me to set a
trap, but you need to know which tunnel to place it in being
that there is a main tunnel plus lateral ones. Any advice
would be appreciated!
Gopher driving me crazy
Here's a site you might want to look up: GetridofGopher.com.
Their Gopher Repellers are the most humane and environmental friendly
way of keeping gardens and lawns free of destructive gophers, moles and
voles. Gophers have a very acute sense of hearing and sensitivity to
ground vibration. The technology in their repellers exploits this
sensitivity to produce a penetrating sonic sound that irritates gophers,
moles, voles and burrowing rodents which may utilize tunnels dug by
moles. They can get rid of your gopher problem without dangerous traps
or poison. Their products are safe for use around pets and children.
We've had good luck with a product called Go'pher It that my husband
bought at OSH. It's a battery-powered metal stake that vibrates at a
frequency that gophers and moles don't like. It seems a bit far-fetched,
but we quit finding new gopher holes after we started using it Pam
I'll preface this by saying I'm not into animal cruelty, but a gopher in
my back yard would really push my limits. Friends have them and lets say
its been tough going.
One of my gopher friends is trying something new(as of a few days
ago)...she heard that juicy fruit gum might work. You chew a piece or
two lightly and pop it down the gopher hole. She was told by someone
they like it and choke on it. Sounds awful. It worked for her
moles/voles. Good luck Anon
I have seen the previous posts about rodent control and
exterminators but nothing specifically about gophers or
moles.We have some gophers or moles ripping up our lawn
and would like some advice in getting rid of them or
services we can call.
I certainly understand your distress having done battle
with a mole in our backyard this summer. First thing is to
identify if indeed you have a gopher or a mole--they have
different mounding/tunnel tendencies. From our experience,
if you have a mole, you might just learn to live with it,
because our various attempts to get rid of it, were utter
failures. We hired ''Critter Control'' to put out
the ''guillotine'' type traps to kill it, but after a month
and $100, we all called it quits. I talked to Contra Costa
Animal Control about it and they didn't give me much hope
either. The one thing that worked a little (maybe?) is
that the mole was tunneling under our irrigated lawn and it
was recommended that we change our watering regime to early
morning (rather than the evening) so the lawn dried out a
little more and provided less of a grub habitat which is
what moles eat. But anyway, the mole eventually went away
on his own (overall stay about 3 months) and he's been gone
about 4 months now. I wish you luck but not much hope!
a mole a day keeps the grubs away
After many years of professional gardening, this is the first
time I've had to deal with the problem of moles burrowing
through a newly planted parking strip. How have people
dealt with moles in the garden? I am loathe to kill them - but
are there alternatives? Thanks in advance.
I think I read this tip in a local newspaper (or maybe here in
the digest?) for getting rid of gophers...this person put dog
poop down every visible gopher hole in her garden, and that kept
the gophers away! (She happened to have two dogs so acquiring
dog poop was not a problem.) Although, I've never tried this
myself--I have a dog but fortunately no gophers--so I don't know
if it really works.
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