Other Names: Salamander derived from nickname, “sandy mounder”
The gopher lives most of its life below ground in a series of complex tunnels and subterranean chambers. Gophers’ underground activity can cause disastrous damage to farms, gardens, and landscaping.
A gopher can create large, horseshoe-shaped mounds that could cause damage to passing farm equipment. Additionally, its tunnels often interfere with irrigation systems, dams, fields and homeowners' gardens.
If you need the best gopher control solutions, then Victor® has the answers. Below is information on the best gopher control options, such as gopher traps, poison bait, repellents, and fumigants.
We also offer some prevention tips, although these critters can be sneaky and hard to keep out.
Stop dealing with the damage these creatures cause; use Victor’s gopher control options.
Trapping is an extremely effective and
reliable method of Gopher control. Gopher trapping can be done at any time of year, but it generally is easiest and most effective during Spring and Fall.
Once Gopher activity is detected, it is important to move quickly so pregnant females can be caught before giving birth to her offspring.
Traps are most effective when placed in main tunnels since these are the runways used by Gophers several times a day. To identify these tunnels, use a shovel to dig 12-18 inches away from the horseshoe-shaped mounds.
Traps should be placed back-to-back in the gopher hole and flush with the bottom of the tunnel. It is important to secure the trap by wire or cord to a stake positioned outside of the tunnel entrance. This will prevent Gophers and their predators from dragging traps away from tunnel locations.
It is important to check the trap once or twice a day. When used correctly, a trap can produce a catch within 48 hours.
It is best to move the trap to another location in the runway if you do not catch a gopher in this time frame.
Some electronic, magnetic and vibration devices have been marketed as being effective in repelling underground pests. None, however, have been proven effective.
Fumigants have limited effectiveness because Gophers' burrow systems are too extensive and allow too much distribution to reach toxic levels of the poisonous gas. Moreover, gophers are able to detect these gases and are quick to block off the affected portions of the tunnel.
Prevention methods are generally not very practical and can never fully protect your lawn. It is more difficult to exclude Gophers than Moles, since Gopher tunnels can be up to 6 ft. deep.
Barriers may help to prevent Gophers from entering smaller areas, such as gardens.
Aluminum sheeting or mesh hardware cloth buried 2.5 feet into the ground with 6 inches exposed above the soil may provide protection for ornamental trees and shrubs or flower beds. Plastic netting can be used to protect seedlings.
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