Gophers

How To Rid Your Yard of Those Pesky Gophers

How To Rid Your Yard of Those Pesky Gophers
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  • Brian Casey

Trapping is the final method for getting rid of gophers in your yard. This often will result in killing the gophers, but it may be the only solution if other controls fail. Traps designed specifically for gophers are available commercially. They should be placed right in the gopher hole, at the bottom of the hole.

  1. How do you get rid of gophers in your yard?
  2. What attracts Gophers to your yard?
  3. How do I get rid of gophers and moles in my yard?
  4. What time of day are gophers most active?
  5. What is the best gopher repellent?
  6. What is the most effective way to kill gophers?
  7. What do gophers hate the most?
  8. Will coffee grounds deter gophers?
  9. How deep do gopher tunnels go?
  10. What is the fastest way to get rid of moles in your yard?
  11. What smells do gophers hate?

How do you get rid of gophers in your yard?

Moles and gophers can damage your lawn and garden. Control them humanely by eliminating their food source, spraying with liquid repellents, scattering repellent granules, using barriers and/or digging trenches lined with wire mesh or hardware cloth.

What attracts Gophers to your yard?

These pests stick around when you have moist, cool, healthy dirt. The better your lawn looks, the better chance of housing moles or gophers. They feed off of insects and plant roots. ... It's a common expression that gophers are 'all mouth and no heart,' because they will eat just about any plant.

How do I get rid of gophers and moles in my yard?

To keep rodents from making their home in your yard in the first place, repel them with their least favorite tonic, castor oil. Naturally offensive to moles and pocket gophers, castor oil is best applied in early spring, mid-summer and early fall.

What time of day are gophers most active?

Gophers dig extensive tunnel systems and are usually not seen on the surface. They are active year round and may burrow at any time of day. However, gophers are most active in the spring when they may construct up to three mounds a day. Additionally, they seem to be more active around dusk and at night.

What is the best gopher repellent?

Castor oil: Gophers are strongly deterred by the taste and smell of castor oil, but it won't harm them when sprinkled around their burrows or on your vegetation.

What is the most effective way to kill gophers?

Traps are the most effective at killing gophers when placed in main tunnels which are typically used by gophers several times a day. To identify an active tunnel, use a shovel to dig it open. If the tunnel is repaired within a day or two, you'll know the tunnel is an active tunnel. Check the traps once or twice a day.

What do gophers hate the most?

Start by planting natural gopher-repellent plants such as natal plum, lavender, salvia, catmint, oleander, penstemons, rhaphiolepis, rosemary, and/or strawberries. If you tend to a flower or vegetable garden, dig a trench around the plot and bury a wire mesh screen (hardware cloth) in it to prevent burrowing.

Will coffee grounds deter gophers?

After you have finished brewing a cup of coffee, sprinkle the grounds into the tunnels and cover them with soil. You can also mix the coffee grounds into your soil. It will help repel the gophers while fertilizing your plants. ... The strong smell will send the gophers away.

How deep do gopher tunnels go?

Pocket gophers live in a burrow system that can cover an area that is 200 to 2,000 square feet. The burrows are about 2½ to 3½ inches in diameter. Feeding burrows are usually 6 to 12 inches below ground, and the nest and food storage chamber can be as deep as 6 feet, depending on soil type.

What is the fastest way to get rid of moles in your yard?

Repel or eliminate moles in your yard by following these steps:

  1. Remove their food source.
  2. Avoid overwatering your lawn.
  3. Apply repellents.
  4. Poison moles with bait.
  5. Kill moles with traps.

What smells do gophers hate?

To repel gophers naturally, try putting a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls, and then placing the cotton balls inside tunnel entrances. Gophers do not like the smell of peppermint, so this non-lethal gopher control method is a natural gopher repellent that can help rid your yard of these subterranean rodents.

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