The Q&A Archives: rodent problems

Question: I've got gophers attacking from underground and ground squirrels attacking from above ground. Passed my fence, I've got an open field on 2 sides of my yard, a neighbors yard on one side and my house on the other. Both animals are tunneling under the fence and then running amuck in my yard. What is my best defense? I grow veggies and flowers and have some 2 yr old trees.

Answer: Your problems with wildlife may not be easily solved. For the gophers/moles, you can begin by removing their food supply (grubs) by inoculating your lawn with milky spore disease (available at garden centers). You might also try walking over the tunnels to flatten them; this often encourages them to go elsewhere. A final suggestion is to use traps. Choose scissors type traps and place them in the main runs. If nothing else, you'll reduce the population. As for the squirrels, place a barrier between them and their food source (your plants). Drape bird netting over all the plants they favor. Once they determine they cannot feed in your yard, they should go elsewhere and you can remove the netting. Wish I had more suggestions!

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