Gophers - Knowledgebase Question

Ceres, CA
Question by happytailspr
January 8, 2000
Any non-poisonous ways to rid or keep gophers out of my yard? Non-poisonous as I have two large dogs that dig after them and tear up the lawn?


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Answer from NGA
January 8, 2000

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Although there are lots of reported remedies for getting rid of gophers. Nothing really works except trapping the creatures. Gophers and moles feed on grubs and other insects in the soil. As long as you have healthy soil teaming with beneficial insects and their larvae, you'll have the potential for attracting gophers. To get rid of gophers, invest in a scissors-type gopher trap, and set it carefully - as often as necessary to catch and kill the entire population. Once you've gotten rid of the gophers, encourage your neighbors to do the same. If it's any consolation, gophers in your yard are a compliment to your skills as a gardener. They prefer rich, moist, organic soil teeming with insects!

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