Pocket Gophers - Knowledgebase Question

San Bernardino, CA
Question by CherOhkee
June 15, 2000
Are there any plants that gophers don't prefer the roots of?I had California Poppys growing, and they ate all of those roots.


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Answer from NGA
June 15, 2000

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Although there are lots of reported remedies for getting rid of gophers, including plants and homemade concoctions, 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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