Getting Rid of Gophers - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, CA
Question by robpatprol
March 3, 2001
i live in a hill top home with a large flat yard. I have 2 small children that play in the yard we also have a terrible mole problem our yard looks like a minefield at times, and some plants dissapear before our eyes. is there a way to get rid of these without using poison that could be a danger to the kids, or traps that might freak them out. i tried a sonar thing that managed to drive us crazy but the moles didnt seem to mind it a bit. HELP!

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2001


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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