How Do I Get Rid of a Gopher? - Knowledgebase Question

Rosamond, Ca
Question by tallred511
August 19, 2009
I have a gopher...or possibly a family of gophers that are slowly destroying my 30 beautiful rose bushes and irises. I have used gopher gassers, poison, gum and everything else that Google suggests...nothing works! I'm just so sad and disappointed that garden I worked so hard on is being ruined. Are there plants I can plant to discourage them from coming in the garden? HELP!! Thaks So Much! Kathe

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2009


I've had a similar experience so I know just how you feel. Moles and gophers can be exasperating when they take up residence in a yard. The critters tunnel through the soil feeding on grubs, worms and beetles. Sometimes they chew through plant roots and bulbs, causing damage to the plants. The best way to control these pests is by trapping. Invest in one or two scissors-type traps and set them in the active runs. The best approach is to use a stiff metal probe (like a straightened wire coathanger) to find the main runs. Start at a mound of soil and explore the ground with the probe, finding the longest tunnel. You'll be able to tell by whether or not the probe penetrates into the soil easily. Short tunnels are used infrequently, so your best chance of trapping will be by placing a trap in a frequently used main run. Once you've found a likely tunnel, set the trap and cover it with a section of turf or a board to exclude daylight. Keep setting the trap until you stop catching moles and gophers. It may take an entire season, but persistence pays off and eventually you'll reduce the population of the creatures. Healthy soil naturally has a large population of insects. As long as the insects inhabit the soil, moles and gophers will be attracted. Wish there were an easier way to eliminate moles and gophers from the landscape.

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