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Mercurianmad
Jun 10, 2020 9:24 PM CST
What are these mounds? It's rocky clay soil. AntA? Gophers? Any help would be much appreciated
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Name: sumire
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sumire
Jun 10, 2020 11:28 PM CST
Probably either gophers or moles. It is hard to tell the difference between the two by the soil lumps and you can safely eliminate prairie dogs (we used to call them the "valley dogs" because it was the Central Valley) or ground squirrels because you didn't mention seeing them and I don't see any exits.

If you start losing plants, sheared off underground you have gophers. Moles don't eat plant roots.

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Calif_Sue
Jun 11, 2020 1:33 AM CST

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Probably gophers, my garden nemesis.
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BigBill
Jun 11, 2020 4:08 AM CST
I am thinking fire ants.
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Northern California
Mercurianmad
Jun 11, 2020 4:10 AM CST
Ok. Well we've got gopher sensors around plants and lawns. They make this awful buzzing sound. Anything else I can do? Assuming it's not ants.
Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
MsDoe
Jun 11, 2020 7:33 AM CST
Here's some good information from UC Davis Integrated Pest Management:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTN...

Managing gophers can turn into a full time hobby! Good luck...
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Calif_Sue
Jun 11, 2020 1:33 PM CST

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BigBill said:I am thinking fire ants.


May need a closer photo of some of the mounds to get a sense of size, could be ants although no fire ants in No. California as of yet.
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