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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 29, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Will a gopher eat tomato roots ?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 4:40 PM CST
Yes. And come back for seconds. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 29, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Well. Daisy. Shoot. Guess my sisters tomato plant is done for 😭!!!
I hear tell, tomato plants are poisonous, but i guess not to gophers. Thats what i was afraid of. Hopefully ! The gophers wont find her other two plants. She had no problem last few years. The suckers don't come up in her yard, so we can't catch the little scoundrels.
👺👺👺.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 8:27 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Set the traps in the runs, not where the gophers surface. Somewhere in your sister's yard are gopher runs. Use a pointed stick (bamboo plant stakes work well) and start poking holes in the ground around the plants. You will know when you hit a run (its the hollow spot), then dig down until you find it, set traps going in all directions, cover (with a piece of cardboard or bricks or...) and fill in the edges so no light escapes into the tunnel you just set the traps in. And wait. I tie my traps to a stake or a brick (or eachother) because I got tired of digging after them. When you catch the critter, bury his body in the run. It slows the gophers down a bit because they don't care for the dead bodies of their comrads.

Good luck!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2017 10:14 AM CST
Thanks Daisy. I know about setting traps. Butt ! I never thought about probing with stick or metal rod for burrow. GOOD ANSWER !!! GOOD ANSWER !!! Thumbs up Hurray!
It's going to be a bit of a challenge ! Digging a hole, that is. Since sisters vege bed is only about 2 1/2 foot by 7 or 8 foot. Shes probably not going to want a big hole there. She lives in mobile home park, you know how small those yards are.
And im for sure, you know that, you never have one gopher. Its just a matter of time, before another comes along, and says. Hay ! Martha, we just found us a new home #!#!
😡👺😡👺
My nephew uses a rat trap, where mounds are, covered with a 5 gallon bucket, with big rock on top, so his dogs can't get to trap.
Of course, sister doesn't have any mounds, but that my be helpfull to others who do.
Thanks. Again.
Home depot # hear i come !
😎😎😎
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 31, 2017 1:49 PM CST
@daisyl 😁hi.
Amazealing !!! 😮 My sisters tomato plant is recovering. 😎
My theory is, tap root went threw gopher hole, new gopher came threw, and chewed it off.
BUTT !!! I've got. A caddy shack ! VENGENCE ### going ! 👺👺👺
Sister, like me. Live near ditches.
SO ! Whistling ! More, will, eventually be along.
A few months back, one came up in sister, Jan's, yard !!! She killed it.
So !!! This one is saying. " Were ! Back ! " 👺👺👺!!!
I lost one trap, with last gopher i caught. Wire to rusty. Sucker drugg it away. I dug around for it. Nope !
Bye ! And. GARDEN !!!! HOE !!!!
😎😎😎
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May 31, 2017 3:25 PM CST

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I use Cinch traps, never lost one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002J89XYA/ Got good reviews, especially from this local legend!
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