Gopher Trapping and Treatment
Gopher trapping and treatment can save your yard. For gophers we set traps in the runs that are staked down. These traps are monitored every seven-ten business days. Furthermore, we also to service calls if new activity is noticed. In addition, we may also use a gopher probe to deliver bait into the gopher run(s) approximately 8 -12 inches from mound of soil. The bait is delivered below ground and consequently out of reach of any domestic animals. The bait smells like anise or black licorice and is made from the husk of the fruit of the Strychnos nux vomica plant canola oil and milo seed. It will kill the gopher in 2 – 3 hours after eating bait.
Gophers usually live alone within their burrow system, except when females are caring for their young or during breeding season. Gopher densities can be as high as 60 or more per acre in irrigated alfalfa fields or in vineyards. Gophers reach sexual maturity about 1 year of age and can live up to 3 years. In non-irrigated areas, breeding usually occurs in late winter and early spring, resulting in 1 litter per year; in irrigated sites, gophers can produce up to 3 litters per year. Litters usually average 5 to 6 young.
Gophers don’t hibernate and are active year-round, although you might not see any fresh mounding. They also can be active day and night.
Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, feeding on many garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Gophers also gnaw and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can divert and carry off irrigation water, which leads to soil erosion. In addition, Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the aesthetics of well-kept turf grass.