Pocket Gophers                                              

Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents that get their name from the fur-lined cheek pouches, or pockets, that they use for carrying food and nesting materials.  Adults are approximately 6 – 12 inches long.  They are well equipped for digging and tunneling with large-clawed front paws, fine short fur that doesn't cake in wet soils, small eyes and ears, and highly sensitive facial whiskers to assist movements in the dark. An unusual adaptation is the gopher's lips, which can be closed behind the four large incisor teeth to keep dirt out of its mouth when it is using its teeth for digging

Mounds of fresh soil are the best sign of gopher presence. Mounds are formed as the gopher digs its tunnel and pushes the loose dirt to the surface. Typically mounds are horseshoe-shaped when viewed from above. Gophers populations may be as large as 16 to 20 per acre and, a single pocket gopher burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet.  One gopher may create several mounds in a day and are most active during spring and fall when the soil is moist and easy to dig.  Irrigated commercial properties such as lawns, flowerbeds, and gardens, digging conditions are usually optimal year round and mounds can appear at any time.

A single gopher moving through a landscaped area can cause 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 and lead to soil erosion. Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the aesthetics of well-kept turf grass. Gopher mounds and tunnels cause a danger to adults, children, and pets.  Slopes and embankments are vulnerable to serious winter erosion when gophers are not eliminated and allowed to burrow unchecked. Gophers can cause thousands of dollars of damage.  Once gopher activity is observed, it is best to contact a pest control company immediately.

Pocket Gopher Control

Once pocket gophers have been identified, we offer an initial, aggressive gopher eradication program and an optional maintenance program.  Our initial program has proven itself very successful.  On our first visit, we will treat all mounds using subsoil baits or fumigants.  Then we rake down all mounds for monitoring and aesthetic purposes.  We will return 2 – 3 times for follow-up visits and retreat all new mounds.  We also offer periodic maintenance programs, ranging from monthly to quarterly services.  Our maintenance programs include a full inspection of the area, treating any areas that have new activity, and raking down the mounds.  Many customers enjoy the convenience and reassurance of maintenance programs knowing that any new gopher activity will be treated right away, minimizing the chance of costly repairs or damage.

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