Carter Pest Control, Pest Library: Voles–Gophers

HOW TO IDENTIFY GOPHERS: CARTER PEST CONTROL GUIDE

Gophers are considered common garden pests, best known for their ability to destroy your lawns and gardens. They are medium-sized burrowing rodents characteristically having fine brown fur, hard front teeth, small beady eyes, short tails, small ears, and long claws for digging. They range from approximately 5 to 14 inches long (including head and body).

 

Gophers live underground and use their teeth and claws to dig tunnel systems in search for food.  They are attracted to moist, light-textured soil with edible vegetation, as their diet consists mainly of plants, grass, roots, and trees, which makes your landscaped lawn and garden prime real estate.

 

In addition to causing havoc in your lawn and garden, gophers chew through underground utility cables, water lines, and lawn sprinkler systems. They are also known carriers of dangerous diseases, such as rabies and monkey pox. They are commonly infested with external parasites too, such as lice, fleas, ticks, and mites, which can be passed on to outside pets and carried inside your home. In addition, although gophers are shy and reclusive, they will defend themselves if they are cornered. It is recommended you contact a pest control professional for a full evaluation prior to beginning any control efforts.  If you suspect that you have gophers living in or around your property, CARTER PEST CONTROL can evaluate the situation and help you determine the best approach.

CARTER PEST CONTROL LOCATES GOPHERS:  AROUND YOUR HOME

Preventative measures include growing plants that gophers do not like, such as peppers, garlic and rhubarb, in close proximity to the garden plants they love. Placing netting or screen fencing around the gardens with food sources can also help keep gophers from settling in your yard.

Gophers can be found in a number of places in and around your Southern Central United States area home.  The presence of fresh mounds of dark, moist soil is a sign of recent gopher activity. CARTER PEST CONTROL will thoroughly inspect your property, find the gopher’s source of food and home, and help you decide on the best comprehensive approach.

CARTER PEST CONTROL DISCUSSES GOPHERS:  SEASON: WHEN IS IT?

Gophers do not hibernate and are active all year. Depending on the species and local conditions, gophers may an annual breeding season, commonly seen in early Spring (April-May), but may breed repeatedly through the year. Females give birth to litters of 2-10 gopher pups, and can produce 3 to 4 litters a year.

Servicing the Southern Central United States area, CARTER PEST CONTROL is a full service pest control company with a wide range of animal control solutions. Contact us today to inspect your property and create a custom plan for your situation.

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