Gopher Control from Lawns
Gophers are one of the most destructive animals on the planet, will do thousands of dollars worth of damage to a lawn in a single night and are very hard to catch, this makes it one of the most allusive. destructive animals to homeowners in the U.S. Gophers cause a tremendous amount of lawn damage.
It is estimated that Gophers will do over a billion dollars worth of damage to lawns in Georgia, Florida and other southern states every year. These animals are also known as pocket gophers.Both the gopher and the pocket Gopher has extremely long upper and lower teeth, which are always exposed, in other words they have extremely bucked teeth, and very large paws armed with very large claws; it uses its large teeth as a pick to pick away dirt as it tunnels and its paws as shovels as it tunnels through the ground. It will purge the dirt from the tunnel as it goes making what is called relief tunnels, this is the very large mounds you see in yards and lawns. Gophers do not hibernate, Therefore they must store large caches of food in order to make it thru the winter. The gopher lives and does most of their foraging underground, feeding mostly on roots from plants and grasses. Except for a brief period during the mating season, gophers are solitary creatures—only one animal will occupy each tunnel system. So sometimes although the damage may look severe, there may in fact be only one or two gophers on your property.
Types of Gophers
There are many different types of gophers in the United States, at last count the Mammal encyclopedia recognized 19 different sub species of the pocket gopher, they are as follows: Southern Pocket Gopher, Desert Pocket Gopher, Plains Pocket Gopher, Jones’s Pocket Gopher, Texas Pocket Gopher, Bairds Pocket Gopher, Llano Pocket Gopher, Attwaters Pocket Gopher, Yellow Faced Pocket Gopher, Northern Pocket Gopher, Western Pocket Gopher, Bottas Pocket Gopher, Southern Pocket Gopher, Wyoming Pocket Gopher, Idaho Pocket Gopher, Mountain Pocket Gopher, Townsends Pocket Gopher and the Camas Pocket Gopher. These are all the different types of gophers found in the U.S. As this section of our website grows, you will be able to click on the various types of gophers for some very detailed information about that particular type of gopher.
I have gopher damage in my yard
Gopher damage in your yard in very easy to spot, you will have large mounds of dirt just appear from nowhere. These are what was referred to earlier a relief tunnels, these mounds are made by the burrowing gopher in order to expel dirt from the burrowing system in order to make its digging much easier, the deeper the burrow, the more dirt the gopher will have to expel in order to make traveling in its tunnel system easy. There is basicly only one way to handle this gopher problem in the lawn, that is to trap the gopher that is causing g the damage, eliminate the problem! There are many websites that will try to explain to you how to trap a gopher, but I will tell you this take time and a considerable investment in traps, we recommend that you hire a professional animal trapper from our list of professional wildlife removal operators. This is the solution that we recommend. As mentioned you could always trap the gophers, We will put trapping tips on these pages as time goes on, just check back!