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Where Did These Gophers Come From and Why My Yard?

The most asked questions about gophers are; (1.) Why my yard and (2. )where did they suddenly come from?                                                     The easiest answers are:
Gophers migrate from neighboring properties where populations house-427154_960_720have gotten out of control, or where food sources have become scarce.  They also have a preference for cool, soft, well irrigated soil with good drainage and lots of tasty plants. So, as to why they pick your property, it may be that yours is just what they are looking for!

The most important thing to understand about gophers, is that they do not discriminate between, fields, forests, gardens, lawns, your yard or that of your neighbor.  Wherever food is plentiful, that’s where the gophers wgopher-holes-in-park-2ill be.  Like all living creatures, they need food, water and shelter to survive and our Southern California properties provide these commodities in abundance.

To understand gophers, let’s start with some Gopher basics. There are five species of gophers found in California, but the most notorious and numerous, in Southern California, is the Botta’s Pocket Gopher.

Pocket gophers are herbivorous and feed on a wide variety of vegetation, but mostly prefer fresh, tasty plants, shrubs, and trees, feeding on tender stalks and rGopher in gopher holeoots. They are burrowing rodents that are designed primarily as digging machines.  Their talent for digging holes and ruining landscapes is legendary.

Being highly640px-camas_pocket_gopher_4-1 territorial, these rodents will defend their burrows to the death from another gopher.  Other than in mating season, they will seek exclusive control of large territories that can exceed 2000 square ft. and a network of tunnels can total a mile ipocket-gopher-tunnelsn length. And by the way, their tunnels can be as deep as 6 ft. underground.

diagram of gopher burrow
diagram of gopher burrow

Pocket gophers are loners except during the breeding season (spring and summer) or when females have young with them. The young develop quickly, remain in the nest for five to six running-goperweeks, and then wander off above ground to form their own territories. This is why in the spring and summer you will see gophers scampering above ground.

Gophers are one the most frustrating creatures to invade Southern California properties.  Just when you think you have gotten rid of them, thego-for-it-cartoony reappear with a vengeance, leaving your yard or gardens looking like a battlefield .

This is why Corky’s Pest Control’s Gopher Control Service is so important.  It alleviates the stress caused by unsuccessful,  do-it-yourself failures, by eliminating active gophers and keeping others away from our customers properties.  And we do this with a consistent, proven successful, treatment plan.

Call Corky’s! 1-800-901-1102  and Schedule your service Today!

 

Gophers Survive Exploding Volcanoes!

Well, we have it from the experts that even a volcanic eruption can’t discourage gophers from their daily tasks of digging hvolcano-mount-st-helens-exploding-b-woles and burrow systems and eating whatever vegetation they fancy.

The May 8th, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens ripped the top off the volcano, obliterated 235 square miles of forests, killgopher-in-lawn-2020ed 57 people,  and blanketed much of the      Pacific   Northwest in ash. What it didn’t do was take out the resident gopher population.   Pocket gophers survived underground, under the volcanic deposits, and later went on to burrow in the old forest soil.

Suddenly, Pocket Gophers became ECO Heroes, helping plants thrive again by turning up soil as they were feeding, encouraging plants to start growing, and restoring the mountain wilderness.

As much as we would like to honor these little burrowing machines, their hole digging and burrowing antics, plus voracious appetites, wreck-havoc, in our lush lawns and beautiful gardens, not to mention the ankle twisting hazards they create and their ability to destroy whole farms.

Needless-to-say, gophers are not welcome here!

Can yards and gardens be successfully saved from these hungry, destructive, digging machines?  The answer is, yes! You can try doing it yourself or you can gopher-central-2get it done hassle free by a professional.  Do-it-yourself Gopher control is a time consuming and often expensive undertaking when homeowners, property managers or anyone else, tries to face off with these subterranean nightmares.  Home remedies; smelly repellents, noise makers, Juicy Fruit gum, gas and smoke bombs, traps and the ever unsuccessful water in the hole method are mostly ineffective, take time and persistence, can pose a danger to the gopher hunter and with the price of water these days, can break the bank. gopher-reserected-2
Even when you think you have gotten rid of gophers, one will pop up as though there has been a miraculous resurrection, but it is no such thing, just a neighborhood gopher looking for new digs and finding an empty burrow in your yard.  He’s hit the jack pot!

Persistence and Professionals are the two P’s of gopher control. When you hire professionals, you save a lot of your precious, personal time and they are equipped and committed to taking on gophers with expertise and total diligence.  Gopher Control demands consistent, persistent, and timely attention and nothing less than total commitment.

Even professionals will differ in their methods of control. In Southern California, Corky’s Pest Control is a major player in the Gopher Control Business.

gopher-x-machine-and-gopher-for-blogUsing their secret weapon, Corky’s Gopher X Machine, in combination with a proven repellent and a fantastically efficient service schedule, gophers don’t have a chance.

To Get Rid of Gophers, Prepare for War!

It seems that in the world of “Gopher Control”, nothing is foolproof.  Methods of extermination abound and stories of success and failures run rampant.  Whether your preferred method is to repel them and make them go elsewhere (like the neighbors’ yard) or to outright kill them, it seems they either find their way back or are somehow miraculously resurrected. gopher-reserected-2

So to begin the Gopher Wars…….Prepare your battle strategy, fortify your perimeters, and stock up on your ammunition.  The battle begins………

GopheGopher resistant plantsr- resistant Plants: Consider ringing your gardens with plants that repel gophers or change up your garden to include plants that gophers just don’t like to eat.

Natural Predators:  The enemy of my enemy is my friend. This holds true for those creatures who prey upon gophers. These predators can be yGopher and black catour allies, maintaining air and ground cover; owls, hawks, cats, dogs, gopher snakes and even coyotes.

Smelly Repellants: Peppermint oil, garlic oil, moth balls, castor oil, tabasco saucegopher stinky fish, fish oil or fish heads, rotting eggs, used cat litter, dog poop and urine (any kind you have available). Whip up your own concoction and place it into and around the gopher holes to discourage them from targeted areas. These methods need to be continually refreshed.

Noise makers and vibrators: Rattling gophers pinwheelspinwheels, Ultra-sonic noise makers and vibrators, a radio (that can be placed inside a gopher’s tunnel, will scare gophers away.  If you really want to scare them away for a long time, use a roto-tiller.

Juicy Fruit Gum: Does more than double the gophers pleasure but not much. Rumor is that gophers love Juicy Fruit Gum.  Place a couple oGophers and Juicy Fruit Gumf sticks in a hole and if the gopher is in the mood for gum, he’ll chew it and swallow it and depending on the gopher’s digestive system it may block the intestinal track eventually killing the gopher.

Gas or Smoke Bombs: Highway flares, smoke bombs, gas bombs and forcing carbon monoxide throughout their tunnels are all effective in encouraging gophers to depart their current living quarters but they are not long term solutions. Without a long term strategy or maintenance program they will return.

Death by drowning: This popular method is probably one of the least effective and most wasteful, considering gophers naturally buildgopher holes hose and water nests, food caches and chambers that can be barricaded against heavy rains and flooding.  They are well equipped physically to block passages and effectively divert the flood waters, leaving wasted water (a high water bill), muddy ground and annoyed neighbors (with wet soggy yards) as a result.  Oh! And don’t forget the water police (here in Southern California), you might even get a fine for using too much water.

Poisons: Vitamin D3 naturally upsets the gophers’ ability to metabGopher Poison old picolize calcium and overdoses lead to death. On the harsher and more dangerous side are products designed to inhibit blood clotting causing internal bleeding and death, to restricted products like strychnine that kills gophers and anything else that might eat it or the poisoned gopher.

Is there a way to make their disappearance final?  Can yards and gardens be successfully saved from these hungry, destructive, digging machines?  The answer is a definite maybe! when you do-it-yourself.

The essential action you must take is consistent attention. No matter what method you decide upon, it is important to follow through, keep vigilant and act immediately when activity is observed.

When is it time to hire a professional exterminator?

When time, money and patience have run out and the gophers seem to be enjoying the “game” and you start to dream of them laughing and planning their next assault, it’s time to throw in the shovel, turn off the water and call for help.  In Southern California, Corky’s Pest Control has been keeping gophers under control for hundreds of  customers, with their Gopher X Machine technology and  granular repellent applications. But what makes it successful, is consistent attention and a maintenance system that works.

Got a favorite method to get rid of gophers? Share what’s worked for you?  Leave a comment below.  Thank you.