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Gophers Survive Exploding Volcanos!

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.

What Do You Give a Gopher for Christmas? The “Boot”!

Gopher It! Give Gophers the Boot!
Gopher It! Give Gophers the Boot!

That gopher that’s been living in your front yard for the last 2 years,  now considers himself part of the family. Just like creepy Cousincouch-potato Earle, that came to visit two Christmases ago and is now living in the basement, your gopher is entrenched and living rent free in your yard.   So, what do you give your gopher this Christmas?  The same thing that you give Cousin Earle.  The boot!

Pocket gophers live solitary lives in underground tunnel systems (sound like Cousipocket-gopher-close-upn Earle in the basement?), which they vigorously defend. They prefer loosely compacted or sandy soil for easy excavation. Their systems are typically made up of shallow feeding tunnels that run downward into deep nesting tunnel systems that can be several feet underneath the shallow systems. The average shallow tunnel depth is between 6-12 inches.

Gophers can heave up large amounts of soil in random mounding patterns, each forming a crescent shaped mound. (Mole mounds are conical in shape and form almost linear directions pocket-gopher-tunnelsin their digging patterns.) Gophers will forage above ground very near the tunnel opening for food and nesting material, just like creepy Cousin Earle, who makes his way up the stairs from the basement to raid the fridge. They have been known to create up to 70 mounds a month destroying gardens and lawns alike.

Gophers do not go dormant or hibernate, but they will take prolonged rest periods when temperatures or humidity reach uncomfortable extremes, and will go to deep nesting runway systems and live off stored food caches. Sounds like Cousin Earle again.

The most frustrating thing about gophers (and Cousin Earle), besides their year-round, daytime and nocturnal activity, is their ability to thwart your most creative and diligent eviction tactics.

Gopher resistant plants, natural predators, smelly repellent concoctions, Juicy Fruit gum, noise makers and vibrators, gas and smoke bogopers being blown upmbs, water boarding (tunnel flooding) and poisons, can all be part of an eviction program.  But 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 your best efforts have failed, and all you want for gopher-and-snakes-cartoonChristmas is your beautiful yard and garden back!