Gopher-proof vegetable beds with gopher wire

Gopher Wire

Make your vegetable beds gopher-proof using wire. A fun article on the subject that I found here: http://santacruzwire.com/index.php/farm-reporter/23-farm-reporter/214-how-to-builld-a-gopher-proof-garden-bed.html is included.

 

Many  people find a gopher in the ir veggie garden after it is too late. I always recommend putting a long lasting wire bottom and sides on a vegetable bed so that if a gopher gets in, you will have time to trap him before he starts killing plants. This will work for moles too, though moles don’t eat plants, they dislodge a lot of soil around their roots.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

A fun article on the subject that I found here: http://santacruzwire.com/index.php/farm-reporter/23-farm-reporter/214-how-to-builld-a-gopher-proof-garden-bed.html is included of you can click on the link to directly to the page:

“A Gopher-Proof Bed For Your Victory Garden”

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (April 2009 ) – The Victory Garden is back. Given the sad state of the economy this year, interest in home-grown food is soaring. The National Gardening Association estimates that 7 million U.S. households plan to plant new vegetable gardens this year, boosting the number of backyard plots to 43 million. First Lady Michelle Obama has even installed a kitchen garden at the White House, imparting a patriotic feel to the sometimes grubby business of growing your family’s food.

If you, too, are taking the gardening plunge this year, start your growing season by building a sturdy raised bed. Here are directions for a gopher-proof redwood planter that you can build in one afternoon, and is portable enough to take with you if you move.

Materials for a 42-inch-square raised bed, purchased at local stores, will cost about $80, and the finished planter should last at least ten years. Local lumberyards will cut your boards to length, so the only tools you will need are a power screwdriver, wire cutters, and a heavy-duty staple gun.

But before you strap on the toolbelt, take a look at your yard and figure out the best location for your new garden bed. At a minimum, choose a spot with the best possible sun exposure, and access to a hose. Proximity to a warm, south-facing wall is a plus, and you’ll need access for a wheelbarrow.

These raised beds are going on top of an existing, gopher-infested, lawn.

Use 2 x 12 redwood boards so the planter is sturdy, and deep enough for healthy roots. Redwood is naturally rot-resistant, and will not release toxic chemicals into the soil as will pressure-treated lumber, creosote-soaked railroad ties, or discarded truck tires.

You will need eight metal corner braces for each planter, two for each inside corner, measuring at least 2.5” x 1.5”. To keep the gophers out, line the box with heavy-duty gopher wire or hardware cloth .

Gopher wire is expensive, but lasts longer than flimsy poultry wires. Some local hardware stores and nurseries sell gopher wire in prepackaged rolls of 25 feet to 100 feet in length. This type of gopher wire looks like aviary wire but is sturdier, and is easy to work with because of its flexibility. You can also use hardware cloth, which is a welded-wire mesh that can be bought by the foot at local lumberyards. Hardware cloth is much stiffer than the pre-packaged gopher wire, and harder to work with. But it is less expensive, can be bought by the foot, and lasts longer underground.

To assemble your planter box, stand the boards on edge, line them up as desired and sink two screws into each corner from the outside. Then screw the corner braces into the inside corners of the box. When the frame is assembled, cut a sheet of gopher wire big enough to fit in the bottom of the box, with a three- to six-inch overlap on all four sides. If you need to combine two narrower sheets of gopher wire, make sure to seal the overlapped seam securely with twisted wire, or gophers can easily slip through the opening.

First, sink screws from the outside of the box

Then install the corner braces

Press the wire into the bottom of the box and up along the sides using gloved hands or even your feet, paying special attention to getting the wire tight against the inside corners of the box. Gophers are persistent and can squeeze through very small openings – you need to thoroughly staple the wire to the wood to keep the little pests out.

Load up your staple gun with half-inch staples, and fix the wire to the wood, setting a double row of staples every few inches along the entire perimeter of the box. Spend extra time in the corners, making sure the staples are set deeply into the wood.

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Roll out and cut a sheet of gopher wire to fit

And that’s it.

Scoot the box into place, level it with shims, rocks or dirt, and fill it up with the contents of the compost pile you built in December . Forgot to build that compost pile? Then you may have to spend some money on bagged compost from the garden store, or a truckload of .compost from the landfill

Now you’re ready to plant. And if at the end of summer you decide to move your garden box, all you need to do is shovel out the soil and jiggle the box free of roots that may be entwined in the gopher wire.

Materials for this 42-inch planter cost about $80

A great article on Gophers in Santa Cruz Mountains by Jan Nelson 4.18.2013

Hi folks! I found this great and well written article on Gophers int eh Sana Cruz Mountains by Jan Nelson and I wanted to re-post it here for all to see. The article covers many facts about gophers, and gopher control methods. Though we here at Smith’s do not utilize repellants, we do find it interesting to learn of all the ways people get rid of gophers.  We bay area gopher guys have a lot of tricks up our sleeve, but I feel the best trick is a good Trapline Gophinator. Some do like the Cinch Trap. Poisons are no bueno!

A great article on Gophers in the Santa Cruz Mountains  – Reproduced from the  electronic copy of  “The Mountain Gardner” by Jan Nelson April 18 2013

 

The Mountain Gardener: Now is the time to rid garden of gophers
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We all have a gopher, mole or a vole story to share.

I remember my first flower and vegetable garden. It was glorious. I was devastated, however, when the first of the border marigolds were sucked back into the earth, one at a time. Then the tomatoes went. Finally, my prize zinnias were victimized.

I won’t go into how the problem was solved, but it involved a basset hound named after a popular green apple.

But there are better ways to deal with problem critters in the garden, and at a recent workshop at University of California, Santa Cruz, Farm and Garden, I learned from an expert that now is the time to stop them.

Thomas Wittman first became interested in gardening as a student at UCSC where he helped build the university garden. Later, as an organic farmer at Molino Creek Farm up the coast, he encountered gophers, moles and voles that played havoc with the growing of produce. So, about 15 years ago he started his own business, Gophers Limited, to educate people and to control garden critters without the use of poison.

Wittman pointed out that simply poisoning a gopher, mole or vole doesn’t solve the problem, because feeding burrows are re-occupied by other critters — sometimes within the hour. Also those anti-coagulant toxins can be passed on to pets, hawks and other predators that might eat them.

He advocates the use of mechanical live and lethal trapping methods in the place of poisons to preserve our environment and water resources — his top priority.

Did you know that gophers are solitary, nocturnal, territorial and active year-round? All those mounds of fresh soil and trails of raised earth on the lawn you see are created by one animal. The female will drive off her young after just a few weeks of giving birth. If you dispatch a female before she gives birth in the spring, you can often solve your problem.

Don’t give her the chance to have another litter in June. She can live for three to five years.

There are no gophers in the Northeast, but the golden gopher of the Midwest is twice as large as our pocket gopher, who gets its name because the animal loves to store food inside pockets in its head.

Gophers love sprouts and apples and will gorge themselves to destruction if they are plentiful.

Perhaps you have a mole problem and are not troubled by gophers. The Gophers Limited website can teach you how to tell the difference.

Moles are carnivores and are one of the oldest animals on the planet. Arriving in our neck of the woods 40,000 years ago via the land bridge that used to exist between Asia and Alaska, these members of the shrew family are smarter than gophers. In the 13th century, the word “shrewd” came from these wily creatures.

Wittman mainly uses cinch traps to control gophers. Other traps, like the Macabee gopher trap, need to be set up in the main burrow. This excavation takes longer than the 20 seconds required for a surface trap like the cinch.

Wittman’s website has many tutorials on traps and other methods of control. When the country fair comes around in September, I’ll be sure to look at the Agriculture History display of gopher traps dating back to the early 1900s.

I also enjoyed a lively discussion of urban myths regarding gopher control. Juicy Fruit gum is not effective, according to studies at University of California, Davis.

Chocolate Ex-Lax has not been studied, so the jury is out on that one.

Putting glass or dried rose cuttings with thorns down a hole is effective, because gophers are hemophiliacs and will bleed to death if cut.

Castor oil is effective for a short time, as is coyote, cat or any other urine.

Fish emulsion or meat products are also deterrents, as gophers are committed vegetarians.

And after trapping, Wittman always leaves the dead gopher in the hole. He claims they “get the message.”

Are there plants that gophers won’t eat? Wittman claims he has seen gophers repeatedly avoid lavender, sage, salvia, rosemary, thyme and oregano. As a designer, I have a slightly longer list of gopher-resistant plants, but I always recommend planting in stainless steel gopher baskets, anyway.

I have to chuckle at a list of plants I found in a magazine that are supposedly not on a gopher’s menu. Agapanthus was on the list. Wittman smiled as he shared some of his personal slides of huge gopher burrows right underneath an agapanthus.

Hopefully gophers won’t be attacking your favorite apple, camellia or daylily this year.

Jan Nelson, a landscape designer and California certified nursery professional, will answer questions about gardening in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Email her at janis001@aol.com, or visit www.jannelsonlandscapedesign.com to view past columns and pictures.

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Smith’s Gopher Trapping Los Altos, Woodside, Portola Valley: You are just Loaded With Gophers and Moles!

A ‘hole’ lot of trouble: Local residents grapple with gophers  (borrowed from the Los Altos Town Crier by Smith’s Gopher Trapping) Print E-mail
Written by Jenneke Oostman – Town Crier Editorial Intern
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2011
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Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Local residents say they’ve been seeing more gophers, like the one pictured above, in their yards.

 

 

They’re capable of creating damage often caused by earthquakes – collapsing driveways and retaining walls, breaking pipelines and exacerbating erosion. But these havoc-wreakers weigh no more than 5 ounces.

They’re gophers – pocket gophers, to be exact – and the little rodents have created mounds of problems in Los Altos.

Local residents desperately fighting to protect their manicured lawns and pristine plants have turned to gopher exterminators like Zach Smith, who this year has seen a glut of gophers like no other.

Smith is not exactly sure why so many gophers are popping up in town. It could be an increase in construction, which often forces the little rodents out of their holes in search of new ground. Perhaps it’s the area’s rich soil and ample vegetable gardens that attract the animals.

“They’re a persistent problem. They’re not easily controlled,” said Smith, based in Los Altos.

Smith used to work as a full-time landscaper, but recently he switched his business to a full-time gopher control service because of the increase in gopher problems. He said he receives 15 calls per week from frustrated residents like Amy Madsen of Los Altos, homeowners who have tried but failed to exterminate the destructive mammals.

“It’s more of just a hassle,” Madsen said of the damage the gophers have done to her lawn.

Madsen’s gopher problem is contained to a small plot of land, but even so, a single gopher has managed to construct 11 mounds by digging holes. Each mound is typically a foot in circumference.

 

Productive pests

According to Smith, one gopher can dig 10 mounds and more than 100 feet of tunnels on a 1,000-foot plot of land. A gopher can build several mounds in a day.

The tunnels have the potential to cause severe erosion. Smith has seen driveways and retaining walls collapse in Los Altos because of gophers. In addition to contributing to erosion, gophers can also destroy water lines, sprinklers and plants.

They feed on crops, vines, grass and even trees, often eating half their weight (2-5 ounces) in food per day. Roses, California poppies and dandelions are among their favorite snacks, Smith said.

Gophers don’t restrict themselves to yards and gardens, however. They also pose a problem for those using school fields. The Los Altos School District has been dealing with gophers for as long as Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, has been on the job.

“Gophers are always an issue with fields,” said Kenyon, who has served at the school district for 23 years.

Gopher holes have been known to injure soccer players and other athletes who have stepped in them. Kenyon acknowledged that they are a safety concern, and said “we try to make (the fields) user-friendly.” Doing so requires hiring a pest control company to take care of the critters on a monthly basis.

 

Sneak attack

But not everyone relies on the experts. Smith said his clients have tried every old-fashioned trick in the book, including flooding the tunnels, poisons, smoke bombs and even feeding the gophers Juicy Fruit gum (they apparently prefer the flavor and often choke on it).

“I have to imagine that this is just crackpot science,” he said of the latter.

Los Altos Hills resident Jerry Sher tried ridding his lawn of gophers with gases – like gopher bombs – and other poisons. But none of the methods worked, so he called Smith’s Gopher Control Service. Smith’s number is now programmed into Sher’s speed-dial.

“I’ve been fighting gophers like crazy for years,” Sher said. “It got to the point where I just stopped watering my lawns. I let my whole property look like crap because of the gophers.”

Smith uses a special trap that cannot be purchased in stores. He said it works well because it takes the gopher by surprise. However, Smith does note that some gophers are harder to trap than others. It usually takes three or four attempts to kill one, but some have required as many as 10 tries.

“Some gophers get really, really smart,” Smith said. “If (the clients) have attempted and failed, it becomes a much harder gopher to trap.”

Smith said trapping is a lot like fishing – it requires patience, persistence and, of course, trial and error.

“A little bit’s luck, a little bit’s superstition,” he said.

Smith has baited traps with carrots, dandelions, poppies and peanut butter – all favorite foods of gophers – and sometimes he doesn’t use bait at all. He’s had success – and failure – with everything he’s tried.

The trap usually kills the animal immediately, squeezing it tightly around its lungs. There is little or no blood on the scene. Smith buries the dead gopher in the tunnel and covers it up with dirt from the mound. The method, Smith said, is ideal, because it is safe. Unlike poisoning – which is also effective – trapping does not pose a threat to children, pets or the environment.

Although his method is considered to be humane, Smith still receives calls from local residents who want to eliminate the gophers without killing them. However, to prevent problems elsewhere, California state law prevents Smith from trapping gophers and relocating them. He has to dispatch the animal onsite.

Residents looking for help from local government will likely come away disappointed. The Santa Clara County Division of Animal Care and Control deals only with cats and dogs, according to a representative. An official with the Santa Clara County Vector Control District said the agency doesn’t handle gopher problems, either, and referred the Town Crier to the California Master Gardeners for solutions. But the Master Gardeners declined to comment on how to deal with gophers, referring to their website (www.mastergardeners.org) for suggestions. The site cites poisoning and trapping as the most effective solutions and also recommends fumigation, underground fencing, flooding and habitat modification.

Whichever solution one tries, Smith suggests not to delay.

“This is a problem that has to be dealt with,” he said. “If you don’t kill one now, you’ll have to kill six later.”

Smith recommended gopher control services as the solution to the problem, of course, as home remedies often don’t work. But for do-it-yourselfers, he offers educational services that teach clients how to trap gophers, including tips on which trap to buy.

“Hit them hard,” he said, “and being proactive is the key to gopher control.”

For more information on Smith’s service – and gophers – visit www.gopher-trapping.com or call (408) 771-6428.

 

Gophers make gardeners around the bay area crazy: Article in the The San Jose Mercury News

I came across this great article int he San Jose Mercury News on gopher and rat problems in the garden.

Morris: Gophers and rats make for gardening problems.

Joan Morris of the San Jose Mercury News calls attention in a recent article (see link above) to the common issue that many gardeners face in the Bay area. After a ton of hard work installing a garden, they find that a  gopher has come along and destroyed many young, and some not so young, plants before they can be harvested; literally erasing weeks and months of hard work, as well as the anticipation of good things  to come.

A gopher can kill a mature vegetable plant in a night. A corn stalk can be pulled under ground, strawberries can be eaten (rats love strawberries) and as my friend gar found, a beautiful vine of hops can be severed at the ground, leaving the top to perish, and requiring another year to get the process started again.

I tell all customers who live in gopher infested areas to use gopher wire and gopher baskets when they can, so that at least they have a little protection before I can come and trap the bugger. There is no fool-proof protective measure that will last for ever but galvanized or stainless steel wire coupled with a trapper on speed dial will keep you from going insane for sure.

 

Traps are safe, poisons are not safe unless used carefully. Traps are much more productive than poison when total control is required. We use the trapline gophinator trap because it is the strongest and most efficient trap we have found, and as an added benefit it is made in Menlo Park, California USA!

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, your bay area gopher guy, service the greater bay area including Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

We trap moles, rats and voles too!

Gopher damage
Gopher Kills Large Pittosporum

 

Moles damage flagstone patios and walks

Mole damage flagstone
Moles pop up between flagstone in patios and walks and cause unsightly damage.

When moles and gophers tunnel through the landscape, they often cause damage to the paved surfaces. In the picture above we see damage caused by a mole who has pushed soil up through the flagstone and dislodged the decorative gravel. This is very complicated to repair because the expensive Salmon Bay pebbles are now mixed in with subsoil, and care must be taken to separate them, tamp the soil back down, and re-lay the pebbles.

What is worse, this mole will likely return to do it all over again if he is not eliminated completely. The best way to get rid of moles is trapping. We know many folks have “success” with poison, but frankly, the way moles behave, you may think you killed the mole only to find that “another mole” has come back in 2-4 weeks and messed the yard up again.

What typically happens is; you put poison, the mole misses it completely and moves on to another area of the neighborhood for a few weeks. He then returns to your neck of the woods to do more damage. Hence you think it is another mole. This is why we like trapping, (its also nontoxic). If you have the dead mole in your hands, you will have no doubt that the population in your area is decreased by one, and one is all you may need to kill.

Gophers make piles between flagstone too, and getting rid of them is done in a similar way, but they are much less common in patios than moles.

Meadow Vole Control

Meadow vole control reduces damage to landscape plants and crops. These mouse-like critters are herbivores that feed on the bark of  shrubs and on herbaceous perennial plants and annuals. Meadow voles are known for their habit of making holes in lawns and creating runways from hole to hole by wearing down the grass as they travel. The look is often “button holes” running through the landscape.

 

A meadow vole is about 2″ long and looks a lot like a mouse.  Their hole is about as big as a quarter to a 50 cent peice and the opening is usually clean and tidy, with the grass around it having been chewed back heavily.

Hoes like these require meadow vole control.
A typical meadow vole hole. Note the close cropped grass around the opening.

A favorite resource of ours for more information on meadow vole control is the UC Davis Pest Notes

Methods of Meadow vole control include trapping with mouse traps covered by a half piece of gutter downspout, or using gophinator mole traps inside their runs. Voles can be kept out of the lawn if there is a shallowly placed layer of gopher wire also, though this is costly to install as an after-the-fact remedy.

Re recommend a trapping program for gophers, moles, voles and woodrats to keep your property clean and damage free.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, tour bay area gopher guy, specializes in meadow vole control as well as other burrowing pest trapping. We never use poison and we guarantee results. We service Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Fremont, San Jose, Los Altos, Woodside, San Francisco, San Anselmo and Novato areas each week.

Mole Taunting the Trapper

Mole and gopher trapping works better than poison, but sometimes a mole will push a trap out of the way rather than enter its jaws. In this case a trapper will come back and set more traps at no added cost.

That is just a fact of life, and to the customer it can seem discouraging. Aren’t we professional gopher and mole trappers? Aren’t we supposed to come in and take the moles away in a jiffy? Why are these soil piles showing up the day after we were hired to come trap the critter? Well, this is a wild animal we’re dealing with here. Moles are like fish and muddy soil is like the sea. Moles can move through soft soil about as easily as they can move through their tunnels and so many times, they will just push the trap out of the way. The gophinator mole trap is a great device put if it is siting just right in a tunnel, and that tunnel is muddy, the mole may feel it and make a slight turn and go under, or beside it as it passes back by.

When this happens we get calls about continuing activity, and so we make a return visit to set some additional traps.

We do catch the mole, but sometimes the mole makes us sweat a little first.

If you see soil piles showing up in the yard, and you are not sure if it is a gopher or mole, just give us a call and we’ll come set traps for it. We encourage folks to avoid pesticides like poison, smoke bombs & gas because they rarely work and that is money wasted. We guarantee results so you can spend once and be done with the problem. A mole will spend weeks in a yard causing damage, if we wait for it to just leave on it’s own we may have a lot of repairs to do later.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping, your Bay Area gopher guy, will happily quote you the cost for service from Santa Clara to Marin and east to Contra Costa County.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service; Not just an alternative to poison….we beat poison every time!

The gophinator gopher and mole trap- how it works

Mole piles
A mole came back the next day and heaved up our trap!

 

We are Garden Heroes when Getting rid of Gophers

We are Garden Heroes when it comes to Getting rid of Gophers

We are Garden Heroes, But are we gardeners?

No, we don’t spend our days tending to the roses exactly, nor do we fret over scale on the oranges, or the recent myoporum thrips epidemic. I guess we fall in somewhere between the mower/blowers and the fine horticulturists. Really we’re probably more similar to the irrigation techs if I think about it; arms deep in muddy soil, toiling away in contorted and emasculating positions, grunting and sweating and putting our hands and knees in god knows what…. sacrificing ourselves to save the helpless hellebores, and the trembling trilliums and the petrified petunias.

We are gardeners, though we don’t actually handle plants directly, but we do play an important role in their survival. We are some kind of garden heroes, saving all those who can’t save themselves. Perhaps we need a battle cry: We are the Plant Protectors! We are the dragon slayers! We keep the boogeyman away in the night! I mean, isn’t a gopher about as horrific to a fine garden as a dragon is to a helpless medieval village? Don’t horticulturists try to shut out that awful sound of chomping coming from under the blue fescue, like a child laying with her head under her pillow, trying to shut out the growling from the monster in the closet? This is scary stuff were talking about here, but don’t be afraid little gardeners. We are your light in the darkness. We will bring you peace when you get gremlins in your gardens. We get rid of gophers!

Ok, maybe I’m making us out to be a little more than we are. I mean, lets face it. We are aren’t we just hired killers? Scumbags who can’t make it in the real gardening world, so we have resorted to being hit-men. We profit from the death of others, and for that I fear one day I will have to face the onslaught of a thousand herbivorous demons when I reach the Pearly Gates.

Oh well, maybe I will find a more virtuous career in the next life. For now I am just happy knowing that I could be a garden hero… a knight in shining armor with sword drawn and shield raised. … ”Bring it on you giant fire breathing monster, I will show you who your messing with!”

We trap moles and ground squirrels too. But they aren’t so scary. 😉

We are plant protectors. Gopher Slayers
The dragon that raids the garden. The Pocket Gopher!

Gophers and Moles in the Neighborhood

Gophers and Moles in the Neighborhood

gophers and moles in the neighborhood often follow hard edges
Typical mole damage to a lawn

Do you have gophers and moles in the neighborhood?  These animals burrow under your landscape and can cause a lot of damage. Every home that has untreated gophers or moles can cause their neighbors a lot of headache and plant losses, so we like to let everyone know in a neighborhood to look out for the signs below of gopher and mole activity and help control these guys before they cost you a lot of money in repairs and plant replacements.

Gophers and Moles in the neighborhood are everybody’s problem. Untreated, they can breed and multiply and cause costly damage. Call Smiths Gopher Trapping to get rid of gophers if you see these signs. Voles and woodrats can case a lot of chewing damage to plants as well. If you are unsure what is digging up your garden or eating you plants, please call for some free help.

gophers and moles in the neighborhood. A telltale crescent shaped Gopher mound
A good example of gopher activity

If you see these signs, give us a call and stop the damage. We’re the Bay Area’s Best gopher getter, and we never use poisons. Check us out on Yelp.com!

Thanks for checking in!

Zach Smith, your Bay Area Gopher Guy is happy to answer any questions you may have. We serve communities from Santa CLara County to Alameda and Contra Costa and west to Marin County. We get rid of gophers!

 

 

 

For more information check out UC Davis Pest Identification Gophers  and  UC Davis Pest Id for moles

 

Smiths’s Gopher Trapping Service, your bay area gopher guy,  specializes is the eradication of gophers and moles in your neighborhood, as well as voles and pack-rats in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Give a call for some fee advice or a quote! We get rid of gophers!

 

How to Identify Gopher, Mole & Ground Squirrel Damage

How to Identify Gophers & How to identify Moles:

To some folks, the sigs of burrowing pests are all to easy to identify. If you live in an area regularly infested with gophers, moles or voles you will know the signs immediately. Piles of soil, ridges in lawns, holes in the grass and chewing on plants will give away the presence of these pests.

For some folks though, these are not usual things to see, but a one time fluke. They have a new critter that wandered in one night and took up residence, and their damage is less obvious or pronounced.

It can sometimes be difficult to identify a gopher or mole problem. The included videos will help illustrate the specific damage caused by gophers and moles as well as raccoons and squirrels.








If you have any uncertainty as to what kind of burrowing pest you have in your property, please give us a call, email or text and if you can send some pictures of the damage you are seeing. We will help you identify and resolve the problem.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, your Bay Area Gopher Guy, is happy to answer questions over the phone on how to identify gopher damage, and how to reduce their impact or get rid f gophers completely. Give us a call for free advice or a quote.