Jun 012014
 

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service visits the communities of Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Atherton every day of the week.

We are the number one gopher and mole control company providing Woodside and Portola Valley Gopher Removal. We are licensed by the state, we have workers compensation and liability insurance, and our employees are thoroughly trained to get rid of gophers.

The process of gopher removal starts with a site inspection where we set traps deep underground and then flatten all the gopher piles. The gopher is killed humanely in the trap and any new piles indicate another gopher. More traps are set until all the gophers are gone. We guarantee results, and we also back our service with a 100% money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with anything about our service, we will refund your money.

The process for mole eradication is very similar to gopher trapping. We locate the deep tunnels where possible, or we open up a mole hill, and we set traps. No poison is ever used. Traps are better at killing gopher and moles than poison. Our non-toxic approach sets us apart.

Residents of Woodside and Portola Valley choose Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service because we do not use poison, and because we guarantee results.  They know our traps are safe around their children and pest. We do not harm other wildlife. Poison can last for a long time and end up in the environment. Dead gophers full of poison can kill wildlife. We disdain poison.

The landscapes of Woodside and Portola Valley are often very healthy, and well cared for. These landscapes are surrounded by oak woodland that is a prime natural habitat for gophers and moles. When these animals get driven out of the woods by drought, they enter the nearby awns, vegetable gardens and landscapes causing much damage. Gophers eat plants  and moles eat worms and grubs- both of these animals make “gopher holes” or soil piles or mounds in the grass that reveal their presence.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, Your Bay Area Gopher Guy, provides gopher and mole trapping, as well as raccoon, skunk, vole and pack rat trapping to the greater SF Bay. Give us a call to find out more about our non-toxic approach!

“Critter control” or “gopher getters” as some call our pest control method, is important to protecting lawns, plants, and landscapes. These burrowing critters (gophers moles and voles) will cost you hundreds of dollars if not controlled. Smith’s special form of critter control is effective because we do not need pesticides. We use a lethal trap that kills the critters instantly.  Our state licensed trappers are the best  of the Bay Area at critter control. We have a 100% money back guarantee and 35 top-rated reviews on yelp to back up our claims.

Please call Smith’s for Woodside and Portola Valley  gopher removal and mole trapping. You will be glad you did…and with our guarantee you have nothing to loose but your gopher problem!

Our happy customers include:   City of San Leandro, Town of Los Gatos, Palo Alto Muni Golf Course, several public school districts, and hundreds of private residences around the San Francisco Bay. Give us a try! We think you will be impressed by our results.

We Return Phone Calls!
Call Today and Stop the Damage!

 For the Greater Bay Area, Call:

(408) 871-6988  

We service following Bay Area neighborhoods twice weekly:
San Jose, San Francisco, Woodside, Los Altos, Novato, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk,
Pleasanton, Fremont, Oakland, El Cerrito, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, and Sonoma.

 

Jun 012014
 

We here at Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service, “your bay area gopher guys”, get a lot of calls for gophers an moles infestation in and around Hillsborough California.  This quintessential Peninsula community is a great example of what prime gopher and mole habitat looks like…yet it has fine landscapes and gardens sprinkled throughout. Of course, folks can’t tolerate burrowing pests in the garden so they call us and say “get rid of gophers and get rid of moles!”

You see, gophers and moles love the bay area’s soils, plant species, and climate. And when the heat of summer sets in, these animals find refuge in the residential landscapes and gardens that provide them fresh food and water. That’s what makes towns like Hillsborough, Millbrae, Burlingame, and San Bruno such a high impact gopher and mole area.

The nicer the landscape, the more sensitive is to the disruptive habits of moles. and the plant-devouring appetites of gophers. A mole will tunnel and upturn an incredible amount of soil and annual flowers in a day on its search for worms and grubs. A gopher will eat its fill of herbaceous perennials and woody shrub roots so that you may feel like your garden is being destroyed as fast as you can plant it.

 

This is why folks call Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service. We use the most effective methods for eliminating gophers and moles from your yard without danger to your children or pets. In fact we trap gophers in many high schools, elementary schools and parks while the fields are still in use. The secret (no secret really, this is an age old method) s that we use commercial-grade subterranean traps that lethally capture the animals safely underground. No part of the trap is above ground and can be reached(that is unless we’re using the Victor Out O Sight mole trap, which is safe but part of it can be seen, call for more info 408-871-6988 or email us Info@gopher-trapping.com)

We eliminate gophers every day in Hillsborough CA and the surrounding cities. Call us and we’ll come help you with your Gopher Removal and Mole Removal needs.

 

Zachary Smith, your bay area gopher guy, is dedicated to preserving your landscape. Home mole removal for Yard Moles

Our happy customers include:   City of San Leandro, Town of Los Gatos, Palo Alto Muni Golf Course, five public school districts, and hundreds of private residences around the San Francisco Bay. Give us a try! We think you will be impressed by our results.

We Return Phone Calls!
Call Today and Stop the Damage!

 For the Greater Bay Area, Call:

(408) 871-6988  

We service following Bay Area neighborhoods twice weekly:
San Jose, San Francisco, Woodside, Los Altos, Novato, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk,
Pleasanton, Fremont, Oakland, El Cerrito, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, and Sonoma.

 

May 192014
 

Locally owned company specializing in burrowing pests.

 

You have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a home services provider. Especially when dealing with pest control. Many pest control companies deal in ants and termites and rats and mice, but few are really specialists in eradicating gophers and moles.

Even fewer still are the pest control companies that are locally owned and specialists in getting rid of gophers and moles.

Enter Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service! Not only are we locally owned but we do nothing but trap (way better than poison) gophers, moles and voles around the bay area at an affordable price.

We’re your bay area gopher guy, treating burrowing pests from San Jose to Novato using nontoxic methods that are superior to poison, safer than poison, and targeted at only the pest you need to eliminate, with no side effects.

Our traps are placed underground, out of reach of children or pets, and they kill the gopher or mole quickly and humanely. We burry the bodies deep in the tunnel where they quickly decompose quickly because they are so small.  There is no smell or other sign that we’ve been there- just clean trouble free lawn and landscape.

When you call Smith’s you are calling a small, locally owned company who is licensed and insured, and is an expert in their craft. You can leave the dirty work to us an we will eliminate your gopher problem quickly.

Thanks for checking out our website Give us a call today!

 

Mar 262014
 

Annual Gopher Removal Service is a Better Value

Having your gopher trapping done in a proactive manner can save you a lot of lost plants and torn up landscaping. Plus your gopher guy will appreciate the ease of scheduling your work.

Every year we have such a onslaught of new gopher calls starting in the spring. This large call volume slows in the fall and in the winter things can be pretty quiet. Gophers and moles do not hibernate, but their activity often does become less obvious in the colder months.  The problem we and the customers face is, when the spring comes and people get back into their gardens to see that a gopher has been in the flower bed, it becomes hard to get this new work scheduled.

You see, we have to hire new help in the spring because the winter slowdown necessitates layoffs. This is very disruptive to the employees’ lives, to our business operations, and to the customers’ petunias.

We encourage folks to go on our monthly gopher plan because they can count on us being available when gophers and moles get busy in the spring, our employees can count on a year-round paycheck, and the overall cost is comparable to the one-at-a-time  gopher prices.

The greatest benefit of an annual ongoing gopher trapping plan is that we are checking your landscape for you, every other week, throughout the year. You can take your mind off the gophers and moles, and focus on enjoying your garden. With the annual gopher plan there is no cost for each animal- it is an unlimited plan. This is a great value for folks who have gopher or mole re-infestations each year.

 

 

 

 

Feb 192014
 

Let’s play “name that dirt pile” Gopher or Mole?

Many folks can’t tell them apart, but when it comes to the health of your plants, knowing if it is a gopher or mole makes all the difference.

We get calls every day here in the Bay Area for gopher control, but about 50% of the time that “gopher attack” is really a mole.

 

Why does this matter? Who should care? Aren’t they essentially the same?

I’ll take those questions on here, and then maybe you will decide of knowing if it is a gopher or mole will matter to you.

1. Why does it matter to determine of the thing causing dirt piles in the lawn is  gopher or mole? Well, it matters if you are worried about your pants being eaten. Moles do not eat plants, they eat worms and bugs. They make piles of soil a lot like a gopher’s because thats how any burrowing animal needs to get rid of the soil in its tunnels.  If the pike is fan shaped or kidney bean shaped, then its a gopher and you should worry about loosing plants.  If the piles in the lawn or landscape are a big nuisance to you, then it really doesn’t matter if its gopher or mole. You just want the animal gone.

2. Who should care? You should care if the animal is gopher or mole if you are taking care of a native garden. While gophers and moles are both native, and play an important role in the ecosystem, a gopher will cause damage to the plants in the garden faster than the gardener can repair them. Aesthetics is not an issue for the wilderness, but it is in a botanical garden. Moles on the other hand do not pose a significant risk to established plants, and actually improve soil aeration as they search out grubs and worms. In this cans you may like to know if it is gopher or mole because you would likely leave the moles be but trap gophers.

3. Aren’t they essentially the same?   By now you have a good understanding of whether the piles were caused by gopher or mole from reading 1 & 2 above, but here are a few key differences that separate gopher from mole. Moles are blind, gophers can see. Moles have small file-like teeth and gophers have very sharp large teeth (think beaver) . Moles have huge fore claws that look like big pink human’s hands. Gophers have smaller feet with long fine claws.   Moles are smaller and more slender than gophers. Their fur is more dense and is very fine. Both gophers and moles make piles but the piles look subtly different, except in the case of the classic “molehill” which can be seen running on for many feet. This is one of the two soil disturbances that a mole makes.

gopher or mole

Can you tell if this is gopher or mole?

Feb 052014
 

So, we all know how much nicer it is to dig in moist soil after a little rain, versus the hard dry stuff we’ve had all winter. Well, moles and gophers really like a little softer soil too!

We expect to be seeing an increase in activity this week from the last rains. We will likely be trapping a lot more moles and gophers now that winter has worked her charm.

Moles are carnivores that eat worms and insects. The rainfall will help their food source proliferate.

Gophers are herbivores that eat grass, annuals and perennials. In the typical gopher habitat the winter grasses are a large part of their sustenance. The rain will help here too since there has been no grass for them to eat yet this year.

If you see piles of dirt, mole hills, or gopher oles in your yard give us a call and we will come trap them.

Moles and gophers don’t need to be a rainy day for your beautiful garden!

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service is here to help 408-871-6988 Serving the greater Bay Area!

Dec 272013
 

We visited a high school in Clayton, near Mt Diablo and Concord, CA yesterday to look at some reported gopher and ground squirrel damage. There were gopher piles in the sports fields, especially in the baseball and softball fields. We also saw many ground squirrel burrows near the soccer fields and under the concrete in many places including where the children eat lunch. We did not see any sign of moles though, which is unusual. Moles tend to live in similar settings as gophers and usually if if we see one, we see the other.

Below are some videos of typical damage caused by gophers and ground squirrels. We would come in and trap these gophers to restore safety to the fields. Players can severely twist an ankle while running on a field infested with gophers. Ground squirrels create holes deep enough that one could break their leg if they stepped in while running.

Dec 242013
 

My dad, who scours the news every day for the  best and most fascinating information, came across this gem : http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2013/12/mima-mound-mystery-solved

A mima mound is apparently caused by the long term burrowing of gophers, according to the article. Scientists used computer modeling to reproduce the phenomenon, and came to the conclusion that these meter high hills of earth were made by animals.

 

Read the linked article for a better explanation. :-)

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Gopher Mounds over time called mima mounds

 

Our happy customers include:   City of San Leandro, Town of Los Gatos, Palo Alto Muni Golf Course, five public school districts, and hundreds of private residences around the San Francisco Bay. Give us a try! We think you will be impressed by our results.

We Return Phone Calls!
Call Today and Stop the Damage!

 For the Greater Bay Area, Call:

(408) 871-6988

We service following Bay Area neighborhoods twice weekly:
San Jose, San Francisco, Woodside, Los Altos, Novato, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk,
Pleasanton, Fremont, Oakland, El Cerrito, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, and Sonoma.

 

Dec 032013
 

Moles cause a lot of damage to Bay Area lawns, as we all know. Here are some pictures of typical mole tunneling along a hard edge of concrete. This is the most usual damage people see, but piles of dirt in the lawn which are often attributed to gophers, are also quite often caused by moles. We trap about 50% gophers and 50% moles in the bay area from San Jose to San Francisco to Novato and Concord.

Below theses pics are some images of ground squirrel burrows in a school field. As you can see, the openings of the burrows can be obscured by tall grass and children can fall in these holes and break their ankle or leg.

Mole Damage to Lawn

Mole Damage to Lawn

Mole Damage to Lawn

Mole Damage to Lawn

Mole Damage to Lawn

Mole Damage to Lawn

Ground Squirrel Damage to Lawn

Ground Squirrel Damage to Lawn

Ground Squirrel Damage to Lawn

Ground Squirrel Damage to Lawn

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

gophers and ground squirrels make fields dangerous

 
Our happy customers include:   City of San Leandro, Town of Los Gatos, Palo Alto Muni Golf Course, five public school districts, and hundreds of private residences around the San Francisco Bay. Give us a try! We think you will be impressed by our results.

We Return Phone Calls!
Call Today and Stop the Damage!

 For the Greater Bay Area, Call:

(408) 871-6988  

We service following Bay Area neighborhoods twice weekly:
San Jose, San Francisco, Woodside, Los Altos, Novato, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk,
Pleasanton, Fremont, Oakland, El Cerrito, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, and Sonoma.

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