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.

Examples of Gopher Damage in the Landscape and Garden

Examples of gopher damage by the bay area gopher guy, Mr “get rid of gophers” Zach Smith

I thought I’d write on something that seems simple enough, but for some folks may not be that easy to see. I will give some basic tips on how to spot a gopher or mole in your garden. Some will be basic signs that most will know, but we’ll post some more difficult to see activity that you can look out for. See pictures with captions below for some good examples of gopher damage around the San Francisco Bay Area

Gopher Pile Not a Mole
Examples of gopher damage- While moles make symmetrical, volcano-shaped piles, gophers piles always have a fan or kidney-bean shape, though it’s hard to tell sometimes. This picture is a classic example of the soil plug where the gopher filled in his hole after discarding the soil that he excavated to expand his tunnels.
Examples of gopher damage
Examples of gopher damage- This is easy to identify gopher damage to a lawn that most people are familiar with.
This is a small popup hole that a gopher made. These are tupical of older activity where no soil pile i needed to make new openings. These holes are often used for feeding on grass.
This is a small popup hole that a gopher made. These are tupical of older activity where no soil pile i needed to make new openings. These holes are often used for feeding on grass. This may be 2″ across or less

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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