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As many folks know Craigslist.org is probably the best thing to happen to classified ads ever. I have not typically advertised here because the ads are short lived and therefore takes a lot of maintenance.

Since it is free, and since it can hep get the word out about solving gopher and mole problems in the Bay Area, I feel like its a no-brainer.

Our goal is to be there for people in need, who are loosing plants and seeing their gardens being destroyed by gophers, moles or voles. We are plant protectors! We are garden defenders!

Gophers in Winter; All that the rain brings…

Well, we have a rainy winter, its official. Last year’s dry and sunny winter is a distant, yet fond memory. We see a lot of gophers in winter.
While we all need the water, its such a drag to be locked in-doors as a professional gopher getter. We can’t really get much work done when its coming down like cats and dogs- we just don’t want to make a muddy mess of our customers’ yards. What’s worse is, while our hands are tied the gophers and moles are setting up shop in many gardens around the San Francisco Bay- unsupervised!

You see, when the soil is soft and wet, it’s easy diggin’s for these guys, and  gophers in winter will venture out to explore for new food sources (in the case of gophers, its your winter snapdragons, in the case of moles, its the worms in your lawn). Where are we while all this damage is going on? Snuggled up inside of course! Who wants to play in the yard in this weather?! I sure don’t.

So what’s to do? Well, we need to all make a checkup on the yard a few times a season, and keep an eye out for gophers in winter especially. Be sure to ask your gardeners to keep a watchful eye for the indicators of new gophers, mole and voles. (See http://gopher-trapping.com/pestid/ for some pictures to share with them.)

Typical gopher, mole, and vole activity
Typical gopher, mole, and vole activity

If you do find suspicious activity, give us a call! We’ll come by in a jiffy and help get them taken care of, and save you $hundreds in reparations come spring time.

Thanks for reading!

Zach Smith

Controlling Moles in The Garden

Controlling Moles in The Garden

Moles are frequent visitors to many bay area homes, much to the chagrin of
the avid gardener or anyone who has a dry laid stone patio.
The most common mole damage is seen as new piles of soil in the landscape
that seemed to pop up overnight. These piles often show up in the lawn or
between the segments of a flagstone patio. These soil piles are similar to a
gopher’s piles, but lack the fan shape and soil plug that is indicative of
that dreaded garden animal.   With moles we also often see raised ridges in
the lawn and along walkways that run on for many feet. These  soil piles and
ridges are created as the mole is tunneling to create passage through your
garden or to seek out food.

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Prepare the Field for 2013- Get the Gophers Out!

Get the Gophers Out

Prepare the Field for 2013’s Softball & Baseball Season- Lets get the Gophers Out!

It’s time to get  the gophers out of your softball, baseball and soccer fields in condition for the 2013 season. The soil is soft and it’s an ideal time for trapping gophers that are causing bumpy outfields and unsafe conditions for spectators on the grounds. If your youth sport organization is playing on school district fields, now is the time to start a dialogue with your school district maintenance team about a plan to get the fields in the best possible shape.

Any time is the right time to remove gophers from sports fields and we do a lot of this work. Trapping is safe for the kids since it happens deep underground and the fields do not need to be closed for us to do out thing. Gophers cause damage that can lead to children twisting or breaking ankles and it a baseball will not safely stay on the ground but can hop up dangerously on a hard hit grounder.

Gopher holes and their soil piles make sports fields dangerous and we offer the best solution. We’ll even repair the field if you need the holes filled in and over seeded.  Get the gophers out with a trapping program like one offered by Smith’s Gopher Trapping. We’re your Bay Area gopher guys and we are not just an alternative to poison…we beat poison every time and were way safer too!

An ankle breaker waiting to hurt a young soccer player
A Gopher Pile ankle breaker waiting to hurt a young soccer player