If you are reading this, you are asking one of two questions…
Question 1: “I have gophers in my yard. Why do I have gophers?”
It’s pretty simple: your yard is delicious. If your yard has any significant greenery or gardens in it, a gopher is ready to make it into its home.
They eat around 60% of their body weight in vegetation each day, including the roots, trees, grasses, herbs, and flowers in your gardens. If you notice your vegetable garden slowly disappearing and suspect your resident gopher is to blame, you are likely correct.
Gophers also enjoy yards that have soft, diggable soil and few predators around like cats, dogs, or birds of prey. If this sounds like your yard, there’s your answer — you have accidentally created a haven for gophers.
Question 2: “I don’t have gophers, OR I have already had to remove gophers. How do I keep them away?”
If you have had to remove gophers in the past, you know how pesky they are to your garden and yard. If you’re simply being proactive about keeping your green spaces pest-free, good for you; here is how to possibly deter a gopher if you’re worried about one moving into your land and want to avoid eventual gopher removal.
First off, remember that there are many gimmicks and wives’ tales circulating about what gophers don’t like. Suggestions like hot sauce, high frequency noises, and dryer sheets won’t deter or scare away gophers.
The best method for preventing yard damage from gophers is making sure your plants are protected and inaccessible to the underground intruder’s tunnels. The best method for this is planting in alternative spots such a window boxes, planters, and raised beds lined with heavy-duty gopher wire. If food is scarce or difficult to get to, your yard will be much less attractive to the furry pests.
For added gopher insurance, you could try to grow plants around your garden and yard that are theorized to be unattractive or repellant to gophers. One common plant is Euphorbia lathyrism, also called ‘paper spurge’ or ‘gopher plant’. Some people claim other plants such as castor beans, daffodils, marigolds, or oleander are unattractive to gophers, although the evidence is mostly anecdotal.
Still have questions? Still concerned about past, present, or future gopher issues plaguing your yard? Smith’s Gopher Trapping has all the answers you need with the experience to back those answers up.