If you take pride in your property, you’ll understand how infuriating dealing with yard pests can be. That’s especially true when your yard is being invaded with pocket gophers, who tend to evade capture due to their extensive tunnel networks. Knowing how to successfully trap a gopher can be quite tricky; therefore, getting rid of gophers is a task best left to the experts. But are there ways to keep gophers out of your yard from the start? They might not always take heed, but there are a few preventative measures you can take that may help.
How Do I Keep Gophers Out Of My Yard?
- Set Up Physical Barriers
Due to the gopher’s ability to burrow, installing physical barriers may not always work. But they can be a good option when you want to protect a specific area of land or specific plants and trees. You can try using what’s called exclusion perimeter fencing to cut off particular areas (such as a vegetable garden) with metal hardware cloth. This will need to be installed two to three feet below grade and six to eight inches above grade around the area’s perimeter to be effective. You can also use mesh wire fencing, wire baskets, or wire root guards to protect individual plants. The openings in this material will prohibit gophers from getting through, provided you install them deep enough. That way, if gophers do find their way into your yard, you’ll still be able to protect the spots you care about most.
- Use a Repellant
Gophers really don’t like foul smells. If you use odors to your advantage, you may discourage gophers from taking refuge in your yard. Even if you don’t think you currently have a gopher problem, you can apply a liquid or granular repellant into the soil or any existing burrows or tunnels you’ve seen. In addition to commercial repellants, you may find success with used cat litter or a device that involves a tin can (with both ends removed) and a rag soaked with urine. These options certainly aren’t pleasant, but many gardeners find they do the trick.
- Plant Some Daffodils
If you’re a fan of narcissus plants, you may be in luck. Many gardeners have found that planting daffodils on their property have alleviated the need to trap a gopher (or many) entirely. There are certain chemicals that are found naturally in daffodils that are toxic to gophers. They’re actually toxic to other animals too, so if you have curious cats and dogs around, you might want to plant with caution. But if you’re mainly focused on keeping the gophers out, go nuts with these lovely yellow flowers.
How Do I Get Gophers In My Yard Out?
Now, if gophers have already found their way into your yard, you may need to take more drastic action. Instead of trying to trap a gopher yourself, you’ll have better luck if you contact a gopher removal service. While the U.S. pest control industry n the U.S. has around 27,000 businesses currently in operation, gopher removal services are much more specialized — and are generally much more effective at getting rid of gophers the first time.
If you’ve had no success in trying to trap a gopher or several, give us a call. We’ve made this tricky business our central mission, and we know how to get results. For more information, please get in touch with us today.