It’s amazing how something that on average weighs about a pound or two can do so much damage. Sure, they may look a little cute poking up from their burrows underneath the soil, but they can quickly and easily become a nuisance with the mounds of dirt they leave piled up on your lawn or vegetable garden. Some gophers can make about three mounds per day, which can quickly change the landscape in your yard. If you notice mounds in your yard, you may be in need of gopher control.


They may be solitary creatures, but it doesn’t take a lot of gophers to do a lot of damage. Just one gopher tunnel can stretch for over 150 yards and studies have shown that a single gopher can move over a ton of soil in a single year. Yikes! That’s a lot of unwanted harvesting in your garden.

They’re also pretty fond of your vegetables. Since they spend most of their time underground, they feed from the bottom, chewing on roots and pulling plants and vegetables down from underneath the soil. With cheeks made for storing large amounts of food, they can carry quite a few vegetarian munchies back to their homes.

This uninvited feasting can weaken roots and destroy plant structures. Left unchecked, gophers have been known to even gnaw through utility cables and irrigation lines. So, cute or not, a little gopher can be a lot of trouble meaning most people have to find a way to get rid of them, which is easier said than done. These dastardly critters can also be quite clever. Anyone who has ever tried to trap a gopher can tell you that not only are they very territorial, but they learn to out-think traps or avoid them altogether. They adapt to noises and can hide themselves away quite well, making them hard to catch without the proper equipment, methods, and years of experience.

There are preventative steps you can take to stop gophers from moving into your neighborhood. Surrounding your utility lines with an inch or two of coarse gravel is a deterrent to gophers that might otherwise knock out your cable. You can also try placing a wire mesh basket into the ground before planting a new tree or shrub. That basket keeps the roots and soil contained while keeping gophers out. Flood irrigation as a method of watering your plants may also make things a little swampier than the gopher might care for.

If it turns out that you may already have a gopher problem, there are still ways for you to control the situation. There are gopher repellents, fumigants, and traps which are all designed protect your lawn, garden, or farmland. Before you make a final decision on which method to use, take into account how big the area is, how many critters you’re dealing with, and what exactly you’re willing and able to do to try and solve the problem. Better yet, call Gopher Patrol, Southern California’s Top Rated Local® gopher exterminator.