There are lots of misleading information out there regarding gophers. You may regularly receive unsolicited catalogs proclaiming the virtues of page after page of guaranteed, fancy, expensive, long-term and so called cost-effective solutions to your gopher troubles. There’s just one problem. Most of them may not work.
Anything that is electronic and expensive is constantly popular, correct? Electronic “sonic” gadgets that cast various sound frequencies (vibrations) into the ground seem to be a joke since all the professional pest control people laugh at its mention.
All else considered, here are three fundamental ways to efficiently deal with gophers:
• Use poison to eliminate them. The set back for this practice is that, every year, dogs, raccoons, cats, opossums, and birds die when they eat up those gopher poison. There’s likewise the risk of kids getting hold of the stuff. This is certainly not a great idea, so do not do it. The idea was brought up because readers usually think about it.
• Use a trap. There are a few very effective traps on the market. They’re likewise safe to use around pets and some wildlife. But killing the gopher is a must. Some will find it easy to do, but some won’t be able to stomach the task. Think about it carefully before choosing on this option.
One more problem with using poisons and traps is that you’ve got to keep using them each time you see a new gopher putting its head out through your lawn. It never ends.
• An environmental, nontoxic, humane, painless, and lasting solution to gopher infestation is to prevent them ahead of time before they even happen. Fencing them out of your yard is the way to go by digging a narrow 3 ft-deep trench along the inside of your fence. If you are not able to go down that far, just dig as deep as you can. Put an underground chicken wire fence in the trench all along the inside border of your yard and place the dirt back in. One-inch mesh is recommended so that tree roots can easily pass through the fence.
If that will be too much of a task, an alternative will be putting an underground fence around your garden. When you choose this option, make sure to stretch the chicken wire fencing above the ground at least twelve inches to get the ones that poke their heads out. Gophers regularly come out of their holes to feed on surface plants during the night. This is how they are caught by barn owls.
Subterranean rodents by Sabine Begall & Dr. Hynek Burda
Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy by Sarah Carter, 1993