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How Do I Know if I Have Gophers in La Habra, CA?
Since pocket gophers spend most of their time underground in La Habra, they are hardly ever seen so the best identification method is to examine the dirt mounds that almost always accompany their activity.As pocket gophers dig their tunnels, they periodically shove dirt out to the surface forming mounds. The dirt is pushed to the surface from tunnels that are at an angle to the surface, so the mounds form in a crescent or horseshoe shape as shown in the picture above. This helps distinguish them from mounds made by moles which are volcano shaped (see below).
Pocket gopher burrows are almost always plugged. This helps to distinguish them from other burrowing rodents like meadow mice (voles). On average, one pocket gopher makes about 1 to 3 mounds per day which is why you want to get rid of gophers right away. Gopher removal is usually done by a professional pest control company near La Habra, CA like Rodent Guys who has experience on how to eradicate gophers.
Although pocket gophers can be serious agricultural pests on your La Habra property, most of the damage a pocket gopher causes is to landscaping and turf. They feed on many varieties of plants and trees, and the dirt mounds they make can be ugly, smother turf, and even pose trip hazard on playgrounds. That hazard is also crucial around horse stables and livestock whose owners feel it is crucial to perform gopher control to protect their prized animals from breaking a leg.
The most effective gopher control methods to remove gophers quickly and gain gopher control in La Habra are burrow fumigants, poison baiting and trapping. Trapping and baiting are options that an ordinary property owner can use with little success. For home owners trapping gophers is the most effective way to get rid of gophers and remove gophers consistently. Poison baits available to non-licensed people are not an effective way to get rid of gophers because the gopher bait strength is very low resulting in poor gopher removal.
Burrow fumigants are very effective but are restricted materials only available to and used by pest professionals such as Rodent Guys. Burrow fumigants are not the same as the commonly available smoke bombs which are not very effective gopher control. It is illegal in La Habra California to use carbon monoxide from car exhaust or other sources to kill gophers and rarely works to get rid of gophers.
Baits available to the pest control professional are much higher strength and more effective for gopher control than those available to a homeowner. The main reason to hire a gopher expert like Rodent Guys is because we know how to get rid of gophers in La Habra with proper placement of fumigants, traps and or bait for effective gopher control to get rid of gophers in La Habra, CA.
Outside of agricultural settings where a large amount of water can be put on an area in a short period of time and left standing for an extended period of time, this control method has very little practical value for La Habra residential uses. The old “garden hose down the hole” method tried by almost everyone who has ever attempted to kill gophers in La Habra has found it rarely works and is usually a waste of water and time. It can also cause erosion problems because you do not know where the water is going underground and you may cause significant property damage.
There are no repellents or scaring devices available for La Habra Gopher Control at the present time that have been proven to protect lawns or other planting sites from pocket gophers. Several plants, such as gopher purge and castor bean, have been reported to offer protection for a limited time from ravenous gophers, but these claims have never been proven. If they really worked to get rid of gophers we could just simply spray this everywhere and the gophers would just disappear and Rodent Guys would not exist.
Trying to keep pocket gophers out of your yard or garden by using physical barriers can sometimes be effective gopher control if done on a small-scale. Any large project, such as placing fencing around the perimeter of your backyard would be cost prohibitive and would at most only provide short-term control. Raised flower beds can be protected by placing a layer of 1/4 inch galvanized hardware cloth under the bed and securing it to the 2×6 wood frame before filling with soil. In reforestation or orchard situations, a “cage” of hardware cloth lining the hole and extending six inches above ground can give a young tree room to establish a good root system before being attacked by gophers.
6 to 8 inches of gravel, 1 inch or more in diameter around underground utility cables or sprinkler lines may discourage gnawing by pocket gophers but is an expensive pocket gopher control option.
La Habra, CA Gopher Control | Fish and Game status
Pocket gophers are classified by the California Department of Fish and Game as a nongame mammal. If they are causing damage, they are allowed to be taken using pocket gopher traps and poison bait by the owner or tenant of the property or their employees. Any poison bait used to kill gophers must be registered for use in California.
Our Owner, Nick holding 2 gophers he caught
However, we are gopher trapping experts and we also provide gopher trapping lessons for La Habra gopher control and getting rid of gophers on your own. We can teach you how to catch gophers with traps overnight.
How to get rid of gophers in La Habra, CA is a tough job for the novice but we have a lot of experience with gopher removal in La Habra and will do a thorough job in doing so. Rodent Guys Pest Control is mainly an agricultural pest control company. We also do squirrel pest control, snake removal, mole pest control and other “yard” type pests. Please call Rodent Guys today for more information and pricing options for your La Habra and surrounding areas.
La Habra, CA Gopher Control | Rodent Guys
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