Gopher Control Services in Riverside, California
Go-Pher the Kill is a full-service gopher control company ready to eliminate your gopher problems. Whether you have a single gopher destroying your property, or an entire population tunneling underground, we will get rid of the gophers quickly and professionally.
For residential customers, we have three main control methods available
Our recommended method
No poisons or chemicals used
Know the Gophers Are Gone
Safe for the environment
No digging needed
Bait can stay active for up to 60 days
Fewer service calls required
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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Gophers
Why do Gophers Make Mounds in My Yard?
… and other common questions about gophers
Gophers live underground and feed mainly on the roots of plants. They move from root to root by tunneling through the dirt. Eventually, though, the dirt builds up in the tunnels, so the gophers start digging upward to the surface to get rid of the dirt.
How long can gopher tunnels get?
A gopher’s tunnel system can be very extensive. It consists of a main tunnel, which is usually 6 to 8 inches below ground, and numerous cross tunnels that lead to the surface – where they make the mound. The gophers also dig separate chambers to store their food and raise their young. The main tunnel can be as long as 200 yards, and the chambers as deep as 6 feet!
Why do gophers have such large teeth?
The gopher’s powerful front legs and long pick-like claws create the perfect tunneling tool. But, they will sometimes hit a pipe, utility cable, or other large object that they can’t dig around, so they use their large teeth (incisors) instead. The pocket gopher’s incisors never stop growing, so they have to use them regularly to keep them controlled.
If there are a lot of mounds in my yard, does it mean there are a lot of gophers?
Probably not. Gophers are very territorial and usually live alone in a tunnel system – except during breeding season and when a new litter is born. There can be up to 10 baby gophers in a litter, and a female can have up to 3 litters a year in irrigated areas. Young gophers will stay with their mothers for about 2 months, then leave to start their own tunnel system. They can start their own families when they are a year old and live for about 3 years.
I’ve seen some small wild animals in my neighborhood; are these gophers?
Gophers spend most of their lives underground, so you are more likely to see their mounds than to see the gophers themselves. But, you may see them poking their heads above ground when clearing their tunnels of dirt. Gophers are usually about 6 to 9 inches long with tawny brown fur and short tails, but their large teeth are the most obvious way to identify them. Gophers have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell – but if you see an animal of this description running backward very fast – it is likely a gopher!
Besides the mounds that ruin my landscape, what problems do gophers cause?
By gnawing and eating of plant roots, the gophers not only weaken the foliage, they can kill trees, shrubs, and other plants. They also dig at and chew on utility and irrigation lines that get in their way, destroying these. Additionally, the holes they burrow to the surface, and the ground that is weakened by their tunneling, can cause falls by and injury to people and animals. And, if you have a dog, those holes will likely be dug even further as it tries to get at that underground pest!
Learn More: Go-Pher The Kill Trapping, Baiting and Fumigation
If you are having problems with gophers on your property, let Go-Pher The Kill help you save your yard! We specialize in gopher control through baiting, trapping, or fumigation, providing service in Riverside, Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and surrounding areas.
We believe that trapping is the best method of gopher control. Go-Pher The Kill technicians are trained in the art of trapping and have a proven record of success. Our Gopher Trapping Program is customized to you:
- We first inspect your property to develop a plan to systematically eliminate your gophers.
- We carefully dig holes and set the traps, so as to not damage your lawn or landscape any more than the gophers already have!
- We let the traps sit for 12 to 48 hours, then return to remove the captured gophers.
- We carefully replace the grass we cut out, fill all the holes we dug, and level off or remove dirt mounds the gophers built. (Mounds located in the grass will be removed so the grass beneath will have a chance to regrow.) In most cases, your yard will look better after just one trapping session with us.
- After trapping, we prefer to leave bait in the tunnels as an additional control measure. However, we understand that some customers prefer that no baits be used, so we will omit this step at your request.
To provide the most effective baiting solution, Go-pher the Kill utilizes a variety of different baits at different stages of the gopher control program. By offering gophers a variety of “flavors,” we greatly increase the probability of consumption. For our gopher baiting program:
- We apply the bait directly into the gopher’s tunnel with a probe that releases it underground. The bait can stay active for up to 60 days in ideal environmental conditions.
- We do not bait on the surface where pets or children could gain access, because gophers live their entire lives underground. Even after eating the bait, they tend to stay in their tunnels – we have never found a dead gopher on the surface after treating a property with bait.
- Bait, by itself, can control gophers quickly if they eat it right away. However, we recommend that bait be used, instead, as a follow-up control to our gopher trapping service – which provides a nice one-two punch for quick control.
- As a final step, we level off any gopher mounds built in dirt, and remove those located in grassy areas.
Gopher Tunnel Fumigation
Where appropriate, Go-Pher the Kill can use tunnel fumigation to rid your property of gophers:
- We use a machine that pushes heated smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) from a natural “smoke oil” into the gopher’s tunnel, essentially suffocating any other gophers that may be in there.
- This process is not applicable for every property, but it is highly effective in the right situations. Ask your Go-Pher the Kill technician if it is an option for your property.
- Because no traps, baits, or poison are used, tunnel fumigation is the truest “pet safe” method.
- Finally, we level off any gopher mounds built in dirt, and remove those located in grassy areas.
We clean up the gopher mounds after all of our services, not only to leave your property looking its best, but also so that we will quickly know if there is new activity the next time we come out.
We also offer customized, ongoing gopher control service agreements to fit your needs where continuing management is required.
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