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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.

Gopher Traps

Our recommended method
No poisons or chemicals used
Know the Gophers Are Gone
Safe for the environment

Gopher Bait

Quick control
No digging needed
Bait can stay active for up to 60 days
Fewer service calls required

Tunnel Fumigation

Safe for Pets
No digging needed
Gas vaporizes quickly
Leaves no bait or poison behind

How does the gopher control service work?

Our typical service lasts for 30 days. This can vary depending on the size of the yard and the amount of activity. Most residential homes can be gopher free in under 30 days.

In our first visit, we usually set traps. We do this in multiple areas depending on how much activity there is. We place flags indicating where the traps are. Traps are placed well within the burrows and not out in the open. We clean up all of the mounds and fill in any small holes made by the gophers before we leave. We then set you on schedule to check the traps in 24-48 hours. 

We have usually caught gophers at this point. To be sure, we leave a bait inside the burrows in case we missed any or any new ones show up. Hopefully, they will eat the bait and die before doing any more damage. If a gopher was not caught we then implement our carbon monoxide into the burrows. All methods of control are included in our service.

After these first two visits, we come back in about 2 weeks for a follow-up inspection. If we see any new activity we will repeat the process.

You are covered for 30 days so if a new gopher mound appears, just call, email or text and we’ll get out asap.

The steps of treatment can vary depending on the situation. This is the average yard

How much does gopher control cost?

We have a few variables that we factor in when pricing gopher control work.

  1. How much activity is there? How many mounds and holes?
  2. How big is the yard?
  3. Is the yard or home next to a field or home with neighboring gopher activity?
  4. Are there slopes or hill involved?
  5. Whats the soil or turf like? Rocks, hard dirt, grass, etc.

The average home with gopher activity in the front or backyard is around $250.

The average home with gopher activity in the front and backyard is around $275.

What can I do to keep the gophers from coming back?

This is a tricky one, because there are not many things you can do to keep them from burrowing back into your yard. In fact, gophers are likely to appear in the exact same spot from before, even after removing them. This is because you now have existing tunnels leading from your neighboring yard right to these spots. When we do your gopher control service, We’ll hand you a few referral cards to offer your neighbors. That way we can make sure their gophers don’t eventually tunnel over to your property.

We also offer maintenance services for gophers in which we come out monthly to inspect the yard for any new activity. If we see any new gopher activity, we will take care of it. This service is more of a reactive service but is proven to keep the gophers under control and down to a bare minimum.

 

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Gopher 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.

Gopher Trapping

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:

  1. We first inspect your property to develop a plan to systematically eliminate your gophers.
  2. We carefully dig holes and set the traps, so as to not damage your lawn or landscape any more than the gophers already have!
  3. We let the traps sit for 12 to 48 hours, then return to remove the captured gophers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Gopher Bait

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. As a final step, we level off any gopher mounds built in dirt, and remove those located in grassy areas.

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 the 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 objects 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 an 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!

Gopher Tunnel Fumigation

Where appropriate, Go-Pher the Kill can use tunnel fumigation to rid your property of gophers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Because no traps, baits, or poison are used, tunnel fumigation is the truest “pet safe” method.
  4. 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. 

Service Area

Go ahead, call us today to schedule your pest inspection with a pest control company that cares at 951-977-8183! Serving Riverside, Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Murrieta, Menifee, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.

What Our Pest Control Customers Are Saying

  • Gopher Control  I have been using this company for the last 7 years to control the rodents at our residence on 2.5 acres. They are extremely professional and proficient in what they do. We really appreciate their service. Mike and Sabas do a fantastic job. Would highly recommend this company

    Gopher Control Rebecca D.
    12/04/2019

    Gopher Control  We have had Go-Pher the kill for the past 4+ years. We had a major ant problem and spider problem. They took care of them. I have had ant problems in my house numerous time, I just call them up and they come right out and take care of it for me. They are always willing to got the extra mile.
     Sabas R. is very nice and always asks if we have had any problems. He's the best.
    I would recommend Go-Pher the Kill to anyone that needs pest control. They are great!!

    Gopher Control Sherry H.
    11/26/2019

    Gopher Control  Super quick response,came out same day. Took care of a huge ant problem! All around great service, thanks very much Mike.

    Gopher Control Ken K.
    11/03/2019
  • Gopher Control  Nic Shafer with Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control is a gopher's worst nightmare! We contacted this company due to our gopher infestation in our backyard lawn.  Our home is perched in the hills above Riverside within the Lake Hills community, so we have a lot of wildlife.  This year was an exceptionally active year for gophers and other insects and wildlife due to the abundance of rain during the previous winter.  Normally, I wouldn't mind the occasional gophers in previous years. But this summer the abundance of gophers was getting out of control. They were tearing up our lawn right next to our pool which was causing dirt and rocks to be thrown into our pool from the gopher mounds. It was time to call a professional.
    The customer service on my initial call was amazing.  They sent a technician named Nic almost immediately.  I met Nic on his first service day at my home and he was SO friendly, knowledgeable and just a great person.  He spent time explaining the tactics they use, which was trapping, baiting and the use of carbon monoxide to penetrate the tunnels.  
    After 3-4 visits within 30 days our gopher problem vanished.  I will continue to use Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control in the future and I would like to commend Nic Shafer for his excellent service and attitude!!!

    Gopher Control Salman N.
    9/25/2019

    Gopher Control  I am so impressed with the professionalism and the efficiency of this company. Gophers were destroying our yard and within the first week they caught 4. I am so happy with the 30 day guarantee because I have had to call two more times after the initial trapping (gophers like our yard)They showed up when they said they would and took care of business. I HIGHLY recommend them!!!!

    Gopher Control Laurie S.
    7/31/2019

    Gopher Control  I had the front and backyard sprayed for black widows. The tech was knowledgeable, professional and on time. I hope not see anymore creepy crawlers.

    Gopher Control Scott S.
    7/29/2019
  • Gopher Control  I was having problems with spiders and ants! I called and spoke to Mike and he sent a technician named Nic the same day. Nic was here for over an hour taking down webs and servicing my home. He was very friendly and thorough and advised me on what I could expect in the next couple of days. So far I'm happy with the results, I would highly recommend using their service and will be signing up on a ongoing service. Thanks guys you guys are awesome!

    Gopher Control Jeannette B.
    7/28/2019

    Gopher Control  This was my second time using GoPher the Kill for my gophers and I'm very satisfied with their service!
    First time I believe they caught 3 (set traps, and even used CO2 as the gophers were pretty settled in yards of our new home).  This time around they caught 1 and that did the trick. I believe it's been almost a year between these two visits.
    Very friendly staff, efficient and thorough. I received a call this morning since my 30 day service (the one service lasts unlimited visits for 30 days) is almost up. I appreciate them trying to come out again and reminding me before my 30 days is up.

    Gopher Control Sarah R.
    7/18/2019

    Gopher Control  These guys are awesome! We had a mole that, despite our best efforts, we could not get rid of.  We reached out to Go-Pher, they provided us a fair estimate and scheduled a day to come out.  Upon arrival they actual slightly decreased the estimate based on the size of our yard. A few days later, they came back and confirmed they caught the mole! They checked back a week later to make sure we didn't have any other intruders and set some bait to make sure they got everything.  What I was most pleased with, however, was the final follow up call we got yesterday.  They called to remind us that our 30 day guaranty period was almost over so just wanted to make sure we haven't had any additional problems.  Really awesome customer service!!

    Gopher Control Chelsea J.
    7/03/2019
  • Gopher Control  They caught two gophers in one day. Do not wait to hire them. I tried everything to kill these rodents but was unsuccessful. They came out and set up traps and the next day two were caught. I wasted so much time trying to do it myself that the gophers ended up doing a lot of damage. I'm mad at myself for not calling them earlier.

    Gopher Control Rick H.
    6/27/2019

    Gopher Control  I'd been dealing with gophers for a very long time. But once they started to get near the house, it was time to get help.  I saw the truck with the ugly gopher on it and decided that was the company to use.  Nick came out and set traps, returned the next day catching two of those buggers. Nick was very informative and helpful, answered all my exhausting questions. A big thank you.

    Gopher Control Vicki W.
    6/18/2019

    Gopher Control  Excellent company! I just recently completed installing a newly landscaped yard and after a few months of enjoying my yard- it stared to get attacked by gophers.
    I tired to deal with the issue myself (of ridding  the gophers ) for a couple of months with no luck.
    Then Nic came out and noticed the damage, set a few traps for overnight and when he came back the following morning - he was able to catch the 3 gophers that were behind my headaches.
    But what really set Nic apart - was after he was done with removing the gophers he took the time to remove the large dirt piles left by the gophers and blend it all back in to the existing landscaping like they were never there. Nic is awesome and will spend the time to give you some insight on gopher habits.

    Gopher Control Joe G.
    5/31/2019
  • Gopher Control  Great service. We've been fighting the gophers for the last couple years with no luck. Called Go-Pher The Killer and they took care of the problem. We didn't even have to be home. 3 gophers were caught overnight with no sweat off my back. Great company

    Gopher Control Keith P.
    2/04/2019

    Gopher Control  Highly recommend! Nic was so helpful and knowledgeable when it came to our specific situation. He answered all our questions and was very thorough. He showed us each step in the process of catching and removing the gophers and how to recognize new activity. These guys know what they're doing. Thank you Nic!

    Gopher Control Julianne M.
    12/20/2018

    Gopher Control  Go-Pher is awesome! You won't be disappointed with this company. I had a gopher problem on my property, which is a little over 1/4 acre, and Nic came out and set about 8 traps. He came by the following week and removed what he had caught, then baited the holes as a final barrier against future gophers. Nic was great! He was on time, very knowledgeable, and was in and out in less than an hour. Thanks Nic.

    Gopher Control Chris W.
    12/19/2018

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