How to deter gophers?

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  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on Jun 11, 2018
  • Thelma Thelma on Jun 18, 2018
    I have no problem with trapping or poisoning gophers but I'd rather just keep them away in the first place. I use empty, clean, gallon bleach bottles - they have to be completely round {can't use gallon milk jugs as they're not round} - and make 'Whirly-Gigs' out of them. I simply wrap a 6" wide piece of poster board around the jug, mark where the ends should meet, cut it off, measure it, divide it into 6 - 8 even spaces by marking it, then draw a flap on the right side of each line. Cut the flaps out of the poster board, wrap the pattern back around a jug, and mark only across the top, down the right side, and across the bottom of each 'flap' with a pen, remove the pattern, use a box knife to cut the 3 lines, then press the flaps open. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the jug AND in the center of an old broomstick {after getting rid of the used broom on the other end}, put a screw made for wood - it has an unthreaded space at the top portion of the screw - through the jug down into the end of the broomstick - & screw it in leaving at least 1/8" of the screw above the jug's bottom. The unthreaded part of the screw will allow the jug to spin in a breeze. Now bury a piece of metal pipe that has an inside opening just larger than the size of the broomstick, in the ground and shove the broomstick into the pipe. The vibrations made by the 'Whirly-Gig' irritates the gophers and they will leave the area. I use these in both my gardens and in the yard and have had several neighbors & friends copy my pattern and make the whirly-gigs for their own places. I paint some of different colors, even have painted each flap on a whirly-gig different colors so they look pretty when they're spinning and getting rid of the varmints.