How do I get rid of gophers?

by Ian
  5 answers
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 31, 2019

    Ian, many have tried and failed, but there are a few things that might work for you. 1. Drop rat (not mouse) poison down the holes you can get to. It might take about three days and leave some carcasses behind, but you can see or smell the results. 2. You can try to flood the hole system. This is easier done if you plug up some holes with dirt before you run a hose down one hole and blast the space with water. Rain doesn’t harm the holes or gophers, so it will take a lot of water. When the area dries, the gophers will be back. 3. You can place a piece of indie screen or a cooling screen for cookies over each hole, weighed down and camouflaged with a few heavy rocks. Gophers will dig more holes and tunnels, but this should help with specific holes.

    Be sure to seal all holes into your house, especially around pipes and baseboards. You may find gopher spray, poison, traps, and other means to get rid of gophers. (I forgot which snakes eat gophers except rattlesnakes, but that brings other problems.) Happy hunting! Jewell

  • If you or if you know anyone who has snakes, keep the skin when they shed and place a good long piece in each in hole. They won't be back. Tried and true! FYI You can buy snake skin from Etsy

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 04, 2019

    "To repel gophers naturally, try putting a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls, and then placing the cotton balls inside tunnel entrances. Gophers do not like the smell of peppermint, so this non-lethal gopher control method is a natural gopher repellent that can help rid your yard of these subterranean rodents."

    "Using garlic to combat mole, voles and gophers is a positive and non-toxic way to keep nibbling pests out of the garden. To Prepare: Use whole or crushed garlic and place directly into their tunnels. ... Gophers, moles and voles will avoid digging in dirt that is treated with garlic water."

    The best thing to do is act swiftly, using one of the following three methods:

    • Bait the gopher into a live trap and release it far from your property.
    • Repel the gopher by placing castor oil pellets, peppermint oil, and fabric softener sheets in the burrows nearest your home.
    • As a last resort, poison the gopher with toxic pellets featuring zinc phosphide.

    You can often borrow a live trap from your local Animal Control and sometimes they will even trap the guy for you!

    "Since gophers are so small and have many different predators, they’re constantly on alert for new noises, scents and obstructions. This makes it easy to scare them off with a speaker or radio, especially underground where it can fill their burrows and push them away from your property. Seal your radio or speaker inside a plastic bag and drop it into one of the burrows’ entrances while playing any type of radio show or song. But whether your speaker is above or underground, make sure it does not disturb your neighbors."