How do I get rid of gophers?

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I have more gophers in my back yard. I also have dogs that like to dig up the existing holes.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 16, 2016
    Try using anything with a strong odor, coffee grounds,castor oil,fish oils.If using the oils put them on cotton balls and place them in the holes and fill them back in. The coffee grounds can be scattered all around.

  • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on May 16, 2016
    Do your dogs kill the gophers? I had a German Shepherd that would kill them but terriers and dachshunds are the best at getting, and killing, rodents.

  • Kim Neumann Kim Neumann on May 16, 2016
    moth balls should work

  • Cathy Cathy on May 16, 2016
    Put some spinners in your yard and see if they work--the ones you can get at the dollar store---and safer for your dogs and also pretty. Good luck!

  • Mdrowe1 Mdrowe1 on May 16, 2016
    We put our dogs poo down the holes and that seems to work.

  • Shell Becker Shell Becker on May 16, 2016
    put chewing gum in the holes

  • Rhea Marshall Rhea Marshall on May 16, 2016
    Ok, you are going to think I'm crazy, but two years ago we had so many pocket gophers in the yard you could hardly see the grass. I put a square of chocolate EX-LAX in each hole and have been gopher free since! Now my lawn is beautiful!

  • William William on May 16, 2016
    Gophers look for food, mainly grubs! You can try a grub control product. Eliminate the food they will go away. I like the EX_LAX idea. They eat it and get dehydrated eventually die or go away!

  • Rita Marie Rita Marie on May 17, 2016
    moth balls , they hate the smells , will keep other rodents away too. they will melt in the rain so you may need to replace them occasionally. the smell will also weaken in time.

  • 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!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 17, 2021

    Hi there, maybe this will help:

    https://www.yourgreenpal.com/blog/the-8-best-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-moles-and-gophers

    Best of luck, they can be a bit of a pest sometimes

  • Rosa Zoe Rosa Zoe on Jul 14, 2021

    kill rats! Well ready for this. I just and I mean like yesterday…7/2021, used Idaho flaked instant mashed potatoes from the box. I sprinkled two tablespoon of flaked potatoes, baking soda and a little bit of sugar. Shake it all in a baggie. Get paper cups clear ones cut all the way down to about one inch. Keep hands clean and use gloves or the mice/rats will smell you and will not go near the cup. Place where you see activity daily. (For me it was my fence in my yard) keep in a high place (I put behind my shed, behind a tree) just in a corner up on a fence -roof-whatever so it stays in place and doesn’t blow away. Next day …I found a huge dead rat in my yard. (If you have pets get up early enough to throw the dead rodent away) . Google this. Flake potatoes cannot be digested by mice and rats. After eating they go for water and we’ll-the potatoes expand in their bellies. They die. Period . Google this you’ll see. I’m going to try this for golfers in the ground. What I’ll do is after I see activity or the hole being moved, I’m going to hurry and pour the flakes in the hole . I’ll post if it works