How do I get rid of gophers/moles?

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I have 1.4 acres mostly cleared, in Crescent Cit, CA and am plagued by gophers and moles. I’m thinking of a garden but must solve this first: how to get them out and keep the out

q how do i get rid of gophers moles
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  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 10, 2018
    We put tomcat, sold at Home Depot, in the holes and it got rid of the fairly quickly. Just be careful if you have animals.

  • Dal30953718 Dal30953718 on Jan 10, 2018
    Try using bubble gum. There is a great article on the internet that gives step by step instruction. This remedy has been around for many years so it may work.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 10, 2018
    We normally have a lot of ground squirrels.... one year we waited until they went into hibernation and used the "Gopher Getter" cyanide bombs... there were a lot less the next spring.... they will and do come back however... so a "container" garden might be your best option... or several semi-feral cats.
    We like to use the galvanized horse/stock trough/tanks as our garden containers... relatively inexpensive ($90 for a 4 ft X 2 ft X 2 ft at Lowe's or Tractor Supply) and sometimes available used.

  • Darcie Darcie on Jan 10, 2018
    Hi, This is full proof, get fresh cut hair from a salon or barber and put the hair in the holes, works every time. Good luck!

    • Milly Eggebrecht Milly Eggebrecht on Jan 11, 2018
      But once the human scent is washed off the hair from watering or rain it does not work anymore

  • Morgane Messori Morgane Messori on Jan 11, 2018
    Rather than poisoning or otherwise killing creatures who are actually beneficial to your garden, it is better for everyone to repel them with fowl odors, buried fencing, certain plants, or castor oil. http://willtaft.com/another-take-on-gophers/ has some helpful and humane tips

  • 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!

  • Bev Bev on Jun 15, 2021

    Old post but ongoing problem. For moles, if you get rid of their favorite food - slugs/grubs - they move on. Learned this decades ago from an old gardening book written by Jerry Baker. He recommended Milky Spore powder. Has worked well for me on various properties. There are also several other products usually offered at your local big box or garden stores to get rid of grubs.

  • Kelly Denoyer Russell Kelly Denoyer Russell on Jun 15, 2021

    Remove their food source which is grubs. You have to treat the yard for those pests and the moles will move on to your neighbors. 😉

  • Edie Edie on Dec 31, 2021

    I might have to agree!!.. While I still have Moles and Voles, I finally realized all their tunnels are going towards and around my bird feeders using a smoke bomb and blower. They are going to all the seeds that fall to the ground. Now, I just have to figure out how to feed the hundreds of beautiful wild birds in my area and get rid of the varmints!


    Also, I have an acre and have found many large holes/tunnels/cave things at the root of my bushes maybe for skunks, raccoons/? that have also ruined a lot of the garden. Any suggestions there?