How do you get rid of gophers?

Gophers have taken over my yard for about 6 months. I can't use poisons but would like to use something to make life unpleasant for them.
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  • Liz Sojanna Liz Sojanna on Feb 13, 2017
    old man taught me to put chewing gum in the holes.

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    • Jay Williams Jay Williams on Feb 13, 2017
      This causes a very long, slow and painful death, but does not stop more from coming. A grounds keeper from the San Francisco Golden Gate Park told me that they used a road flare, just one for each community of gophers. Light it and put it in one of the holes. The gophers run out as the fumes penetrate the tunnels. They don't come back because the sulfur in the flares stay in the tunnels and they hate it. Worth a humane try.

  • A windmill. Either purchased or home made. The vibration scares them away. Works for any underground burrowing rodent. When I bought my house 16+ years ago, the house had been occupied for over two years. I Googled (like I do for everything), and found that to be the best solution. I tried a no kill trap, but that would take forever. Checked out local farm suppliers and they wanted far too much money so my wonderful ex hubby took a good look at them and he made me one out of stuff we had laying around. Took a bit but it worked. We have dogs so poison was not an option for us either.

  • Liz Sojanna Liz Sojanna on Feb 13, 2017
    Unwrapped unchewed with bait they digest both and can't deficate the gum and the poison kills them. Sorry not so humane.

  • Dfr17016338 Dfr17016338 on Feb 13, 2017
    At this point I can't be too nice. Another alternative is a killing device called the black box.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 14, 2017
    A lot of people suggest using windmills, check out this similar discussion for even more great advice-

    Gophers gone wild!

  • Sta12167882 Sta12167882 on Feb 15, 2017
    Our yard looked like a minefield, tunnels all over, sprained ankles just walking there. Had top three inches of soil temporarily removed, put down small chicken wire screen all over the yard. Replaced dirt. Deeper than three inches and they'll come above the screen. NO MORE GOPHERS!! Used gopher baskets in ground to plant plants. That ended the problem. It's been gophers.

    The only other way to get rid of gophers is to move.

  • Sam Sam on Feb 17, 2017
    I fought gophers for years when I lived in California. I tried it all--gum, car exhaust, traps. This is what worked best. Half inch hardware cloth on the bottoms of all raised beds, gopher cages for in ground plantings (you can make your own out of aviary wire). Wire cages must protect both sides and bottom of root system and come up above ground level. The best trap was the Cinch Trap--follow the directions exactly. I also found that watering once a week with diluted fish emulsion seemed to keep them a bay. If your situation warrants find a Rodenator service ( Heads up, Rodenator is extreme. Good Luck

  • Dfr17016338 Dfr17016338 on Feb 17, 2017
    Thanks for the ideas. I mainly have them in my yard which is in the country in Oklahoma. Of course they are in the pastures & fields too. Also in a housing addition which is close. They have just seemed worse this year.

  • Ann Smith Ann Smith on Feb 19, 2017
    You might try an spraying the ground with an emulsion of castor oil. Supposed to work for moles. They don't like it and leave. For a while, anyway. I say pizzen 'em.....

  • 4554290 4554290 on Mar 11, 2017
    We do not how gophers but we had moles. 3 years ago, I paid about $25 for a device from a garden centre that looks a little like a solar lantern. It emits a sound that the little critters underground do not like. I haven't had any mole issues since. The rabbits, squirrels and birds are unaffected by the sound waves. Best of luck.

  • 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!