How do you get rid of gophers?

We seem to be the only house in the neighborhood who tries to get rid of them. Our pest control man has treated them, but they keep coming back, and this does get expensive. We have mounds in our back yard where they have been digging and tunneling through the ground.

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  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 06, 2017
    If you neighbors aren't going to participate its a loosing battle, cause they are obviously a colony of gophers.

    • Shirley lester Shirley lester on Aug 07, 2017
      This is what I figured, too. My husband works so hard outside just to have mounds of dirt piled up from new holes. It's so expensive for pest controls that don't take care of the job for very long. Thank you for your comment!

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 06, 2017
    Hello Shirley; There are several things that you can try and do so that the Gophers will leave your yard!!!
    Mix together a few drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce, ½ cup of castor oil, and 1 cup of water. Soak some cotton balls in the mixture. Drop them into the tunnels.
    Also, Drop a couple of mothballs into the tunnel, and cover the opening with plastic. Gophers don't like the smell of naphthalene.
    Dry sheets might help. Bury them in the tunnels.
    I would also try and feed them some fruity gum....They will Not like that!!!
    I hope that this helps you!!! Take Care!

    • Shirley lester Shirley lester on Aug 07, 2017
      Thank you! It certainly cannot hurt to try these home remedies. Have to get my grandchildren to chew lots of gum for me to put in the holes! Lol. These are inexpensive items and I will definitely be trying ALL of them! Thank you again.

  • Gary B Gary B on Aug 06, 2017
    If you feed them gum, don't touch the gum, they'll smell you on it

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 06, 2017
    Oh Shirley, I hope one of these ideas works for you. I can't imagine what you're going through. Have you talked to your neighbors about it? Have they really said that they don't care or does it just look that way. Maybe they are at a lose of what to do. In what kind of area do you live? Where I live, a visit to the local Building Inspector Supervisor would get some action. Does your local government have someone like that? They can put pressure on your neighbors to work together to fix the problem and may even have help that you pay for in your taxes.

    Good luck!

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 14, 2017
      How about going over their head to what ever government is next - county, state? These animals could spread and cause a lot more damage.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 06, 2017
    Shirley, here is a video to help you address the situation:
    and an article that lists 3 ways to get rid of them:
    Good Luck Shirley, and thanks for using Hometalk for solutions :)

  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 06, 2017
    I take my car and drive it all over the yard , vibration ,they don't like for awhile then do it again when see them return

    • Shirley lester Shirley lester on Aug 07, 2017
      We have the yard whirly things in the back, but I guess we would have to have them at least 3 feet apart over the whole yard to hopefully run them off. And, since we cannot drive into our back yard, that option is out. We even planted some of those battery operated vibration things to get rid of them. I'm about ready to pull my hair out! Lol. Thanks so much for your input! I appreciate it!

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Aug 06, 2017
    My granddaddy used to put a shovel deep in the ground in the late evening, where their burrow stopped. He said the moles could not see and when they started digging early the next morning, it would run into the shovel and the impact would kill it. Gotta add, he always got the mole, even if it took several attempts. The first mole I ever saw a dead one.

  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 07, 2017
    Oh ok maybe, getting a trap to implant in ground, saw them at tractor supply store and /or ask someone at a farm store type places for advice ?? search on goggle , etc... for info on them rascals!!?? have fun!
    God's blessing ! BOB
    dig down some and put a cherry bomb firework ???,fire works under the ground ??

    • Shirley lester Shirley lester on Aug 08, 2017
      Ha Ha! I'm to the point of putting anything down the holes to get rid of the pests. Traps haven't worked. Thanks for your input! Made my day!

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 08, 2017
    You are Welcome, Shirley!!! LOL!!!
    I truly do hope that they work out well for you, as I know what a sheer pest that Gopher's are!!!
    Please advise us, if any of the above work for you!!! Fingers Crossed!!
    Take Care!!

    • Shirley lester Shirley lester on Aug 08, 2017
      Haven't had a chance to get to the store to get the ingredients you suggested, but hopefully will make it tomorrow. AM SO ANXIOUS to get rid of these pests! Thank you!

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 09, 2017
    You are so Welcome, Shirley!!! Take Care!

  • 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!

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    • All our neighbors surrounding us had gophers and eventually they ventured into our yard. Tried the traps, we didn't know what we were doing. Never caught any. My daughter was cleaning cages one day and I thought hey, snakes, could work....

      So I tried it and it did!

      My daughter used to have pythons and boas so we used to save plenty of sheds for when we needed them. She doesn't anymore but the gophers have been gone for some years now and fingers crossed they don't come back.

      There's a Serpentarium not too far away, I always thought I'd call them and ask if I could have some of their sheds if the need ever arised