What are gophers?
Gophers are lawn and landscape pests and are any property owners’ worst nightmare. They are large, furry rodents that use their strong front legs and claws to tunnel through the soil. These unique animals are made for living under the ground. Their sensitive whiskers help them find their way underground, their lips close behind their teeth to keep dirt out, and their external cheek pockets allow them to carry and hold the food they gather.
Gophers are vegetarians and feed on roots, grass, shrubs, and landscaping plants. While people rarely see this frustrating pest, gophers can take over and damage any lawn.
Are gophers dangerous?
Gophers pose no danger to people because they spend almost their entire lives underground, so people rarely come into contact with them. However, gophers are dangerous pests because of the amount of damage that they can cause to lawns, trees, flowers, and landscaping plants. They also tunnel under foundations and driveways, causing damage to both in the process.
In addition to the damage they cause to grass and plants, gophers also create unsightly dirt tunnels on lawns and horseshoe-shaped mounds of dirt around their exit tunnels that are trip and fall hazards and make mowing difficult.
Why do I have a gopher problem?
Gophers can become a problem on any property that offers the right soil conditions and plenty of vegetation to eat. Unfortunately for us, lawns that are healthy and lush tend to lure gophers. Irrigation systems often attract gophers and act as a source of water for them. If gophers are on neighboring properties, it is common for them to travel to adjacent properties; gophers do not pay attention to property lines.
Where will I find gophers?
Active throughout the year, gophers tunnel through the soil, preferring moist, loose dirt. Gophers are also active throughout the day and night, adding to the amount of damage they can cause. During periods of snow, they will tunnel through the snow and feed on tree bark. Gophers live in yards, parks, golf courses, athletic, and crop fields.
How do I get rid of gophers?
Get rid of gophers from your residential or commercial property with the help of the local experts at All Star Pest Control. We will eliminate gophers and other pests from your home or business and provide the follow-up services needed to prevent them from returning. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we meet all their pest control needs.
All Star Pest Control offers exceptional pest control services, using the most modern technology and products available. If you are ready to protect your Omaha, Nebraska home or business from pests, reach out to All Star Pest Control today. Our results are guaranteed!
How can I prevent gophers in the future?
The best way to prevent future problems with gophers is to partner with the professionals at All Star Pest Control. One of the best things you can do to avoid issues with gophers in gardens and around foundations of outbuildings is to surround them with mesh fencing. Bury mesh fencing at least 18 inches into the ground with several inches of the fencing visible above the ground. While not fool-proof, it is a good deterrent.