The only things that should be tearing up your yard are soccer games and family fun. That being said, you’re probably not too happy when you see a little animal like a gopher tunneling through the grass. Gophers are sneaky creatures, but the damage they leave is obvious. Who wants to deal with that? Fox Pest Control wants to help you take back your home.
You might already know for sure that you have a gopher problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a gopher problem in .
Since gophers are highly vigilant and able to eat plant roots underground, they rarely appear above ground. However, they may pop their heads up every so often to find another plant to eat or to search for water.
The main sign of gophers is their tunnels. Active entrances typically look like roundish, sandy spots with fresh dirt. Inactive tunnels have dense, unturned dirt.
Gophers eat plants by finding their roots and dragging the entire plant underground and storing the uneaten ones in gallery tunnels. Even fairly large plants can die or vanish overnight.
Think you have a gopher problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free gopher control quote.
Schedule prompt service with one of our certified technicians.
Your inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized gopher treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
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When they aren’t tearing up your yard and destroying your plants, gophers move a huge amount of earth every year, which helps to aerate the soil.
Gophers are usually more dangerous to the landscaping of your property than they are to you, your family, or your pets. They don’t usually carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
Gophers eat plants of all kinds, completely destroying every plant they can find. Additionally, gophers can bring fleas and ticks onto your yard. They can also attract other pests into the area.
Have pointy noses
Have tiny eyes that are almost invisible
Have shovel-like forepaws
Make circular mounds
Are not rodents, but a type of insectivorous mammal
Eat grubs, worms, bugs, and other invertebrates
Create extensive tunnels that are usually close to the surface
Some types of gophers look like a stubby squirrel with a shorter, less bushy tail than a squirrel
Create mounds with a cone shape that has a dirt doorway called a plug
Dig deep tunnels while searching for plant roots and bulbs
Only eat plants
Have large front teeth and visible eyes
“Pocket” gophers have food pouches on the outside of their cheeks.
Size. Gopher are typically between 1-2 pounds. Groundhogs can grow up to about 13 pounds.
Food pouch. Some gophers have a fur-lined “pocket” on the outside of their cheeks where they can store food.
Tails and feet. Gophers usually have hairless tails and pink feet, whereas groundhogs have hairy tails and dark brown or black feet.
Noticeable front Teeth. Gophers’ four front teeth protrude more and are more noticeable than groundhogs’.
Hibernation. Gophers don’t hibernate, but groundhogs spend the winter hibernating in their burrow until spring.
Speciation. Gophers are more closely related to mice and rats, whereas a groundhog is actually a type of ground squirrel called a marmot.
Gophers are solitary creatures. They don’t live in packs or colonies, so chances are good that there is only one gopher.
The number of holes a gopher makes may not necessarily indicate the number of gophers in the area.
Fox Pest Control can get rid of them for you. When it comes to treating them, the number of gophers present on your property doesn’t always matter. The method and consistency of treatments are the strongest factors that will work against gophers.
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