Getting Rid of Pocket Gophers

Getting Rid of Pocket Gophers

Beth Zeigler
Feb 18, 2009

021809gopher-01.jpgYesterday, we briefly mentioned that we had a mole problem in our front yard (but an AT reader said we're probably dealing with pocket gophers). After a little research and a quick pic taken of the suspect yesterday, we concluded that the AT reader was indeed correct--a few pocket gophers have invaded our front yard...

One of the many holes in our front yard--unsightly and dangerous.

We went online in search of ways to say goodbye to our pocket gophers and found plenty of useful information. We liked one website in particular-- Gopher Guide. Apparently there are plenty of ways to get rid of gophers including traps, baits, electronics, gas bombs and lawn sprays. Most websites, including Gopher Guide, say that while setting traps will give you the best results, there are some disadvantages (difficult to maneuver and actually having to remove the dead gopher from the trap). There was one natural method that Gopher Guide suggested--a cat. While our pet cat would have a grand time catching the pesky critters, she's an indoor only.

Have you ever had a gopher problem? How did you get rid of these pesky creatures?

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