Pocket gophers are medium-sized rodents, growing to between 6 and 13 inches long. Their fur can be black, brown, or nearly white in color. They have a short hairless tail, and their front incisors are always visible. Pocket gophers have a short neck, small flattened head, and powerful front legs equipped with large claws. The pocket gopher got its name from the fur-lined pouches that are located outside of its mouth that they use to carry food in.
Why do I have them?
Pocket gophers are most active in the spring and fall and are attracted to properties that offer them ample food sources and a place to create their tunnels and burrows. Pocket gophers feed on things like grasses, dandelions, bulbs, shrubs, trees, and roots. They tunnel through lawns and gardens, and their tunnels can range in depth from just a few inches to hundreds of feet. These rodents always leave a distinctive horseshoe or fan shape at the surface of their tunnel.
Are pocket gophers dangerous?
Pocket gophers are not dangerous to people, but they are damaging to properties. They can damage lawns, gardens, and farmlands; they can cause harm to trees by feeding on their bark and roots. Pocket gophers have also been known to damage underground wires, cables, and pipes as they create their tunnels.
Can I get rid of gophers myself?
We do not recommend do it yourself wildlife removal with mole infestations. Pocket gophers spend most of their time underground. They live, feed and breed underground making it very difficult to control or get rid of without damage to underground utilities, sprinkler systems, landscapes, and lawns.
Our wildlife removal experts at Flea Master can schedule a thorough inspection and a gopher control program customized to your needs to humanely remove and control pocket gophers living on your property.
Our Flea Master Pest Control Program will help you battle against gophers and allow you to reclaim your property. Give us a call to see how we can help to eliminate the nuisance and damage that these pests do to your yard.
How soon can you get there?
Flea Master Pest Control Solutions knows how stressful gopher problems can be for home and business owners. We are committed to helping our customers control and eliminate pest problems as quickly as possible, and in most instances Flea Master Technicians are able to respond to service requests the same day or the very next day.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Flea Master utilizes natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. We follow very stringent product use guidelines so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. We practice methods for removal of mole infestations that are humanely controlled without danger to you, your family or pets.
How do I prevent future infestations?
Pocket gophers choose your property to invade because of their ground-dwelling nature and there is no cost-effective way to prevent it. The best solution for a pocket gopher infestation is to get help to remove this infestation as quickly as possible without further damage to your property. Signs for infestations are:
- You may notice damage to your lawn with random golf-ball size holes with tunnels running across your lawn.
- You may also find horseshoe shape mounds, damage to your plants, trees, and bulbs.
These are all key signs you have a pocket gopher problem. Contact the wildlife removal experts at Flea Master to consult with you on your special needs.