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How to Kill Gophers with Poison



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How To Kill A Gopher
The conflict between man and gopher is one which was immortalized in the film Caddyshack, and this does portray the fact that the damage caused by gophers can be hugely frustrating for many people. Gophers are small burrowing rodents that are generally only to be found in rural areas, and their natural habitats are in woodlands, but they can be a major pest in suburban areas or in the gardens of people in rural areas. Many farmers will also find that gophers can be a massive problem, and will want to look for ways to exterminate these animals.

Poisoning Gophers
Many people will think that using poison to kill gophers can be an easy method of getting rid of this pest, but the reality will often be very different once people start to use poison and can see the results. The problems that are caused by using poison to kill gophers often dwarf the problems caused by the gophers themselves, and one of the first issues is that it is difficult to accurately target the gopher when using poison. This can mean that other animals are killed. The other issue with using poison is that the gopher won’t always die in an easy to find location, and the rotting carcass can often be smelly and can also attract other animals to the area.

Gopher Traps
There are a range of traps that are available on the market that can be used to kill gophers, but the difficulty is that many gophers will actually spend much of their time underground. This means that locating the trap will be very important, and is something that can be a little hit and miss for many amateurs who are trying to deal with a gopher problem themselves. The other problem with using gopher traps is that you will have to deal with the carcass, and this can be an unpleasant job.

Other Methods Of Killing Gophers
Although the traditional methods of killing gophers have been used for long periods, some people will try to use more innovative methods to kill these pest animals. One method for those who are living in rural areas and who own a gun is to shoot the animals, but this can be difficult and time consuming. Another method of killing gophers is to pump a poison gas into the animal’s burrow, but this is also an issue because many gopher networks will have multiple entrances.

Alternatives To Killing Gophers
The main reason that many people will want to kill a gopher is because it has been found in their garden or is causing damage to their land. The reality is that killing a gopher is only a temporary solution, because where there has been one gopher it will often be because there is a specific attraction of the area to gophers. Removing the reason for the gophers coming to the area is the real solution to the problem, and this can be done by excluding them from your garden, or stopping them from getting to a specific area such as the vegetable patch or the lawn.

One of the best ways to do this is by installing an exclusion fence that is embedded around 18 inches under the surface which will stop the animals from getting in. There are some people who won’t want to take this course, so another alternative is to place a trench of gravel around the specific areas of the garden that you want to protect. Another option is to use a cage trap to catch the animal, and then to release it into the wild. This is an option favored by many wildlife removal experts who will be able to do this for you if you aren’t confident in dealing with such a problem.

More in-detail how-to gopher removal articles:
Information about gopher trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to keep gophers away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a gopher - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about gopher repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

This site is intended to provide gopher education and information about how to kill gophers with poison, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a gopher problem. This site provides many gopher control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of gopher removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you kill your nuisance gopher. Click here to read more about how to get rid of gophers.

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