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Gophers are animals that can quickly destroy a yard or a garden. All the hard work that you put into your garden in the fall and the early spring could be gone in a matter of days. The problems of course are the tunnels and the burrows. Because the tunnels are not that deep they will also raise the soil which can damage the look of your lawn. That is not the only damage that they can cause; gophers can also kill plants by eating the root along with other forms of vegetation. All these problems can be avoided if you know how to get the gophers out and even preventing them from arriving in the first place. There are methods that you can follow that will ensure that your vegetation and your lawn will be in top shape even when there are gophers in the area.
There are a few commercial repellents available in gardening stores and even more of them available online. While it is difficult to try them all, some of them offer a decent result while others are not anything that you should buy. Before you make a purchase you should know what you are buying and what you are putting on the garden. This is particularly important if you have children, pets or grow vegetables for food. Some repellents are toxic to wildlife as well as household pets. Read the labels and if at all possible check for real customer reviews. Many options will be granules that you’ll sprinkle over the yard to keep them away. There are also quite a few solar powered lawn fixtures that send out sonic waves to rid your yard of these pests.
A lot of commercial repellents will not be effective at all and you should stay away from those because they will take your money and not fix your problem. Most repellents that actually work with gophers will work with other types of wildlife like moles and groundhogs, and vice versa. You will probably not find any repellents that are exclusive to gophers you may be disappointed with their effectiveness.
Repellents work because they make the animal uncomfortable without really harming it. The first thing that you have to do is find the burrow, or evidence of where the gopher is feeding and eliminating. Many people suggest using moth balls as these often serve as a great deterrent for many small nuisance animals. When you are certain that you have found their gopher-hole or in most cases holes, you should put some of the repellent near it or even inside. Some ideas as to what you can put in the hole are cayenne peppers, cinnamon or some hot peppers. If the hole is active it will not be for long, because gophers hate the smell of those things. Make sure that you are generous with the amount of these spices that you put in the burrow. A little bit of it doesn’t really do the trick and more of it won’t hurt your yard.
Flush Them Out
As a last resort you could use a hose and place it in the burrow. Then you can proceed to flush the gopher out. You should be careful if you choose this course of action because flooding the burrow can actually end up damaging your lawn a lot more than what a gopher could have ever done. You should pay attention to the connections that holes may have so that you do not end up flooding more than you need to. If all else fails you can also find other natural repellents online. The repellents that were not included are simply not as effective, but they are sometimes worth a try. Also keep in mind that in extreme cases you always have the choice of calling a wildlife expert to remove them from your lawn.
More in-detail how-to gopher removal articles:
Information about gopher trapping
- analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a gopher
- with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep gophers away
- prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a gopher
- remove one stuck in the house.
This site is intended to provide gopher deterrent education and information about gopher repellents, such as those you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so that you can make an informed decision
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