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Here at Gopher Control service we offer a full service gopher control

business. We use state of the art rodent control products to quickly and

safely remove your problem gophers and rodents from your yards. Gophers

can destroy thousands of dollars of landscaping, pipes, trees, grass, shrubs

and cause serious heartache over your beloved yard.

We will come to your business or residence and safely and completely

remove them with our Rodent Blaster HS-1 gopher control blaster. It uses

propane and oxygen to safely and humanely get rid of those pesky

rodents. Rodent Blaster Hot Shot products are environmentally friendly

since no poisonous gases or chemicals are used. It injects a precise mixture

of propane and oxygen into the gophers tunnel and then quickly detonates it from a safe distance

with a remote detonating device to exterminate the pests quickly, safely

and humanely without any dangerous poisons or traps. It is safe for the environment

and will not harm pets and wildlife unlike dangerous poisons and traps.

The Rodent Blaster HS-1 injects the propane and oxygen into the

gopher tunnel and then it is remotely ignited from 25 feet away causing the

gophers and their burrow to be quickly destroyed. We charge $85 dollars an

hour for our gopher control service.

Our crew will arrive promptly when scheduled and use

all safety measures to ensure that the pesky gophers are controlled

in a safe humanely manner.


 

INFORMATION ABOUT GOPHER CONTROL

Pocket gophers are difficult to control. Thomomys species, are burrowing rodents that get their name from the fur-lined cheek pouches, or pockets, they use for carrying food and nesting materials. Pocket gophers are very well equipped for digging, tunneling with their powerfully built legs; large-clawed front paws; short fur that doesn’t cake in wet soils; small eyes and ears; and highly sensitive whiskers that assist with moving about in the dark. A gopher has lips that also are unusually adapted for their lifestyle; they can close them behind their four large teeth to keep dirt out of their mouths when using their teeth for digging.

5 types of pocket gophers are found in California, with Bottas pocket gopher, T. bottae, being most common. Depending on the species, they are 6 to 10 inches long. For the most part, gophers remain underground in their burrow system, although you’ll sometimes see them feeding at the edge of an open burrow, pushing dirt out of their tunnel , or moving to a new area.

Mounds of fresh dirt are the best sign of a gopher’s presence. Gophers form mounds as they dig tunnels and push the loose dirt to the surface. The hole, which is off to one side of the mound, usually is plugged.

One gopher can create and control many mounds a day. In dry areas, mound building is most pronounced during spring or fall when the soil is moist and easy to dig. In wet areas such as lawns, flower beds, and gardens, digging conditions usually are optimal year round, and mounds can appear at any time. In snow regions, gopher control and create burrows in the snow, resulting in some long, earth cores on the surface when the snow melts.

BIOLOGY / BEHAVIOR

Pocket gopher control will live in a burrow system that can cover an area up to 2,000 square feet. The burrows are usually about 2 to 3 1/2" in diameter. Feeding tunnels are usually 6 to 12 inches below ground, and the nest and food storage room can be as deep as 6 feet. Gophers seal the openings to the burrow system with earth plugs. Short, sloping lateral tunnels connect the main burrow system to the surface; gophers create these while pushing dirt to the surface to construct the main burrow.

Gophers don’t usually hibernate and are active all year, although you might not see any fresh mounds. They can be active at all hours of the day.

Gophers usually live alone in their burrow system, except when females are caring for their young or during breeding season. Gopher densities can be as high as 60 or more per acre in irrigated alfalfa fields or in vineyards. Gophers reach sexual maturity about 1 year of age and can live up to 3 years. In dryer areas, breeding usually occurs in late winter and early spring, resulting in 1 litter per year; in irrigated sites, gophers can produce up to 3 litters per year. Litters usually average 5 to 6.

Pocket gophers are herbivorous and feed on a wide variety of vegetation but generally prefer herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. Gophers use their sense of smell to locate food. Most commonly they feed on roots and fleshy portions of plants they encounter while digging. However, they sometimes feed aboveground, venturing only a body length or so from their tunnel opening. Burrow openings used in this manner are called “feed holes.” You can identify them by the absence of a dirt mound and by a circular band of clipped vegetation around the hole. Gophers also will pull entire plants into their tunnel from below. In snow-covered regions, gophers can feed on bark several feet up a tree by burrowing through the snow.

Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, feeding on many gardens, ornamentals, vines, shrubs, and trees. One gopher in a garden can cause a lot of damage in a very short time. Gophers also chew and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can divert and carry off irrigation water, which will lead to soil erosion. Mounds on lawns will interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the well kept grass.

 

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