Gopher control is typically required when gophers become a nuisance or pose a threat to property, agriculture, or landscaping. Gophers are considered pests primarily because of their burrowing behavior, which can cause significant damage.

Here are some reasons why gophers are considered pests:

  1. Burrowing: Gophers create complex tunnel systems underground, which can undermine the structural integrity of buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Their tunnels can damage irrigation systems, utility lines, and even cause sinkholes.
  2. Crop damage: Gophers feed on plant roots, bulbs, and tubers, which can lead to significant damage to crops, gardens, and landscaping. They can devastate agricultural fields, orchards, and vegetable gardens, resulting in economic losses for farmers and gardeners.
  3. Landscape destruction: Gophers often leave unsightly mounds of dirt on lawns, golf courses, and parks as they excavate soil while digging their tunnels. This can ruin the aesthetics of manicured landscapes and recreational areas.
  4. Plant disturbance: Gophers are known to consume a variety of plants, including ornamental plants and trees. Their feeding habits can disrupt gardens, flower beds, and nurseries.
  5. Ecosystem impact: Gophers are considered invasive species in some regions where they are not native. Their burrowing can alter soil composition and disrupt native plant communities. Additionally, their activities can affect the habitat of other animals by creating openings for predators or causing the collapse of burrows used by other species.

To mitigate these issues, gopher pest control measures are often employed. These may include trapping, using repellents, employing underground fencing, or employing gopher-specific control methods. It’s important to note that some regions have regulations or restrictions on gopher control methods due to environmental considerations or animal welfare concerns. It’s advisable to consult local authorities or gopher pest control professionals to determine the most appropriate and legally compliant methods for gopher control in a specific area.

Dealing with gophers can be challenging, and the decision to hire a pest control company or handle it yourself depends on several factors. Consider the following points when deciding:

  1. Severity of the gopher problem: If you have a minor gopher issue with a few mounds or tunnels, you might be able to address it on your own using DIY methods. However, if you’re dealing with a large population of gophers causing extensive damage, it may be more efficient to We Clean Pest Control who has experience in gopher control.
  2. Time and effort: Gopher control can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. It often involves setting traps, locating burrows, and implementing preventive measures. If you have the time, knowledge, and patience to handle these tasks, you can attempt to address the gopher problem yourself. However, keep in mind that at We Clean Pest Control we have the expertise, equipment, and techniques to efficiently address gopher infestations, saving you time and effort.
  3. Legal considerations: In some areas, there may be regulations or restrictions on gopher control methods to protect wildlife or ensure humane practices. If you’re uncertain about the legality of certain control methods or want to ensure ethical practices, please reach out to us and we can provide the information or local legal regulations you require.
  4. Desired outcomes: Consider your expectations for the results. Remember our professional expertise often have a higher success rate in eliminating gophers due to their knowledge and experience. If you want a more reliable and effective solution, hiring professionals may be the better option.

We always offer a Free Consultation and complete an assessment so we can quote and help you make an informed decision based on your specific situation. They can evaluate the severity of the gopher problem and provide guidance on the most appropriate course of action.