Is That a Gopher Hole in Your Yard?
After you’ve spent time and expense making your yard look beautiful, the last thing you want is a gopher infestation messing everything up. An “infestation” makes it sound like there would be many of these little pests in your yard, and the damage can certainly make it appear like that. However, gophers are solitary, but the devastation that only one can cause to an entire yard is bad enough.
How do you know if the excavations you see all over your yard are from a gopher and not some other creature? Another common yard pest is the mole. Mole holes and tunnels almost appear to be like the running lines of dirt pushed up from underground that you used to see in cartoons as a kid. On the other hand, gophers dig a little deeper so their evidence is different. Plus, they are voracious plant-eaters, so the dead and dying vegetation in your yard is definitely enough to tip you off that something is wrong.
There will usually be numerous gopher holes all across its expansive territory – namely, your yard and perhaps even further beyond that. A gopher hole will appear to be an irregular or crescent-shaped mound of dirt, with a plug of soil just inside the entrance/exit hole. Gophers always plug up their holes in this way when they go back underground. If there is no dirt plug in a hole, the pest is probably something other than a gopher.
Sometimes the grass and other vegetation immediately surrounding the hole is eaten away. You may see other evidence of damage to your plants and lawn, including bark chewed away around the base of trees. This causes extensive damage to trees and may result in them dying.
Just one solitary gopher can have a wide range of territory and eat massive amounts of vegetation. They do not hibernate, so you get to put up with their activity throughout the year. In addition to decimating your trees and grass, they chew the roots around annuals and perennials and then pull the plants down into their burrows. Understandably, you will want to deal with this tiny terror as soon as you notice its presence.
It is best to contact a professional pest removal service if you suspect you have a gopher. Gophers may have several burrows expanding over a wide area of land, and attempting to locate it yourself may result in further damage to your yard. A rodent exterminator will be able to pinpoint the location of your unwanted visitor and remove it effectively. For more information on gopher prevention in Carlsbad, please visit this site.
David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations. You can find his thoughts at Tumblr blog.
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