Gopher solotions

This year, for whatever reason, we have had a major influx of gopher attack in our garden. Internet search points mostly to electronic "chaser" devices. Anyone have experience with these? Successful?
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groundhogs. I tried all of the tricks I could find and no luck. They kept digging under my fence and into the garden. Out of frustration, I cut several hundred stakes about a foot long and drove them into the ground at the fence line leaving a 1" gap between. They would dig a while then move on, dig a while... After a few days, they just gave up. That was over a year ago.
A few weeks ago I started to notice that something was eating my lettuce. The next day it was me beans. I couldn't figure out how they were getting in. No holes in the fence and no tunnels under the fence. The third day I noticed that the tops of my tomatoes were eaten, and they are 4' high. I then noticed a pile of deer droppings. Great, after 2+ years with a 4' high fence, the deer decide to jump over it. So, I put up a 7-1/2 foot high deer fence around my 30 x 45 garden.
Sometimes I wonder why I even try to grow anything! Between the cost of materials and time, it's probably cheaper to just buy the veggies. However, now that the peas are about done, the beans and cucumbers are coming in and the corn is not far behind, I know it was worth it.
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Over the last 15 years I have dealt with hundreds of gophers on my half acre lot. There are only two surefire ways to get rid of them.
The first is gopher traps. You must use two traps. About $5 in any feed or farm store.
Find the tunnel by pushing a long rod or screwdriver into the ground between two mounds until you feel it give. That will locate the tunnel. Use post hole diggers to dig down and expose the tunnel. You may have to use the screwdriver to scrape dirt away from the sides to locate the holes. There will be at least two, one from each direction. Place a trap in each and cover big hole with leaves or something that will let a little light in. Be sure to tie the traps to some sort of stake (tomato stakes work well). A big gohper can carry a trap off or into the tunnel.
The second is to expose the tunnel in the same way and put a couple of tablespoons of Drano (lye) in the tunnel and cover back up. They get it on their feet and it kills them when they lick it off. If you do this make sure to be very careful if you have pets. Don't want any exposed that they can get hold of.
Hope this helps.
Bruce
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