Gophers live in the desert. Do you, or are you sure you don't mean
I catch the Woodchucks, that decide to dig under my sunroom, with a
Hav-A-Hart. The ones that live in a burrow on the wooded edge of my
property, I leave alone. I like to watch the babies running around in
Certainly not all gophers live in deserts.
To OP, sure gophers or moles? Pocket gophers, probably most common,
make access holes leaving a mound behind. Moles, otoh, rarely actually
come to surface and leave the tunnel runs...
Baiting is probably best bet, but which and how depends on what... :)
Over 20 years ago when I lived in the mid west,my friend showed how to get
rid of the gophers by getting rid of their food source. It turn out they
were looking for a certain type of insect. I can not remember the name of
the insects but I remember them being white.
I went to my local hardware and after I spread on my lawn that was needed to
rid of the food source, the gophers went next door and left my lawn alone.
Best way, The Rodenator.
It's war. I bought a house last year in Utah that has them. We go back and
forth, so at times, it is vacant for a couple of weeks. It takes only a
couple of days for one to move in, and cause several mounds.
You can flood them, which is not totally effective. You can poison them,
which works some of the time. Shooting is near impossible because you never
see them. Lawnmower or ATV exhaust will kill them, but you have to work at
it to make the tubes and stuff you need. They can block the tunnel, and
survive. I have heard that lighting a fusee (road flare) and putting it
down their hole will kill them, too, as the fusee has enough chemical oxygen
to keep burning underground. They sell industrial firecrackers that are
commonly called M80s at gun shows.
I, personally, am building a copy of The Rodenator. I have all the welding
stuff anyway, so it's not a big investment. They are $1900, and I wouldn't
think that would cover the tanks, another $200.
With a propane/oxygen concussion producing device (gas/oxygen explosion) you
kill the animal, you take out all the oxygen, so if there are more than one,
and not all are killed, they asphyxiate, and the tunnel collapses so that
another does just not move into the empty flat.
It all depends on how complex you want to be. I already have two ranchers
who are asking me when this will be done, as they have problems with
gophers, and their stock can easily break a leg.
As a start, I'd suggest some poison pellets. Easier to place than traps,
and if you only have one or two here and there, the cheapest easiest way to
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