As any homeowner will tell you, there are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to taking care of your property. One such issue is the infestation of gophers. Gophers can cause serious damage to your yard, digging tunnels and eating plants. In addition to being an inconvenience, they can also be challenging to get rid of. In this post, we’ll teach you how to prevent gophers from taking over your yard.
IDENTIFY GOPHER DAMAGE IN YOUR YARD
It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have gophers in your yard, as they can often go undetected. There are a few signs, though, that you should be aware of. Gopher damage typically looks like small mounds of dirt that have been pushed up out of the ground. The mounds will be about the size of a softball and will have a hole in the middle. If you see these signs, it’s likely that you have gophers in your yard and it’s time to take action in an effort to prevent gophers from causing further damage.
UNDERSTAND WHY GOPHERS ARE ATTRACTED TO YOUR YARD
There are a few reasons why gophers might be attracted to your yard: One reason is that they might be looking for food. Gophers are rodents, so they like to eat things like plants, roots, and insects. If you have a garden or some plants in your yard, this might attract gophers to your property. Another reason gophers might be attracted to your yard is because of the shelter they can find there. Gophers like to live in tunnels underground, and if your yard has a lot of soft, loose soil, it can be a perfect place for them to live.
The last reason gophers might be attracted to your yard is because of the water supply. Gophers need water to survive, and if your yard has a lot of ponds or puddles, they might see it as a perfect place to live.
WAYS TO PREVENT GOPHERS IN YOUR YARD
These are some ways to prevent gophers from taking up residence in your yard:
Remove Food Sources and Shelter:
- This means keeping your lawn mowed short and removing any piles of debris, such as boards, stones or leaves.
- Make sure to also keep your gardens free of plants that gophers like to eat, such as potatoes, carrots and beets.
Use Physical Barriers to Prevent Gophers:
- This could be anything from a fence to a concrete barrier, or even a wire mesh screen.
- The key is to make sure the barrier is installed correctly and that it is tall enough so that gophers can’t jump over it.
Use Chemical Repellents to Deter Gophers:
- The most common and effective method is to use chemical repellents.
- These products contain ingredients that gophers find unpleasant, so they will avoid the treated area.
- Be sure to read the product label carefully and follow all instructions, as overuse of chemical repellents can be harmful to both people and pets.
Bring in Natural Predators to Control and Prevent Gophers:
- There are a few different animals that can be effective in controlling gopher populations, including owls, snakes.
- If you are comfortable with it, you can try to attract owls and snakes to your yard by putting up nest boxes and shelters, and by planting native vegetation that they like to eat.
These are a few things you can do to prevent gophers from taking up residence in your yard. You can also try planting gopher-resistant plants, like lavender or rosemary. If all else fails, you can trap and remove the gophers yourself.
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