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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2017

Do you have someone who can get rid of gophers in our front and back yards

We need these gophers gone

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Pest Control would be the normal Search the List category for this. They can use bait poison, in areas where ground squirrels and gophers are common may smoke them out (asphyxiate them) or use a poison aerosol pumped into their burrows - though you have to be careful with that, especially with ground squirrels, because their tunnels might go under the house or into unfinished crawlspace or basement, letting the poison into the hosue.

A few pest control compnies even keep pet ferrets or weasels for this purpose.

Some also use dry ice, which melts as pure carbon dioxide which flows along the tunnels and suffocates them.

There are also gopher baits which work fairly well, BUT be careful if you have dogs or cats in your yard, because a dead/dying gopher eaten by a pet can be deadly.

There are also gopher baited traps (both kill and no-kill type) you can use, but in my esperience not real effective because unlike ground squirrels they do a lot of new burrow digging so may not come across the trap.

And of course - buying a gopher snaked or king snake can go a long ways - though king snakes, in my experience, tend to roam a large area so might not be too effective in just your yard.

One thing NOT to do - I have seen some spectacular mistake with this DIY method which used to be fairly common before fuel spills into the ground were considered a big thing - punching holes into the tunnels and pouring gasoline in and lighting it. Brush fires, driveway fires, burnt utility lines, exploded gaslines, house burned down (yours or neighbors), personal burns, even a burning rodent running into a horse barn and setting it on fire - lots of ways for it to go wrong.

Here is one previous question with answers on the subject I found, FYI -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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