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Question DetailsAsked on 9/13/2013

What do you do if you have a goffer problem?

For as long as I remember, my Grandfather used traps and who knows what to get these underground critters, but now that we're living at the house, I've noticed tons of holes popping up everywhere. For sure, it is a goffer & no other animal. What can be done?

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I know this sounds far fetched, but my Dad had a problem with them and he found that if you stick a half of stick of juicy fruit gum in the path of the critter they will leave. They eat it and cannot digest it, then die. He no longer has this problem.

Answered 6 years ago by Kathy Huff


I feel the same way if I eat juicy fruit gum. LOL I'm totally gray so you know my age. When I was about 10 yrs I barfed after having juicy fruit gum. I doubt it was the cause, but the smell of it has nauseated me every since. . Its worth a try. I'd love to hear the results. We have a terrible problem in my neighborhood. I don't have the problem bcs I lay carpets over what should be the lawn. My next door neighbor's lawn has numerous holes. I'll ask her if I can try the juicy fruit gum on her lawn. Puppy love from Inventing Joy & Furry Folk

Answered 6 years ago by InventingJoy


Apparent typo in your question - not sure if you have a problem with golfers leaving divots or gophers leaving holes.

If golfers, replace their golf balls with wiffle balls and sit back and enjoy their consternation at 20 yard drives.

If gophers, I have also heard DoubleBubble bubble gum works the same way as the chewing gum.

If that does not do it, there are grain-based gopher poisons that work great, but you need to be careful not to let your pets out without checking for dead animals (they sometimes come to the surface as they die), as if they eat the dead animals the strychnine or other poison will kill them too. Also bad if you have digging dogs or pet ferrets in the yard, though if you have ferrets maybe your problem will solve itself. We used to get great results by grabbing King or gopher snakes when we saw them and putting them down the active holes.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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