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Information About Gophers:

Pocket gophers take their name from fur-lined cheek pouches that they use for carrying food and nesting materials. Pocket gophers are widespread throughout much of the South, Midwest and Western United States. They are born diggers and create elaborate tunnel systems. Like moles Pocket gophers have powerful forequarters with large front paws. Oftentimes mistaken for chipmunks or woodchucks Pocket gophers live in a burrow system that can exceed 2,500 square feet. Their fine fur allows them to move easily through any type of soil. They have a keen sense of smell and hearing which they use to locate food and avoid predators. They have small eyes and sensitive facial whiskers to assist their movements in the dark. Depending on species Pocket gophers vary in length from 7 to 12 inches.

Pocket gophers are herbivores. They feed on a wide variety of vegetation, including plants, shrubs, and trees. Most commonly they feed on roots and fleshy portions of plants they encounter while digging. Although sometimes seen feeding near an open burrow Pocket gophers normally remain underground in their burrow tunnels.

Pocket gophers can rapidly destroy yards and gardens feeding on many garden staples; plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. One Pocket gopher can cause major damage to a lawn and garden in a very short time. Gophers may also damage plastic water lines and other underground installations. Abandoned tunnels often divert water and this leads to soil erosion.

Mounds of fresh, new soil are a good sign of gopher activity. New mounds are formed as the gopher tunnels pushing dirt to the surface. Tunnels are 2 to 3 inches in diameter and usually from 5 to 12 inches below the ground, but they may be more than 5 feet deep. Tunnels are usually deeper in sandy soils than in clay soils. Gophers seal the openings to the burrow system with earthen plugs. One gopher may create several mounds in a day or as many as 300 mounds per year. Mounds are crescent-shaped and appear at the end of short lateral tunnels.

Gopher Repellers:

Our Gopher Repellers are the most humane and environmental friendly way of keeping gardens and lawns free of destructive gophers, moles and voles. Gophers have a very acute sense of hearing and sensitivity to ground vibration. The technology in our repellers exploits this sensitivity to produce a penetrating sonic sound that irritates gophers, moles, voles and burrowing rodents which may utilize tunnels dug by moles. We can get rid of your gopher problem without dangerous traps or poison. Our products are safe for use around pets and children.


Do gophers hibernate?

Pocket gophers do not hibernate and are active year round. They are more active in the spring and fall than they are during the heat of summer. Females usually produce one or two litters per year with the average litter size being 6 pups. Pocket gophers have a life span of 4 to 6 years.

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Gopher Chaser creates a penetrating sonic sound to drive away gophers, voles, moles and other rodents from your yard and garden.

How fast
can moles dig?

They can tunnel at over 16 feet an hour and can travel through finished tunnels at over 75 feet per minute. That's one reason they're nearly impossible to catch. Underground, in their element, they can move faster than greased lighting!