Gophers Cause Large Amounts of Damage to Property

There are a number of unwanted pests in the Western Hemisphere, including pocket gophers. They get their name from the two food-holding pockets in their mouths rather than their size. The yellow-faced pocket grows to about 6 or 7 inches in length, while the Plains pocket variety grows up to 14 inches in length. College Station gophers are among the largest in the United States.

There are 13 species in the US alone. Gophers adapt to their environment, making homes near the coast at areas below sea level and in high mountains above 12,000 feet. Excellent engineers, they build their underground homes in soil that supports the tunnel and air/gas exchange required to survive.

What makes them pests? They love juicy roots, including carrots and beets.  Alfalfa is just as delicious to a gopher as it is to cattle and horses. Most plants are not safe from these varmints. They grab roots to pull plants into the tunnel to snack on. Peanuts and potatoes are favorite underground snacks.

Their signature mark is a fan-shaped mound of soil that smothers vegetation. They damage flowers and trees, plug up the irrigation and other methods of water flow, and destroy underground utility lines. Just how are College Station residents supposed to keep them away?

Trapping and pesticides are two actual ways of controlling these nuisances. However, that requires time to set, check, clear and reset traps. A license is needed to purchase and use effective pesticides. The best step is to contact a local qualified pest control company as soon as evidence of gopher activity is spotted. Let the pros use their skill and experience to reduce and repel gophers.

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