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  1. Gophers can be quite destructive as they chow down and destroy many plants. There are several things you can do to control their damage or completely exterminate them, with some being more effective than others. Non-toxic granular repellents are available using the urine of a feared predator such as the fox, or pellets of castor oil that release an odor gophers detest. The intent is to send these ravenous rodents packing, but that always isn't the case.

    Permanent solutions include placing poison baits in the tunnel for the gophers to eat. The most effective tend to be made of strychnine or zinc phosphide. However, keep in mind that the poison will also kill any animal that eats the poison pellets or the poisoned gopher--including a family pet.

    Trapping is the most effective, most environmentally-friendly and safest method. The key is to place the traps in an active tunnel. You’ll need to dig down and dig out a space that’s big enough to accommodate the traps. For best results, set two traps facing in opposite directions. (Be sure to wear gloves while handling the traps to avoid leaving any of your scent.) Finally, cover the hole with a board that you’ve secured to the ground to avoid light from seeping through. If you haven’t trapped the gopher by day three, then move both traps to another active tunnel. Good luck!

    1. In response to Kris_Wetherbee

      We have a hungry mole family living (and grazing)in our lawn, this info is of great help for me as well. Thanks for sharing these tips Kris!

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