Signs It’s Time to Hire a Gopher Removal Professional
If you are dealing with gophers on your property, and considering gopher removal, you’re probably aware of the damage they can do. In fact, gophers are one of the most destructive animals; they can do thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your lawn in only a few days. Gophers are also extremely difficult to catch, which gives them more time for destruction. They have excessively long and exposed upper and lower teeth, large paws and large claws. They use their teeth to tunnel through the ground, which ultimately creates large mounds in your yard. Gophers don’t hibernate, so they must scavenge and store enough food to last through the winter. The majority of their foraging as well as living is done underground.
The majority of their food consists of grasses and plants. There is typically only one gopher that occupies their tunnel system; however, there is occasional two gophers in the same tunnel system (at different ends). Here are some signs of gophers living under your yard, which means it’s time to contact a professional gopher removal service as soon as possible.
Signs of Gopher Damage
The damages done by gophers are usually easy to spot, because there will be large mounds of dirt scattered throughout the yard. The mounds are known as relief tunnels, which are created from the gopher burrowing through the ground and expelling the dirt from its burrowing system. The deeper the burrow is, the more dirt they expel in order to make traveling through the tunnel easy. Other signs of a gopher problem may include:
- Damaged underground wires and pipes-As gophers burrow through the ground. They also chew their way through irrigation pipes, power cables and internet lines. It’s not uncommon for them to chew through a main water line. These can lead to extensive soil erosion that goes unnoticed until extensive damage is done. If you notice unusual problems with pipes and/or cables that are below ground, it may be the result of a gopher, so you contact a professional gopher removal service immediately.
- Sinkholes-Some tunnels may be shallow (less than 12 inches deep), which can impact the ground stability, causing sinkholes. Sinkholes can cause serious injuries for humans and domesticated pets. Therefore the holes need to be filled in as soon as possible.
- Disappearing vegetation-If you are noticing various types of vegetation disappearing from your lawn and/or garden, it’s most like the work of a gopher. They often drag vegetation from above the ground down into the tunnels. They grab the vegetarian by the roots, or they will gnaw at the roots of trees and shrubbery.
Gophers can do a lot of damage in a short period of time, so the quicker you hire someone experienced in gopher removal, the quicker you can prevent more damage. The most common options for gopher removal include baiting method, trapping method or carbon monoxide method. There are different methods of removal. The exact method will depend on a variety of factors, such as how deep the tunnels are, the location of the tunnels and if there are more than one gopher living under your lawn.
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