Rodents like mice, rats, and gophers can cause significant damage in your garden. It is essential to find effective ways to get rid of them and to keep these rodents away. Learn how to get rid of gophers in your garden!
1. Fence the affected areas
Gophers feed on certain plants and prefer particular parts – tubers, for example – so it is possible to find them only in a certain area of your garden. Therefore, a wire mesh fence (about 60 cm) around the affected area should keep gophers away from your plants.
It is important to make sure that the fence has at least 30 cm height so that gophers will not be able to climb it.
2. Gopher hole flood
Another way to get rid of gophers, without resorting to toxic substances, is flooding their underground tunnels.
You will need a garden hose and a shovel. Dig a hole to reach the gopher tunnel, insert a garden hose and turn on the water. Let the water run for at least 15 minutes for the liquid to flood the tunnel completely.
3. Tunnel fumigation
Use a shovel to widen a gopher hole and remove debris. Place aluminum pellets until they reach inside the gopher tunnel. Next, plug the hole with soil to make sure the gases remain inside.
This procedure is usually performed by professionals, so do not hesitate to ask for professional help before attempting this fumigation procedure alone.
4. Use rodenticides
You can get rid of gophers with rodenticides, toxic chemicals that kill rodents. These come in various forms, acting differently on pests.
Among other things, there anticoagulant rodenticides based on warfarin or ATNU (Alpha-Naphthyl thiourea), etc.
If you use powder form rodenticides, they need to be applied deep inside the tunnel, using a metal spoon or a scoop. Rodenticide layer thickness should not exceed 4 mm and 30-40 cm width. Rodenticide layer should be applied outside the tunnel on a minimum distance of 30 cm.
If you find food supply, spray it with rodenticide too.
We hope these methods will help you get rid of gophers in your garden.