The Problem With Gophers On Your East County San Diego Property

July 30, 2021

Problems are not always obvious. Sometimes they lie under the surface, waiting for us to notice them. Take gophers, for example. These small and objectively cute mammals dig holes into and beneath the dirt. Seeing one above ground is rare and, to some, a pleasant sight. What is not enjoyable is finding loose dirt, pits, and other damages around your yard and garden. If you have never taken a moment to consider the problems gophers might cause around your East County San Diego property, here are a few things to consider.

a gopher in the grass

What Are Gophers?

Gophers are a medium-sized rodent species that live all across North and Central America. Also called a pocket gopher for the fur-lined cheek pouches on either side of its face, this somewhat adorable pest regularly causes trouble around area homes. You can identify a gopher by its five to fourteen-inch long body, powerful forequarters, soft fur, flat head, long sharp claws, and black to pale brown color.

You are most likely to find gophers in sandy soil around holes they have dug into the ground. These holes are often surrounded by loose dirt and connect to tunnels that travel deep underground. Along these tunnels are sections used for nesting, food storage, and excrement.

One thing that makes gophers so problematic is how fast they can reproduce. Newborns take one year to sexually mature and can produce a litter of pups roughly once a month. Each litter consists of five to six pups. All it takes is one pregnant female for your property to be crawling with gophers in no time.

Why Do Gophers Invade Properties?

Gophers are herbivores by nature, meaning they live off vegetation. This diet often leads them to invade properties, especially ones with gardens and ample plant growth. That said, most properties have a good amount of plant growth and soil suitable for these destructive pests.

The Problems Gophers Cause

The first and most obvious problem gophers cause is the holes and tunnels they dig around properties. Although harmless at first glance, these visible eyesores are a serious threat to healthy grass and plant growth. First, their tunnels threaten the integrity of yards, often resulting in collapses and cave-ins, leaving ugly trenches followed by trails of dead grass. In addition to this, gophers also damage plant growth by chewing on root systems, severing stems, and munching on other things they shouldn’t.

Some Simple Tips To Deter Gophers

Gophers are tricky pests to deter from properties. The best way to reduce your chances of having trouble with these pests is to limit their access to food and water. Here are some practical prevention tips our experts recommend:

  • Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures around your property.
  • Eliminate sources of water buildup around your property.
  • Install a fence around your yard and garden areas.
  • Install aluminum sheeting or wire mesh underground around shrubs and garden areas.
  • Use plastic netting to protect freshly planted seedlings.
  • Used raised plant boxes for gardening.

One Sure-Fire Way To Remove Gophers From Your Property

If you see gophers or the damage they cause around your East County San Diego yard, do not hesitate to get a professional involved. At Lockwood Pest Control, we understand how problematic these tunneling pests are and offer detailed and effective services to get them off your property quickly.

Call us today to find out more about our gopher control and schedule your yard for a thorough inspection.

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