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Getting rid of gophers in the garden, and other pests

By Sylvia Lambert Subscribe to RSS | March 15th 2012 | Views:
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Operating in the Orange County, Riverside and Los Angeles areas Wheelers pest control is expert at Gopher Control as one of the many species of pests it specializes in eliminating from their client's homes. Gophers are a particularly nasty infestation to have as they are burrowing rodents that live of the roots and tubers they encounter while burrowing.

It is always best to get rid of them when they first appear as if a colony, later to become a gopher town was to develop you might se your, and your neighbor's gardens becoming a desert as the plants die off.

Some information concerning gophers; there are over 100 different species in the United States. All of them have similar characteristics in that they are burrowing animals. They are a rodent and one animal can make an area of up to 2000 square foot into as desert by eating all the roots in its continual tunneling just below the surface. They live for up to three years and are active that whole time.

The most common garden pest is actually the pocket gopher which is a long sleek animal weighing about half a pound and can be as big as 15 inches long in the body, it also has a tail which adds another 7inches. However in California the most common are about half that size and usually stay underground although may sometimes be seen on the edge of their burrow or pushing dirt out. They may also be seen migrating to a new area.

You will know that you have one when little mounds of fresh earth start to get pushed up all over your garden. As soon as you see this it is the time to call in the gopher control people. It is always easier to deal with it when there is only one or two tunnels and it is just starting to dig itself in. If you leave it will not go away and will spread as it, and later they steadily destroy you garden by eating the plants from beneath. Just one gopher can create 5 or six mounds in a day.

There are a few common ways to control gophers; by trapping, baiting or gassing. In order to trap a gopher probe is used to locate the main burrow and then the traps are set in the tunnels leading to the burrow. Normally bait is not necessary but there are occasions when a bated trap is more effective.

Another method is fumigation. But this method is not very effective as the gopher rapidly closes the tunnel behind it if it detects smoke or gas. As professional pest controllers however Wheelers has access to Aluminium phosphide which has been found to be effective.

Gophers are just one of the many pests that are part of the professional expertise of this pest control company. So if you are having any sort of out of the ordinary pest problem consider calling in the experts at eliminating many form of household problems.

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Gopher Control is just one of the many pests that are specialties of this Orange County firm

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