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What are the Hazards Gophers Pose to Southern California Properties

By Jenifer Mack Subscribe to RSS | June 3rd 2012 | Views:

There are a number of hazards that California property owners face when it comes to gophers. Some of these hazards are just nuisance issues, but many others can be very serious if left unchecked. When these pests are discovered on the property, the owner must consider bringing in professional Gopher Control services.

In terms of the minor hazards that these rodent create on a person's property would be the mounds of dirt that they leave behind at their entrance and exit holes. These mounds can create problems when they become too high, are left in areas that were landscaped for appearance reasons, or are left in areas where they can interfere with machinery such as lawn mowers.

In terms of major hazards that these pests can create, there are several. One of the most damaging conditions that gophers leave behind as they burrow is weakened ground surface. It only makes sense that as they burrow and remove the substructure of the ground that the surface will become weaker. One of the more insidious issues associated with this ground weakening is that the area affected is often not visible on the surface. Weakened ground has resulted in countless injuries as humans and animals have stepped onto these areas and fallen through the ground surface, resulting in sprained and broken ankles, feet, and legs. Some of these unforeseen injuries have been minor, but many others have been severe enough to cause the person to have to go to the hospital and many livestock animals have had to be put down because of their injuries.

Whether the injury happens to a human or to an animal, the costs can be high, not to mention the pain and suffering that comes about from these types of injuries. The only way to prevent these accidents from happening is to call in the professional services of a company that is knowledgeable in gopher control techniques.

Another hazard that property owners can face when effective gopher control methods are not employed concerns crops and gardens. These pests are known to be aggressive burrowing rodents. It is not uncommon for them to burrow through hundreds of square feet of acreage. As they do this, they may come upon a crop or garden. When this happens, they will begin to devour the root system of the crop or garden. Of course, this can result in the loss of the crop or garden as the roots are destroyed. Many farmers and gardeners have experienced complete loss of the produce because of this underground feeding frenzy. It is important to understand that once they find a food source, they will not leave it until they have eaten everything or until the services of a professional gopher control company are brought in to get rid of the problem

If you live in Southern California and need the services of a professional gopher control company, consider working with companies such Wheeler's Pest Control. It is important to work with companies that really know what they are doing and know how to resolve this type of pest problem safely and effectively.

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