While gophers may be cute to some, property owners know that these rodents can cause serious damage. Gophers are prevalent across most of North American and can even create big problems in Arizona homes and businesses.
Thankfully through years of experience, we’ve gained expertise on gophers and how to handle an infestation properly and efficiently.
Types of Gophers in Arizona
There are three species of gopher in Arizona, the most common of those being the Valley Pocket Gopher. These gophers measure up to 14 inches in length and have fine brown fur. They are often mistaken for groundhogs but are actually a bit smaller.
Gophers build tunnels underground that can reach up to 200 yards that allow them space to build their home, provide protection against predators, and best forage for food.
The exits to these tunnels leave unsightly mounds of dirt and uneven surfaces all over the yard creating tripping hazards and ruining the lawn. These underground tunnels can also damage underground powerlines or waterlines. Gophers feeding on plants and shrubs can wither plants and ruin landscaping.
What Attracts Gophers
When looking to build their home, gophers look for places that have moist, cool dirt and ample food sources such as insects, roots, grass, herbs, and other greenery. Places like farms, orchards, gardens, or lush landscaping are ideal.
Though there are products on the market to help prevent a gopher infestation, the most effective and safe solution is to call a gopher control expert. Installing underground mesh is one way you can prevent gophers from getting into your yard or garden, however, in some cases, gophers are able to burrow through it.
There are repellents and sprays that can help repel gophers from your yard, but if you already have an established gopher problem, these rarely work. Some people try flooding the tunnels, but unfortunately, this isn’t effective. Not only does it waste water, but it could make the soil even more attractive to the gophers once the flood settles.
Gophers can bite if they feel threatened, so bringing in professionals for gopher control is highly recommended.
With SOS Exterminating you’ll receive quick, safe, and effective help with your gopher control problem. At your appointment, one of our expert technicians will inspect your lawn, the extent of the damage, and the severity of the infestation. After, they put together a treatment plan customized to your situation and preferences so you can bring control back to your property.
Trust the Professionals
If you find yourself with a known gopher control problem, let the experts at SOS Exterminating help. We have decades of experience serving the community and can help you get control of your property. Contact us today to learn more or fill out a form for a quote to help with gophers, or any other pest, on your property.