How to Effectively Keep Gophers Off Your Ontario Property

January 15, 2022

Gophers can give Ontario homeowners no small amount of grief. These little rodents love to burrow underground. That wouldn’t usually be a problem, except a gopher infestation on your property can fill your lawn with holes that aren’t just ugly but can pose a danger as well. Many a twisted ankle was the result of a well-concealed gopher hole.

Unfortunately, since these rodents don’t typically come inside your home, it can make gopher control all that much harder. It’s tougher to keep gophers away from your property because you can’t wall them off as you can indoors. But there are still some things you can do.

a gopher inside a hold in the ground

Little Rodents Everywhere

Like we said above, gophers are rodents, just like rats and mice. However, gophers live a lot like moles do because they spend most of their time underground. Gophers create an extensive network of tunnels underground to protect themselves from predators and store food. They use cheek pouches to transport food from above ground to their subterranean homes. This is why they’re also called “pocket gophers.”

These underground rodents eat anything from shrub roots to root vegetables and even juicy veggies and fruits. If you have a veggie garden, gophers may move onto your property to take advantage of that.

Dangers Of Gophers

Gopher control is more important than you might think. Gophers don’t just dig ugly, annoying holes in your yard. They can destroy all the vegetation on your property, denude the soil, and spread dangerous diseases.

One of the main staples of the gopher diet is plant roots. So a sizeable gopher infestation can eventually kill all the grass and shrubs in your lawn as these underground rodents eat away their root systems. Once your lawn dies off, the soil beneath it is laid bare. The bare soil is subject to erosion and instability, and it can also become a flooded mudhole in rainy weather.

Gophers can also spread a plethora of different diseases. Just like rats and mice, gophers can carry the plague, hantavirus, leptospirosis, and more. Gophers can also spread other infestations to your property and pets. As wild animals, gophers often carry infestations of their own, including fleas, ticks, mites, and worms. When they infest your property, they can spread these pests to your pets and maybe even your home itself. This can expose you to dangerous tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 

Gopher Control Methods

It’s a lot easier to prevent gophers than it is to get rid of them once they’re dug in. So prevention needs to be the first item on your do-it-yourself (DIY) gopher control list. There are a few things you can do on your own to prevent infestation:

  • Plant strong-smelling herbs and flowers like peppermint, sage, thyme, and other repellant plants.
  • Use subterranean barriers such as underground fencing or mesh wire. Be sure you’re burying it at least 18 inches deep.
  • Treat your yard with repellant granules or strong-smelling things like coffee grounds. 

Unfortunately, if you wind up with a gopher infestation, DIY gopher control is not easy. Amateur gopher control methods are usually ineffective at getting to the root of the problem. Not only are DIY methods frequently unsuccessful, but they can also be dangerous, as pets and kids can get into gopher poisons and traps.

Here at EarlyBird Extermination, our home pest control methods are safe for pets and people, and they’re also effective enough to ensure your property remains gopher-free. So give us a call or visit our contact page to schedule your inspection today!

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