Pocket Gophers

What are pocket gophers?

Pocket gophers are medium-sized, burrowing rodents. Pocket gophers got their name from the fur-lined pouches that are located outside their mouths that they use to carry food and nesting materials. Adult pocket gophers grow to between 6 and 13 inches long. Their fur can be black, brown, or nearly white in color. They have short, hairless tails, small eyes and ears, and highly sensitive facial whiskers.
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Appearance
Pocket gophers have short necks, small flattened heads, and strong front legs with large claws. Their powerful front quarters have been perfectly developed to meet the rigorous demands of their digging and tunneling lifestyle. Their large four front incisors are always visible and also help them dig. Their lips are specially designed to close behind their 4 large front incisors to keep dirt out of their mouth.

Dirt Mounds
The best way to identify pocket gophers is by their dirt mounds. They create mounds of dirt as they dig their tunnels and push loose dirt to the surface. Pocket gopher mounds are usually horseshoe or crescent-shaped with a plugged hole off to the side. Pocket gophers have the ability to create several of these mounds a day.

Are pocket gophers dangerous?

Pocket gophers are not dangerous to people. In fact, these rodents spend most of their time in their underground burrows and rarely ever make contact with people. However, pocket gophers are considered to be dangerous due to the amount of damage they can inflict by burrowing into lawns, gardens, and farmlands and causing damage to grass, trees, and plants. To help you grasp just how much damage these creatures can cause, know that a single pocket gopher has the potential to move over 2,000 pounds of dirt a year! Pocket gophers can also damage underground wires, cables, pipes, and sprinkler systems. In addition, the mounds of dirt that they create each day are unsightly and can make mowing and basic lawn care a difficult process.

Why do I have a pocket gopher problem?

The unfortunate truth is that you are more than likely experiencing problems with pocket gophers because your lawn is healthy and well-maintained. These burrowing rodents are attracted to properties with loose, moist soil that they can easily dig through and have plenty of healthy vegetation to feed on. They are herbivores and eat a variety of vegetation, including grasses, dandelions, bulbs, shrubs, trees, and roots.

Where will I find pocket gophers?

Gophers don’t hibernate and are active year-round, especially in the spring and fall when food sources are at their peak. Pocket gophers can be found tunneling through residential lawns, crop fields, gardens, golf courses, and parks. They most commonly feed on the roots and other portions of the plants they find while digging. However, from time to time, pocket gophers will emerge from their underground tunnels to feed, remaining close to their tunnel opening.

How do I get rid of pocket gophers?

Partner with a trusted pest control expert to control pocket gophers. At All Clear Pest Control, we offer family-friendly and eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control services to quickly resolve your Arizona property’s pocket gopher problem. Our trained technicians provide the inspection, treatment, and preventative services needed to eliminate pocket gophers and to stop their return. For a free estimate, or to learn more about our pocket gopher control services, reach out to us!

How can I prevent pocket gophers in the future?

Preventing problems with ground-dwelling pocket gophers is difficult because they live, breed, and feed outdoors. The best solution to a pocket gopher infestation is fast action. The moment you see a horseshoe-shaped mound of dirt on your lawn, contact a pest professional. At All Clear Pest Control, we will quickly come to your aid, identify the intruder, and provide the services needed to get rid of these pests and preserve your lawn!

 

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