Gopher Extermination Service

Gophers spend most of their time underground, where they build intricate tunnel networks to shelter themselves from predators such as snakes and other wildlife. Due to their constant digging, the soil's fertility improves, which is why gophers are sometimes considered beneficial for the environment. Their tunneling activities aerate the soil, promoting better water infiltration and root growth, and they help in the natural process of soil mixing, bringing subsoil to the surface and burying organic matter.

However, when a large number of gophers congregate near man-made structures, they may cause serious damage. Gophers, recognizable by their large frontal teeth, can be a nuisance to homeowners. These rodents have been known to destroy landscaping and gardens, uprooting plants, flowers, and vegetables in their search for food. Their extensive burrow systems can also undermine the stability of lawns and gardens, creating unsightly mounds of soil and causing the ground to become uneven.

Gophers can cause significant damage to wood structures, including decks, fences, and even the foundations of buildings. Their constant gnawing and burrowing can weaken these structures, leading to costly repairs and potential safety hazards. Gophers may also chew through irrigation lines and utility cables, causing further damage and disruption to property owners.

Controlling gopher populations near residential areas is essential to preventing damage. Effective gopher management typically involves a combination of methods, including trapping, baiting, and habitat modification. We can provide tailored solutions to address gopher infestations and prevent their return.

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How To Identify Gopher Presence In Your Yard

Gophers are excellent diggers, with a single gopher capable of claiming up to 2,000 square feet of a property. Their extensive tunnel networks can range from just a few inches beneath the ground to as deep as roughly 6 feet. These tunnels serve multiple purposes, including shelter, food storage, and as escape routes from predators. When gophers dig holes, the extra soil is dumped over the ground in the shape of a mound. This soil displacement results from their unique digging technique, where they dig at an angle and fling the residual soil behind them as they proceed, creating distinctive crescent-shaped gopher mounds. These mounds are a telltale sign of gopher activity.

Gophers will often fill the entrance of their burrows with a plug of earth to conceal the entrance and protect themselves from predators. Newer dirt mounds, created by recent digging activity, will have a dark, loose texture due to the freshly excavated soil. In contrast, older mounds will be lighter in color and more compressed as the soil settles and weathers over time. Gopher burrowing activities can also disrupt the root systems of plants, leading to the destruction of lawns, gardens, and crops. The loss of plant roots can cause vegetation to wilt and die, resulting in frustration for gardeners.


What To Expect From Southland's Gopher Control Service

When you book an inspection with our gopher control professional, you can expect straightforward guidance and tried-and-tested techniques to eliminate pocket gophers from your property. Our process begins with a thorough inspection to accurately determine the presence and extent of gopher activity. To do this, we dig open gopher tunnels and wait for them to be repaired, a surefire sign of active burrows. This method helps us identify the main areas of gopher activity and plan our trapping strategy effectively.

Once we are certain of the gophers' presence and have mapped out their tunnel networks, we place traps throughout the tunnels to catch the gophers before they can repopulate. We strategically position traps at key points within the tunnel systems to maximize the likelihood of capturing the gophers quickly and efficiently.

One of the key advantages of our gopher control approach is that we do not use any harmful chemicals or poisons. This is particularly important for properties with crops, gardens, or pets, as chemical methods can cause collateral damage. Poisons can contaminate the soil and water, potentially harming plants and other wildlife. They can also pose a significant risk to pets and non-target animals that might come into contact with the toxins.

Our non-chemical approach also aligns with sustainable pest control practices, promoting a healthier ecosystem. Trapping gophers allows us to address the immediate problem while minimizing the impact on other wildlife and maintaining the natural balance of your landscape. Additionally, our techniques help prevent the recurrence of gopher infestations by targeting the specific areas where gophers are most active.

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Why Choose Southland?

Getting rid of gophers on your property is a job that demands specialized knowledge and equipment. Our technicians are wildlife conservation specialists who provide gopher control services to residential and commercial property owners. Our team is equipped with the skills and expertise needed to handle gopher infestations effectively, ensuring the well-being of your property.

Our technicians undergo the industry's most advanced wildlife management training to deliver quality results for every client. This rigorous training program covers all aspects of gopher behavior, ecology, and control methods, ensuring that our team is well-prepared to tackle any gopher-related challenges.

When you choose our gopher control services, you can expect expert guidance and a complete explanation of your treatment options. Our technicians will conduct a thorough assessment of your property, identifying the extent of the gopher infestation and determining the most effective course of action. We will explain each step of the process, from initial inspection to trapping and prevention, ensuring that you are fully informed and comfortable with the treatment plan.

Our crewmembers are properly licensed and adhere to all federal and state rules and regulations governing wildlife control. This compliance ensures that our methods are not only effective but also legal and ethical. We stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards and best practices, continually refining our techniques to provide the highest level of service.

We pride ourselves on our dedication to customer satisfaction. We understand that dealing with a gopher infestation can be stressful and disruptive, and we strive to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Our team is committed to delivering prompt, reliable, and courteous service, addressing any concerns you may have and providing ongoing support to ensure the long-term success of our control measures.

Our gopher control services are designed to address both the immediate infestation and prevent future occurrences. We use a combination of trapping, habitat modification, and preventive measures to create a comprehensive and effective solution. By targeting the root causes of the infestation and implementing proactive strategies, we help you maintain a gopher-free environment and protect your property from further damage.