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Pasadena Gopher Extermination

Pasadena | GOPHER CONTROL

Pasadena , CA has a pesky rodent needing to removed – Pocket Gophers. Gophers are small animals who burrow they get their name “pocket gopher” for the fur-lined, outside cheek pouches, or pockets, that are used to transport nesting materials and food. Gophers are  built for burrowing through your grass with their claws and body shape.

Pasadena , CA GOPHER CONTROL | IDENTIFICATION

                                                                    Gopher mound pictured here shows normal gopher evidence

The most common rodent in Pasadena , CA is the Botta’s pocket gopher, T. bottae. Normally they are six to ten inches long and remain under ground in their tunnel system. Every now and then you will notice them above ground for a quick second to get some nutrients then they go  back into their tunnel entrance.

Mounds with dark fresh soil on your residence are a common sign of a gopher’s existance on the residence and that you need gopher control service. Gophers make hills as they dig tunnels. When you look at  the rodent mounds you will see they are crescent shaped. The hole, which is in front of the mound, is normally filled in.

gopher control is required because a gopher can make one to five hills throughout the day on your home. In dry areas, mound building is most noticed during spring or fall when the dirt is moist and easier to tunnel. In well watered turf, flower beds, and gardens, digging conditions usually are best all year, and mounds can appear at any time.

Pasadena Gopher Control| BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR

Gophers live in thin tunnels. The tunnels are about two to three and a half inches in diameter. Main burrows normally are four to twelve inches below ground, and the nest and food storage room can be as deep as six feet down. A gopher will close any holes leading in to the tunnel system with soil. sloped burrows connect the primary tunnel system to the surface.

Pasadena Gopher Control is essential because gophers don’t hibernate and they can do damage all year. Gophers can be seen throughout the day and night.

An interesting fact about gophers is that they are solitary animals. Only when females are raising their pups or during breeding time are they together. Gophers can start breeding near one year of age and can live around three years. Gophers will typically mate three times a year and can have five to six pups per liter  which is around fifteen to eighteen new gophers in a year. Which is why gopher control is so necessary to get as soon as you notice the first mound.

Pasadena pocket gophers feed on a vast variation of plants but generally prefer tree roots, plants and shrubs. Gophers have a great sense of smell that they use to find plants. A well-known diet for gophers to eat are the roots they find when tunneling. Sometimes they feed above-ground close to their hole. These are called “feeder holes.” Gophers can pull plants from your property into their burrow.  Achieving gopher control as soon as possible can reduce this loss.

Pasadena Gopher Control | DAMAGE

Gophers will damage yards, gardens, crops, plants, grapevines, and trees. One gopher chewing on a garden row can create a lot of damage fast. Pocket gophers can chew on and break plastic water and sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can absorb and channel irrigation water, which can lead to soil erosion issues. Gopher mounds are unsightly and can suffocate  grass, so fast gopher control is required.

Pasadena Gopher Control | LEGAL STATUS

California Department of Fish and Game has classified gophers as a non game rodent. If you are the owner or tenant of the property and find gophers that are effecting your property you can control these pests at any time and with any legal manner.

Pasadena , CA Gopher Control | MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

To successfully control pocket gophers in Pasadena , the faster you detect their presence and take gopher control measures the better. We typically control pocket gophers in lawns and gardens either by trapping or using baits. Poisons used by Rodent Guys are restricted materials only available to licensed pest control operators and are highly effective. If digging dogs are present that are likely to ingest a poisoned gopher then trapping is a method you should consider.

We will look over your garden and discuss the available gopher control options. Together we will come up with the best method of gopher control which we will put into action.

Gopher traps are safe and great at controlling the gopher population on your garden. Rodent Guys will set traps and revisit the property to check the traps, and if needed reset the gopher traps and remove any rodents that were caught. A 60-day guarantee comes with gopher control service. If a customer notices any new activity in their lawn they can call Rodent Guys and a technician will come out and will retreat the area until gophers are no longer appearing as long as its within the 60-day guarantee.

Pasadena Gopher Control | RODENT GUYS

       Nick Nielsen (owner) with his catch of the day

Call Rodent Guys today to take care of your gopher control problems or email us with any questions or our blog.

Pasadena Gopher Control

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_gopher

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