Gopher Control Phoenix
- Underground irrigation systems
- Underground Conduit
- Agricultural fields
Once pocket gophers have infested your yard they can be very destructive and you may need the help of a pest control company to remove them. It is common to find large mounds where the pocket gophers will have pushed out the dirt moved during the excavation process of creating their underground runway systems or underground burrows.
A gopher control service specialist from Anteater Exterminating Inc. is your best way to combat these pests.
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Getting Rid of Pocket Gophers
The pocket gopher will typically dig down several feet and then dig laterally to cover large distances in order to access the underground root systems of different plants for their nutritional needs. It is common to find pocket gophers burrowing along concrete curbs, sidewalks, fence lines, or even the foundation of your home.
Pocket gophers are one of several types of rodents in Phoenix and can destroy the berms in yards that retain irrigation water, causing the irrigation water to leak profusely. Pocket gophers have even been known to dig under the foundation of a house, find the bath trap, a small 12’’ x 12’’ area that is under your bathtub that is exposed to the open earth, then dig up dirt out of their hole underneath the tub and actually blow out the drywall from their efforts.
Gophers Under The House
Gophers have also been known to dig down under a house and come up under the sump-pump in a basement! They also can go under block footers, concrete walkways, or even driveways loosening the dirt to the point that it will jeopardize the structural integrity of the concrete.
Pocket gophers breed year-round, but are most active in the warmer months. The pocket gopher will have a burrow where it will give birth to 8-12pups; those pups will reach maturity in 2-3months.
Blocking the Gopher’s Underground Path
Pocket gophers are generally a neighborhood problem. If you have them, your neighbors will have them. The park next to you will have them, and even the field next to your property could have them. There is no easy way to combat them; basically, the Anteater Exterminating Inc. certified pest control technician knows the habits of gophers and where to look to find their underground paths.
Destroying Gopher Tunnels
Once a Phoenix exterminator has located their underground runways paths, he uses a special application tool to place bait in those subterranean runway tunnels. The gophers consume the bait and die. If you have a heavy gopher infestation it is common that we will have to perform an intensive treatment and then come back in 7-10 days, and then follow up again in another 7-10 days.
Regular Gopher Control Is A Must
Gophers may require that you have a regularly scheduled service. If you’re in an area having high gopher populations such as landscaped yards that have irrigation or yards that are next to fields, then you are sure to have chronic gopher problems. Having gopher services performed once a month or even twice a month may be necessary.
There really is no secret to pocket gopher control except just persistence. The pocket gophers are persistent and therefore when treating for them you will also to have to be more persistent! You consistently place bait out for them to consume; replenishing the bait in their new runway paths.
Phoenix Gophers and Your Home
Care must always be taken if you have pets that dig, such as dogs or pigs. As they may be able to dig down to the runways paths where the bait has been dispersed. Therefore if you have such a condition you should not treat pocket gophers with bait, but rather consider using traps.
Set Up A Plan to Trap Gophers
Traps are effective but require a high degree of maintenance. They have to be serviced frequently and each trap only eliminates one gopher at a time. As opposed to using bait that can be put out in 7-10 days intervals and then maybe only once a month after that. Trapping requires daily attention in the beginning and then every 3-4 days to follow up. Trapping requires scheduled an intervention for weeks then months to gain the same type of control you would have gotten if using a less frequent baiting system.
There are certain tricks that make baiting more effective. First, you have to locate the runway paths and make sure that you are deploying the bait underground. You use special application equipment where the bait cannot be dropped accidentally in the yard and is deployed from the end of the probe utilized to find the runways paths through a trap door that’s opened after the probe has been inserted into the subterranean runway path.
If you have loose soil you may want to put water around the probe to prevent soil from falling down the hole and covering the bait and then you may need to place small wads of newspaper before you cover up the hole again in an effort to not cover up the bait and make it more palatable for the pocket gopher to consume.
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In some yards in residential subdivisions, Anteater Exterminating Inc. can in some instances eliminate the pocket gopher infestations. But once again if you’re in an area that borders agricultural land, you live on horse property, or you have irrigated yards chances are gophers will be an ongoing problem you will need to contend with long-term scheduled treatments.