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How to Identify Gopher Damage Around Your Ventura County Home


September 15, 2021

Have you ever come home from work to find a hole in your yard? You may begin to wonder what is creating those holes. One common yard pest that could be the culprit is the gopher. A close cousin to the more famous groundhog, gophers are known for the tunnels they dig and the destruction they cause to gardens and plant life across properties. The question is, how can you, as a homeowner, discern gophers over other yard-destroying pests?

gopher looking for food

Identifying Gopher Damage In Your Yard

The best way to know if gophers are infesting your lawn is to take a look at the holes they dug. If the holes have a half-crescent mound of dirt to one side of them with a plug of dirt in the center, chances are it’s a gopher hole. Unlike other yard-destroying pests, such as moles, gophers only dig holes around places they feed, such as in or around gardens.

Are Gophers Year-Round Pests?

A common question we are asked here at Ventura Pest Control is, “are gophers year-round pests?”. The answer to that question is yes. This is because the weather here in California never gets cold enough for gophers to need to hibernate. Instead, temperatures stay warm enough year-round for gophers to remain active.

Keeping Gophers Out Of Your Ventura County Yard

Gophers look for easy access to sources of food. Most often they find this on properties with unprotected gardens and edible plants. One of the hardest things with gopher prevention is finding a good way to effectively protect your plants from their foraging. Fences often do not work, as gophers can tunnel underneath. Using pesticides to keep gophers away can be just as dangerous to humans if not used properly. Gophers can be difficult to prevent and manage without help.

Let The Experts At Ventura Pest Control Help 

We have the experience and tools to safely remove gophers from your yard. Our team at Ventura Pest Control has been the local solution for unwanted pest pressures since 1959. We begin with a free inspection of your property to come up with a plan for gopher removal. Depending on your unique problem, we use the strategies: 

  • Trapping and Baiting: We identify where the gophers are burrowing and place bait directly into their traffic pattern. This will lure them into a trap. 

  • The Gopher X Machine: This innovative technology uses carbon dioxide as a weapon against gophers. It pumps CO2 into your yard which will deter these pests. 

  • Lawn Repair: After treatment, we will smooth over any lawn damage so you can enjoy your yard again.

    Regardless of the strategy used to eliminate gophers, we offer a 30-day guarantee. If you notice gophers after treatment, give us a call and we will re-treat at no extra charge.

If you want family-friendly, effective pest control, look no further than the experts at Ventura Pest Control. Call us today to learn more!

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