Pocket gophers are the most common species of gopher in Arizona. They have cheek pouches for carrying food and can be anywhere from 5 to 14 inches long. Gophers have short fur, small ears and can vary in color depending on the soil type in the area they inhabit.
While gophers are found across much of the US, southern pocket gophers are found in Arizona. They prefer loose soil but can be found in a wide variety of areas from deserts to forests. Fields of crops and backyard lawns are also popular habitats for gophers.
If you see mounds of loose soil in your yard, or find holes in your lawn, get in touch with Davis Pest Control. Dying plants or small plants pulled down into the earth are also signs you may have gophers in your yard.
Do you have gophers or moles in your yard? Moles create mounds of earth when they dig tunnels, while gophers leave a crescent or fan-shaped pile of dirt behind. Moles are much smaller than gophers and while pocket gophers are common in Arizona, moles are not likely to be found in the state.
While not usually aggressive towards humans, gophers can bite if cornered and may carry the threat of rabies as well as ticks and fleas. They are more dangerous to your plants, lawn and home, however, and also have the potential to gnaw through underground cables, wiring, and watering lines.
There are some natural remedies you can try to deter or get rid of gophers from your yard but the most effective way is to contact a professional pest control company. Davis Pest Control offers comprehensive gopher control and removal in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Florence and Coolidge, AZ. Call us today for our affordable pest services.
If you’re landscaping a new garden, consider installing galvanized gopher wire under the lawn and plants to stop gophers tunneling through. This isn’t always effective but may act as a deterrent. It only lasts for a few years, however, and may also restrict plant growth.
Unfortunately, gophers can easily go over, under or around most deterrent methods. Calling a professional pest management company like Davis Pest Control is the easiest, most effective way to get rid of gophers.