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Control of Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers are small, light brown rodents that dig tunnels in sandy soils. They are most active in spring and fall. These creatures are almost never seen aboveground, but you might notice large piles of dirt from the tunnels they dig.

In natural settings, gopher tunneling is beneficial. But in your yard, these tunnels may hurt lawngrass, and the gophers may feed on the roots or tubers of ornamental or vegetable plants.

Trapping is the most effective way to control gophers that invade your yard. You may legally trap gophers without a permit, but you may not poison them.

Gophers can be excluded from small areas such as gardens and flower beds with underground fences.

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