As a medium-sized rodent that lives in the ground, gophers have a bad reputation for being difficult pests. Here's what San Diego homeowners should know about whether you have gophers in your yard, what attracts them, the damage they cause, and how gopher control can work with pest control in San Diego.
Do You Have Gophers In Your Yard?
You may not spot gophers while they're causing issues or destruction to your lawn, but you can see evidence of their destruction if you look carefully. There are two major ways to tell that a gopher has taken up residence in your San Diego lawn, damaged vegetation and dirt mounds.
If there seems to be random or sudden damage to your garden and vegetation, a gopher could be the culprit. This is especially true when gophers venture over from someone else's lawn, and some of your plants seem to disappear or become damaged within days. Gophers dig tunnels into the ground and usually eat plants from the roots up. Larger plants may have damage near the roots, while small plants completely disappear when gophers pull them into their tunnels. Along with eating plants from their tunnels, gophers may sometimes forage for vegetation above ground too. You may notice chewing and gnawing in plants and even small trees, where gophers have decided to take a few bites.
In addition to damaged or lost vegetation, another major sign of gophers is dirt mounds. This is usually one of the first signs of a gopher problem, and you may even notice it before damaged vegetation. When they're building tunnels, gophers will get rid of the excess soil by letting it pile aboveground. Dirt mounds can vary in shape, with more active mounds looking fan-shaped and older mounds being round or oval-shaped.
What Attracts Gophers To Your Yard?
The biggest attraction for gophers is a food source. Since they like to eat vegetation like potatoes, carrots, radishes, and the roots of shrubs and certain types of flowers, homes with rich gardens and vegetation are more susceptible to gophers. Even if you don't have a lot of vegetation in your yard, gophers may still use trees, bushes, and grass on your property as a food source.
Besides food, some other gopher attractions include soil composition and shelter. Because they live underground, gophers have an easier time creating tunnels if the soil is loose and sandy. Homes with sandy soil may attract more gophers, while houses surrounded by clay or other hard-to-move soils may not. Generally, the healthier your lawn is, the more attractive it is to potential gophers.
Homes with bushes, trees, or fence lines could also become a convenient shelter for gophers. More than just food, gophers need protection from potential predators and may take shelter under a fence or tree if your home is nearby.
Can Gophers Cause Irreparable Damage To Your Lawn?
Unlike some rodents, gophers aren't social creatures, so you're more likely to deal with one or two gophers at a time than an entire infestation. However, even just a single gopher can cause plenty of damage to your lawn.
A gopher tunnel could be as much as six feet deep, and they may create multiple dirt mounds on your lawn. These tunnels can be difficult to fix and may make it challenging to mow or maintain your landscaping.
Depending on where they dig, gophers could also damage underground pipes or cables with all their chewing, which could end up costing you big money in repairs.
Beyond underground damage, gophers can also cause irreparable damage to your beautiful garden. Plants that you've been growing for years could disappear in a gopher meal – and the presence of these pests could make it challenging to regrow your garden or some of your beautiful plants.
What Is The Best Way To Keep Gophers Away?
The best gopher control method is working with a professional pest control company like Habitat Protection. With more than 30 years of gopher and mole control experience, we can humanely remove any gophers destroying your lawn and provide treatment to keep them away.
If you are seeing evidence of gophers around your San Diego yard, there's no reason to keep letting them cause destruction to your property. Contact us today at Habitat Protection to learn more about how gopher control near me can ensure these pests don't cause more damage to your lawn.
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