In truth, moles and gophers create massive underground tunneling systems that can potentially damage drainage systems, damage PVC piping, and destroy underground cabling systems. There are methods on how to kill gophers and moles, but there are helpful ways to getting rid of them naturally.
Moles are small round creatures with long flat noses and five finger-like appendages on each small arm. However, they are so tricky that you may not ever be able to spot them.
So look for the holes that they dig-they are usually tiny holes, and leave mounds of dirt strewn all over. These mounds are usually a few inches high and are shaped like miniature volcanoes.
There are traps to catch these creatures without killing them, in which case they can be relocated far away from where they will no longer bother your garden.
However, there are other mole traps and poisons that will kill them outright, and guarantee that you will not have a continuing mole problem.
Gophers are very similar to moles in that they dig underground tunnels, leaving mounds of dirt on your lawn, and can disrupt the root system of your plants, grass, and trees.
They even look almost the same as moles; though they are usually a little longer, thinner and lighter colored, it is very difficult to tell them apart.
So again, look to their dirt mounds to tell which kind of pest it is. Gopher mounds are less high and are usually fan-shaped or horse-shoe shaped. The ways to get rid of them are also similar-with traps or poison.
If you feel like mole and gopher traps and poison are inhumane, you can also apply something called a milky spore disease that will kill worms and other insects, which are your pests’ food supply.
Once they no longer have food, they will leave your property alone. However, most garden and lawn owners simply feel it is more convenient to buy the variety of mole and gopher traps available, to have your landscape looking beautiful again.
Listed below are a few different methods on preventing gophers and moles from your yard:
- Baiting – Many people use poison to bait these critters. Poison is often used in the form of strychnine-laced barley. These pellets are placed into the underground tunnels for the yard moles and gophers to eat.
- Trapping – Trapping is a very common way to catch gophers and yard moles. It can be quite a time consuming but well worth it in the long run. It is also nice to be able to see your results and know that you have caught the little pests. Traps are also fairly inexpensive.
- Fumigating – Gas bombs are also very common ways to get rid of gophers and yard moles. Holes are dug into the tunneling systems and small ignitable gas bombs are placed into the tunnel. The hole to the tunnel is then covered up again with dirt.
- Flooding – To use this method, a hole is dug down into the tunneling system and a hose is pushed through. The water is then turned on and left on for at least 15 minutes to hopefully flood out the yard moles and gophers.