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Gophers have a ravenous appetite for roots and tubers — along with just about any plants growing above ground. All it takes is one or two gophers to wreak complete havoc on your property. Luckily, there's a variety of ways to repel gophers from your property. By using a combination of these methods, you can experience the best results.
Targeting gophers where they are active is most important to your repelling strategy. Gophers rarely ever stray from their underground tunnel systems, so the best way to reach them is to seek these out:
Signs of gopher damage include:
The best gopher repellents target their most important senses used for survival - smell and touch - to make your property uncomfortable and inhabitable. The more senses you disturb, the better results you’re likely to see.
Best Used For: Coating your vegetation with an overwhelming odor and spoiled taste that stops feeding in your yard. Castor oil repellents protect your plants from damage and send gophers seeking food elsewhere.
Best Used For: Sending tiny vibrations throughout the ground to which gophers are extremely sensitive. Pulsating vibrations emited by ultrasonic repellents alert gophers to danger and drive them away to find a safer place to live.
Apply or install your repellents as close to gopher tunnels as possible. It’s critical to the functionality and safety of your gopher repellents that they’re applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Important steps include:
Gopher repellents work best when applied in or near a tunnel system.
Gophers often create several mounds in a row, so drawing a line between two or more gopher mounds may help you determine a tunnel’s path.
Tunnel systems can cover up to 700 square yards of land, so it’s important to identify as many excavated areas as possible and apply repellents to each.
Maintain a persistent gopher repelling regimen even after they’re gone in an effort to keep gophers out of your yard for good.
When dealing with widespread applications of mole repelling granules, using a fertilizer or granule spreader is recommended.
Additional precautions can help you maintain a gopher-free yard. Read How to Get Rid of Gophers to learn more.