What Does Gopher Damage Look Like?
February 12, 2019
Often mistaken for moles, gophers are medium-sized rodents that feed on grass, roots, and bulbs, while moles feed on grubs and worms. Gophers are light brown to dark brown with a slightly lighter colored underbelly. Their ears are small and their tail is hairless. The cheeks of a gopher have fur-lined external pouches that are used to carry food. Of all the pests to damage lawns, gophers are among the least social, which means they won’t come in large numbers as some pests do. However, it doesn’t take many of them to ruin a lawn! A single gopher can severely damage a lawn.
Another important fact you should know about gophers is they don’t hibernate. They remain active all winter, digging deeper into the ground with cooler weather, allowing them to escape frost. This means that gophers can easily find their way onto your property at any time of year. They can remain active through the winter months, doing damage deep under your lawn without you being aware. It’s important to know what gopher damage looks like in order to stop them before they ruin your lawn.
Because of their diet, gophers are capable of damaging lawns, golf courses, and any other grassy areas. Unfortunately, the healthier the lawn the more attractive it is to these rodents. Gophers have powerful front legs they use for digging and tunneling to find their food. These tunnels range anywhere from just below the surface to around 6 feet deep. Their digging results in horseshoe-shaped mounds of dirt around your yard. The shape sets them apart from other lawn pests. Moles will leave more symmetrical, uniform-shaped mounds and will leave behind raised ridges. Gophers will also “plug” a hole when they’re done using it by filling it with dirt
On top of the mounds, which create problems while trying to mow, gophers will also leave other damage. Weak areas and patches of dead grass in your lawn are signature damage left behind by these pests, ruining the hard work you’ve put into your beautiful lawn. Some areas may even cave in due to the tunneling below. Gardens, crops, fields, and saplings are all at risk for being harmed when gophers are around. Even underground pipes and cables are in danger because of their chewing!
Montgomery Exterminating can provide pest control solutions for both gophers and moles. Our technicians will inspect your lawn and determine what you’re dealing with and the amount of damage they’ve done. The treatment technique will vary depending on how severe the infestation is. If you’re tired of fighting off lawn pests, contact Montgomery Exterminating today. Let our technicians take care of the problem for you. We’ll also provide follow-up care to maintain a pest-free lawn!