Eliminate Gophers With Gopher Repellent Or Other Means Of Gopher Control
The gophers have been making life difficult for me since I moved into my house. They seem to like all the crevices and corners of my property.
If they don’t see you there, then they won’t bother you. However, if they do see you there, then it’s game over!
I’ve tried everything from using a broom handle to throwing rocks at them, but nothing seems to work. I’m not sure why they’re so persistent in coming around here, but I guess it’s because they think there are other gophers living down the road or even further away.
That would explain why they’re always popping up where I live. So far, none of these methods have worked very well.
Recently, I’ve had a few ideas going through my head about how to deal with them. One idea was to use bleach and ammonia.
Another idea was to spray some kind of repellant on the ground near my fence line. A third idea involved putting up signs saying “GUN FREE ZONE” and posting a sign in front of our house stating that anyone caught shooting off guns will be shot dead on sight.
Do you think any of these ideas will work?
The first thing I thought of was to use bleach and ammonia. You see, I’ve noticed that gophers prefer to stay in clean soil to avoid bacteria and other types of germs that can cause illness. Since ammonia is a powerful cleaning agent and bleach is used to sanitize things like cutting boards in restaurants, it stands to reason that gophers would hate the smell of both chemicals.
I would use a spray bottle to apply the bleach and ammonia. I would spray the mixture around the gopher holes while also spraying some in the tunnels themselves.
I think it’s important to completely drench the soil with this stuff to ensure that it kills all of the harmful bacteria and disease. After that, I’m hoping they move away and never come back.
I also thought about buying some of that gopher repellent at Home Depot. It’s made out of castor beans and is not supposed to be harmful to people or animals.
This product can be sprayed around your yard to keep gophers away and it has proven to be very effective. There’s not much harm in trying this method since it’s pretty cheap and you just throw the rest away if it doesn’t work.
Sources & references used in this article:
Repellent trials to reduce reforestation damage by pocket gophers, deer, and elk by GW Witmer, RD Sayler, MJ Pipas – 1995 – digitalcommons.unl.edu
Integrated management tactics for predicting and alleviating pocket gopher (Thomomys spp.) damage to conifer reforestation plantings by RM Engeman, GW Witmer – Integrated Pest Management Reviews, 2000 – Springer
Reinvasion dynamics of northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides) populations in removal areas by TP Sullivan, DS Sullivan, EJ Hogue – Crop Protection, 2001 – Elsevier
Pocket gophers and reforestation in the Pacific Northwest: a problem analysis by VG Barnes – 1973 – books.google.com