Master Gardener: How to get gophers out of your yard – Press-Enterprise


Q: I have gophers in my yard. How do I get rid of them?

A: As a master gardener, I think this is the most commonly-asked question at our “Ask a Master Gardener” information table.

Gophers are tricky to eliminate. If you have a single gopher digging in a flat part of your yard, you can use a garden hose to flood him out of his hole. If you have a more extensive problem, you can use either a Macabee or Black Hole trap. Locate the main tunnel by probing the ground near the pile of pulverized dirt. Use a hand trowel to dig out and expose a one- or two-foot section of tunnel. Set two traps and place them back-to-back into the tunnel. If you are using Macabee traps, secure them to a stake or other stable object with a 2-3-foot-long piece of twine. This prevents an injured gopher from walking away with your trap.

Place a board over your hole and wait. If you are lucky, you will trap one within a few hours. Don’t forget to check your traps regularly. If you forget for a day or two, you will have a disgusting mess in your trap. With practice, you will become an expert at trapping gophers.



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