Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers will burrow beneath your garden crops, ornamental plants and other herbaceous shrubs, trees and vines, feeding on the roots and the plant’s below-ground fleshy parts as they dig.


What to
look for

If you notice crescent shaped mounds of soil all over your garden you know you have a pocket gopher problem. Pocket gophers (commonly called moles) cause havoc in pastures and farmland throughout much of Alberta. A single pocket gopher can destroy your garden in a very short time so it is good to take action as soon as you notice its presence.Their extensive burrow systems can extend up to 2,000 square feet and they are often active even during the winter when they burrow beneath the snow. It is the soil from the burrows that is deposited in mounds above ground and one single pocket gopher may make as many as fifty mounds a year, making it difficult to mow your lawn
and certainly ruining its smooth green look! Pocket gophers may even chew through your plastic hoses and lawn sprinkler equipment and their burrows can drain off irrigation water and lead to soil erosion.

identify a pocket

Gophers weigh around 0.5 pounds (230 g), and are about 6–8 inches (150–200 mm) long in body length, with a tail 1–2 inches (25–51 mm) long. A few species reach weights approaching 1 kg (2.2 lb). Within any species, the males are larger than the females and can be nearly double their weight.

Their lifespan is normally one to three yearsThe maximum life span for the pocket gopher is approximately five years. 

Most gophers have brown fur that often closely matches the color of the soil in which they live. Their most characteristic features are their large cheek pouches, from which the word “pocket” in their name derives. These pouches are fur-lined, and can be turned inside out. They extend from the side of the mouth well back onto the shoulders. They have small eyes and a short, hairy tail, which they use to feel around tunnels when they walk backwards.


If you have pocket gophers it would be best to call us right away as females can produce up to three litters of 5-6 young per year. In residential settings we usually find just one pocket gopher per group of mounds. On acreages anything from four to seven gophers are common. Our service consists of first locating the main burrow before trapping and eliminating the pocket gopher.
Quick service and follow through, ridding my acreage of pocket gophers.

Peregrine General Pest Control has been keeping my place as pocket-gopher free as possible.
They are courteous, quick to respond to your needs, and thorough.
I would heartily recommend them.

Frances H.Calgary
Huge help

Had voles last year and a pocket gopher that moved in due to expanding suburbia. Called many for quotes but Marilyn was the first and only one to take the time to help me figure out what the problem really was and how to deal with it. Chuck came out and helped me understand how the critters live and how to prevent their return… Huge help as i was stressed about my plants,kids and using traps around kids. in case next year my garden looks better than the mud hill behind me, I will call them again if I have problems but I’m sure that with such thorough work from chuck, we will be fine. Thanks guys!

Lori R.Calgary

So far, service has been exceptional. They have set multiple traps for the pocket gophers that decided to make our yard their next home. Service is prompt, reliable and friendly. They take the time to explain things to you which appears to be rare these days. I highly recommend them.

Christy NelsonCalgary
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