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Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers are sometimes referred to as moles. Moles are actually a different species and are found in the mid to southern United States. Pocket gophers are found in the northern U.S. and in Canada. Pocket gophers are a subterranean animal. They 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. Because pocket gophers dwell underground, they are not an easy pest to remove. Other burrowing wildlife can also destroy your lawns and gardens. For the right advice, remember to speak to your Peregrine pest control service technician.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Pocket gophers make a crescent-shaped mound of soil. They will dig just about anywhere, including garden beds and lawn areas. Pocket gopher mounds are usually grouped together. A single pocket gopher can destroy a garden or lawn area in a very short time. A pocket gopher’s 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. One single pocket gopher may make as many as fifty mounds a year. In a residential setting it is common to have one or two pocket gophers. However, more pocket gophers may be lurking on adjoining properties. On acreages, it is common to have ten or more pocket gophers.

How to Identify a Pocket Gopher

Pocket gophers weigh around half a pound. They are about 6–8 inches long in body length, with a tail that is 1–2 inches long. A few species reach weights approaching 1 kg. Within any species, the males are larger than the females and can be nearly double their weight. A pocket gopher’s lifespan is normally one to three years. The maximum life span for a 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 is derived. 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.

OUR SOLUTION

It is best to get started solving a pocket gopher issue as soon as possible. Female pocket gopher females can produce up to three litters of 5-6 young per year. At Peregrine, our pest control service technicians prefer using live traps to eliminate the pocket gopher. The trap looks a little bit like a boot and is placed in the entrance of the tunnel. The pocket gopher comes up to investigate the trap and, just like with a snap-trap, the pocket gopher is caught. This method is preferred at Peregrine because it is definitive. It does require more service work as compared to other pest control methods, but the result is conclusive. Other pest control methods include the use of seed bait and smoke bombs. These two choices only have about a 30% success rate. Before starting a pocket gopher program, talk to your Peregrine pest control service technician for the right advice and strategy to solve your issue the first time.

COMMON CONCERNS

How many services does it take to solve my pocket gopher issue?

At Peregrine, we expect to solve your residential pocket gopher problem in two to four services. We keep coming once every two to three days until the pocket gophers are caught. In an acreage setting, we are dealing with more pocket gophers. It can take seven or more services to solve a pocket gopher issue at an acreage.

Are the pest control tools you use dangerous for non-target animals?

The live traps we use at Peregrine are a bit like a snap trap. The spring and portion of the trap that captures the pocket gopher is on the underside of the trap. If you were to knock the trap with your foot, the trap would trigger, but nothing would happen other than potentially being startled. The only risk occurs if reaching under the trap — you risk having a finger caught in the trap and potentially breaking a finger. If seed bait is being used, family pets such as dogs and horses need to be managed to ensure they don’t have access to the product. It is always best to review the service options with your pest control service technician prior to starting a pocket gopher program so that a safe, effective solution can be provided.


Professional Pocket Gopher Exterminator – Calgary – Pocket Gopher Treatment Service
403-475-6523
Peregrine Pest Control – Pocket Gopher Removal – Calgary & area 
All our pocket gopher treatment technicians are licensed applicators in the province of Alberta.
Peregrine Pest Control is Quality Pro Certified and Contractor Check Certified.
*Our Calgary pocket gopher removal team has 30+ years of combined experience
Check out the Peregrine Pest Control team here


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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
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
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.

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