Homemade Pocket Gopher Control


Pocket gophers are cute, but boy can they tear up a lawn. If poisoning techniques seem inhumane or you don't like the idea of turning your lawn into a gopher cemetery, control the gophers instead using gopher repellents. A variety of everyday ingredients will deter gophers without causing harm to them or the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Ammonia
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Spray bottle
  • Dog hair
  • Used kitty litter
  • Soak pieces of cloth in ammonia and stuff them into the gopher holes. They will not like the vapors invading their tunnels.

  • Place several drops of peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and place them in and around the gopher holes. Peppermint is a repulsive scent to many animals, including gophers, moles and mice.

  • Make a solution of 1 qt. of water, 4 tbsp. of cayenne pepper and 1 tbsp. of peppermint oil in a spray bottle and regularly spray the openings of the holes to keep them damp until the gophers are gone.

  • Give the gophers the idea that possible predators are around. Stuff dog hair into the holes. If you don't have a dog from which to collect hair clippings, check with your local animal groomer. Sprinkle a bit of used kitty litter into the holes, if you or your neighbor has a cat. You might even consider getting your own outdoor cat to scare and keep gophers away.

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