How to Get Rid of Yard Moles and Gophers

Things You'll Need

  • Bait

  • Funnel

  • Spoon

  • Traps

  • Shovel

  • Water hose

If you have trouble with yard moles and gophers, you know that they can be frustrating pests. Gophers eat your plants and moles create piles of dirt (molehills) which can cover your entire yard. Gophers and moles can wreak havoc by damaging underground cables and PVC piping. There are many different methods that people use for getting rid of gophers and yard moles.

Step 1

An very common way to get rid of yard moles and gophers is to use bait. An often used bait is in the form of strychnine-laced barley. Find a main tunnel, enlarge the opening and place some pellets inside the underground tunnel using a syringelike tool, or a funnel and a spoon that you do not use in the kitchen or for other purposes.

Step 2

Trapping yard moles and gophers is one of the most effective methods of control. It does take a lot of time and waiting, however, to catch them. This is often a more desirable method since you don't need to use poison.

Step 3

Some people choose to fumigate the underground tunnels to chase out the yard moles. Smoke and gas cartridges are not effective, according to University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, but aluminum phosphate fumigation has good results. These can be used, however, only by certified professionals, so you need to hire the services of a specialized company.

Step 4

Flooding is also a very common method to get rid of yard moles and gophers. It is also one of the least toxic methods as well. Dig a large hole into the burrow. Place a hose into the hole and run water for at least 15 minutes to flood out the pesky critters.


Talk with your local conservation officer or wildlife management specialists to make sure that you're following the proper procedures.

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