How to Get Rid of Yard Moles and Gophers

If you have trouble with yard moles and gophers, you know that they can be quite frustrating. Gophers will eat your plants and moles will 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 a variety of different methods that people use for getting rid of gophers and yard moles. Here are the more common:

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  • Baiting - This is as an extremely common way to get rid of yard moles and gophers. It involves leaving out poison in the form of strychnine-laced barley. A syringe like tool is used to inject some pellets into the underground tunnel.

  • Trapping - This is also very common way to get rid of yard moles and gophers and can be one of the most effective. It does take a lot of time and waiting to catch them however. This is often a more desirable method since you don't need to use poison.

  • Fumigating - Some people choose to fumigate the underground tunnels to chase out the yard moles. In order to do so, a shovel is used to open up the tunnels and then a pipe is put into the hole and aluminum pellets or ignitable gas bombs are dropped into the tunnel. Dirt is then placed back over the ground to cover up the hole. If you choose to use this method to get rid of these rodents, you should first talk with your local conservation officer or wildlife management specialists to make sure that you're following the proper procedures.

  • Flooding - This is also a very common method to try and get rid of yard moles and gophers. It is also one of the least toxic methods as well. A large hole is first dug out into the burrow. A hose is then placed into a hole and water is run for at least 15 minutes to flood out the pesky critters.

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