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How to Get Rid of Gophers

August 22, 2019

Hi I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow
organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Gophers can be a serious and frustrating
pest and the first step is monitoring. To make sure that you actually do have
gophers and not moles, voles or ground squirrels. If you have gophers you’ll see a
distinctive crescent or horseshoe shaped mound with a plugged tunnel. In rockier clay soil you may not see a
distinctive mound but you will see the hole that’s been filled back in. Once youve verified that you do have gophers you can control with an integrated pest
management system. IPM starts with prevention keep the borders of your garden weed
free, gophers are a lot less likely to travel in to your garden if there’s no food
on the way. The next step is avoidance if you already have gophers in your yard the way you can get them to not
eat your plants it’s too lay down gopher wire at the
bottom of your beds or plant your plants within gopher baskets. For trees make sure that you only use the fifteen
gallon tree basket Unlike the gopher wire or the
other baskets, this basket is designed to break down and degrade after just a couple years so that it
doesn’t girdle the tree roots. Along with avoidance you want to suppress
the population of gophers and the easiest and most reliable way to do that
is with trapping. Trapping is most effective when you can
find the main burrow so get a stick or use a tool like this. Starting at the freshest mound you wanna probe eight to twelve inches
from the side of the mound where the plug is the burrow will be located six to twelve
inches deep you’ll notice a sudden drop about two inches when
you hit the burrow. So first you wanna open up the plug and I
like doing that with this Hori Hori weeder and this is where you are going to put the trap. This cinch trap is great for the
opening insert the trap six to eight inches into the tunnel you can either plug the tunnel again or
leave it open. Where you’re located the main borrow
open a hole with the Hori Hori. Where going to set two traps down in that burrow. I like these Victor easy set traps. First I’m going to tie a string around the traps so that i can pull it out and check it. The additional traps should be set facing opposite directions in the main burrow. Check your traps in the morning and evening if the traps have not been visited within
forty-eight hours move the traps. Make sure and attach these type of traps to a stake that way you can locate them and remove them easily. In addition to trapping you can’t put up
barn owl nesting boxes. Barn Owls can help reduce the population
over time but they’re not a quick fix and will not a eradicate gophers from
any one area. If you have a large area and are willing to
take the time, training a terrier to hunt gophers is an effective control. If your gopher
problem persists IPM does take it to the next level but
these control measures are usually not organic so you have to make the decision
how far you want to go to control the gophers. This gopher tool can be used to apply natural poisons deep inside the burrows. Never apply natural or any other
poisons to the surface of the soil even the teeny tiniest little grain can
kill a song bird. Be aware that there’s a good chance of
secondary poisoning of an animal that would eat a poisoned gopher such as pets or birds of prey. You can also fumigate with these gopher gases
but university research shows that they’re not quite as effective because the gophers will close up
their tunnel to avoid the gas but there’s no secondary poisoning worries
there. Well i’ve told you what you can do to control your gophers. and now I want to tell you what doesn’t work according to UC davis ineffective controls include: chewing gum, laxatives, repellents of all kinds, plants
like “gopher purge” and scare devices. Once you’ve solved your gopher problems
cleanup all the mounds and come back and monitor to make sure that they haven’t
returned. So get your gophers and grow organic for life!


  • Reply bonnie fuentevilla May 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    So…you need 2 different types of traps ? 1 at plugged hole and more along burrow ?

  • Reply GrowOrganicProducts May 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    You can use all one type of trap if you like. The easy set just fit better all they down in the burrow.

  • Reply Riverdale270 May 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    This video is not complete?

  • Reply Pat McCrotch May 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Good advice, two traps. I've used rat traps, use a spade to create a hole where the gopher hole intersects, place the trap and cover with plywood. Never use poisons. Period.

  • Reply BlackCat2 May 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I would use live traps rather than kill traps if I ever had a gopher problem. I don't think gophers are a problem in my area though. I have not ever seen one.

    – Heidi

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    It is. Did you have a question?

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the great tip. Yes, poisons are certainly a double edged sword and we don't like to see people use them because of secondary poisonings and getting non-target animals like songbirds.

  • Reply Barry Gibson May 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm


  • Reply Barry Gibson May 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Hi, what type of flowers(name) are the colourful ones always on your into video, I watch all your videos and still wonder what they are, their sooo pretty

  • Reply Barry Gibson May 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm


  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks! The flowers are a zinnias, I think they're beautiful too and they make great cut flowers.

  • Reply Barry Gibson May 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the help trisha

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Yes, cats as well as trained terriers can really help. The challenge is to find a cat that is a good hunter inclined to hunt gophers (mine always preferred lizards and birds).

  • Reply Jl Sellers May 31, 2013 at 3:23 am

    just get a cat.

  • Reply Riverdale270 June 15, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Oh strange, the last time I watched this video it just stopped in the middle. Now it's okay though.

  • Reply lionofusa1 June 24, 2013 at 2:25 am

    OMG, I have so many Gophers in my yard that I think that they will be running me away from my property very soon.

  • Reply Samantha July 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    what are your thoughts on cedarwood moth balls?

  • Reply Samantha July 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    btw, thank you so much for the this video!

  • Reply Samantha July 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    where do you buy the gopher wires or baskets?

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley July 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for asking, I've added a link to our gopher control category in the description. I use the baskets all over my property, they're great.

  • Reply B8kedBean July 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    "Peaceful Valley" oh the irony

  • Reply GOATjake July 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I'd say shooting it is more effective because it kills immediately in stead of letting a gopher sitting in a trap for a few hours dieting

  • Reply GOATjake July 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm


  • Reply Anthony Browning July 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I had a grandpa that was a greens superintendent at a golf course and he said "juicy fruit" gum worked and was what he would use. I don't know if he used it to bait a trap or if he just put it in the hole for them to choke on.

  • Reply Theryl McCoy October 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    If gophers were on the verge of extinction, then we wouldn't treat them as pests. Trap and release? LOL! Obviously you've never had to deal with gophers.

  • Reply Theryl McCoy October 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It's refreshing to see an HONEST organic gardener. I've read so many 'organic' approaches to getting rid of gophers such as trap and release, or planting marigolds, using cat hair and chewing gum. LOL! If you want to have an organic garden, you really must trap and kill gophers. It's a harsh reality.

  • Reply j0bfander December 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Some gophers just killed my avocado tree. I have to buy some trap.

  • Reply Z E January 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    another thing you can do is put a habanero chili or serrano pepper

  • Reply Sanadroug Hajian June 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for this excellent video.  Great information.  I have used your ideas and they work.  🙂

  • Reply Schmitdzhee Goatson August 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I got no idea why i am watching this ^^
    Aren't traps a little cruel? just shovel thoes furry bastards or shoot em'

  • Reply OWN12S September 6, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I've tried those gopher traps. They keep getting filled with dirt and don't snap on the gopher.

  • Reply Yenald looshi February 21, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I hear planting Castor beans will make them leave

  • Reply Winson Tan March 8, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I am using gopher guard and was wondering the how much dirt i should cover it before laying the lawn on top.
    Any good thoughts or experiences?

  • Reply VMOLECAT May 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm


  • Reply VMOLECAT May 28, 2015 at 12:25 am

    (TIP) Road flares emits sulfur dioxide that will kill the grass. MOLECAT is a technically advanced patented pest control device that eliminates burrowing pests using a controlled percussive blast. No destructive digging

  • Reply J3AN P3T3R May 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    0:07 Where is that yellow open field at with the distant mountains in the background ? i would love to live and work on a field like that someday and im not even a farmer. its beautiful

  • Reply Jeff Fleck October 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Anyone recommend a good poison you can sprinkle on the area?

  • Reply Rudy Roa-Martinez November 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

    How many use the same tunnel complex?

  • Reply May C June 8, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for the vid,where can i buy this "gopher basket"?

  • Reply I RedLight I February 4, 2017 at 5:24 am

    so corny

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  • Reply Your Mom June 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Ever tried peanut butter on the end of a shotgun barrel ?

  • Reply PORTIA Clause July 4, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    seems like trapping and killing gophers is not 'peaceful' gardening. Title is misleading

  • Reply Kenneth Eschman August 1, 2017 at 2:57 am

    For a small lawn you can purchase what a pro uses. The gopher X machine which pumps carbon Monoxcide gas via a 6 hp motor into the main Burrow. Also you can add some oil to the motor that creates white smoke so as you pump the carbon monoxcide in the burrow with the white smoke the smoke will come out all exit and entry holes so you can find them. Using Gopher x with cinch gopher traps will rid the problem quicker.

  • Reply Elena Zaaba November 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Does keeping cats in the garden help?

  • Reply Josegta January 8, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Fill hole with hose water and be ready with B.B. gun

  • Reply sojourn Traveler April 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Gophers look like mice with longer claws.
    The image leading to this video is that of a ground squirrel.

  • Reply Bob Kamachi April 30, 2018 at 4:11 am

    I just use an air rifle

  • Reply CarlosMz June 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    They ate all my sunflowers and took them into there burrows

  • Reply Cindy Gillen July 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    don't you know the difference between and prairie dog and gopher

  • Reply Double D September 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    For soils other than sand, I liked this guys method.

  • Reply Double D September 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Have a few extra minutes? Try this guys technique.
    Love the shirt.

  • Reply hans maulwurf March 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Eat this Rob Pike

  • Reply burrow buddy April 1, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I suggest viewing video " Gopher Trapping Using Death Klutch Traps & Burrow Buddy Trapping Tool "

  • Reply Duygu Töremen May 31, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Trapping and killing the gophers is organic? Is it humane? PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT. This video is misleading and false information

  • Reply gaskan666 June 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Best way o get gid of the is to shoot them

  • Reply gaskan666 June 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    My control measure is a Sig Sauer MCX

  • Reply Robrony Hoodlum June 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    gophers climb on and over any fencing

  • Reply Charles Murphy June 24, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I just flooded a gopher hole and creamed him with a rake when he came up for air .

  • Reply oops sugarsorry July 11, 2019 at 1:08 am

    High killing a gopher in a small bear trap like killing device is not organic so why do you call yourself an organic Gardener that is horrifying I speed my gopher and I've only got one in my yard and he doesn't eat my plans he gets rid of my dandelions for me he gets rid of my weeds and my purslane any cars with no damage at all there's one hole in one side of the yard and then a whole way out by the roadway they're not a nuisance if like you said you don't have a lot of weeds and stuff growing around if you take care of your yard they should not be overflowing so please don't kill them like that please that's gross and horrifying. Don't poison them don't flood them out tried vinegar try things that they don't like the smell of just like you would a skunk .

  • Reply oops sugarsorry July 11, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Natural poison whatever poison is poison don't poison animals whether you call them a rodent or not it's an animal

  • Reply oops sugarsorry July 11, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Thank you for your video and I really hope that you can find some natural ways to get rid of gophers instead of harming them in any way let's try and deter them there's a lot of things going on in the world today and taking away and animals rightful home it's just not good when the fires and the floods are already taking away their homes where they actually do live and then Things become crowded and yeah you know they're just trying to live just like you to you live on top of the earth and they live underneath and I know everyone likes their plans but maybe we can share that's all thank you and I hope you don't take any offense to my frustration some of the things that I said we're not me being angry at you personally.
    I'm just upset with the poison and with the killing them in that stupid claw thing..💔

  • Reply Cool Cat July 13, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Go fer it!

  • Reply Larry Crow July 19, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Lawnmower with hose to exhaust other end in the hole gas em

  • Reply Mark Knight August 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    What a waist of time !!! Post a project video that actually shows the results of your methods !!!

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