Moles, Voles, Gophers and Shrews
Call 405-464-2121 For Mole and Gopher Removal Services In The Edmond, Guthrie, Okc and Surrounding Metro Areas
Author: Mike Sullivan, owner: Skunk Bait Wildlife Control LLC
Are you tired of looking at mole or gopher mounds out in your beautiful fresh cut lawn? Or you may be looking for gopher removal services in Guthrie, Edmond or the surrounding metro area. At this point, you are probably wondering how many gophers are in your yard? This is where we come in.
We specialize in mole and gopher removal services in the Edmond, Guthrie, and surrounding Okc metro areas. Our pocket gopher technicians are trained to properly identify mole, gopher, vole, and shrew damages.. After we diagnose your critter problem, we will work with you to find a solution that works best for you. Moles and gophers are not the same but they may cause similar damage to a lawn.
Identifying Gopher Mounds
Gophers will leave large mounds of dirt on top of your lawn. These mounds are typically loose fine dirt and there is usually a plug towards the top of the mound. This plug is what they use to fill their lateral tunnel. As they excavate through the soil looking for food, they leave large mounds of dirt. If left alone, gophers can cause a lot of damage to a lawn. These gopher mounds can happen in a very short period of time. Gopher mounds can damage lawn equipment as the mowers mow over them. When lawn mowers run over the gopher mounds it dulls the blades and puts strain on the motor, the lawn mower belts and the spindles. If you are in the Edmond area, we recommend O’Conner’s Lawn and Garden or Circle Saw Shop for lawn mower repair or blade sharpening. If you are in the Guthrie area, we recommend Hometown Rental on Division Street just south of Industrial.
Underground Tunnel Systems
Pocket Gophers have elaborate underground tunnel systems. These tunnels can be very long, short, shallow or deep runs. These tunnels may collapse under your feet as you walk. This could cause injury to people, pets, or livestock so caution should be used. These tunnels may be under a fence, along a driveway, under the sidewalk, along a retainer wall or in a flower bed.
What Do Gophers Eat
Gophers like to eat grass roots, ornamental plant roots and seeds. They will stuff their food into the pockets in their cheeks (which is where the name pocket gopher comes from). They will dig out a small tunnel for food storage. In these storage tunnels we have found grass root clippings and other roots that have been stored. With heavy grazing, and large populations of pocket gophers, these varmints are problematic to residential lawn, off and on ramps to highways, commercial properties, and farmers.
If you have any questions about our non toxic gopher control services in the Edmond and surrounding areas or would like to schedule services please click on the link or give us a call or text at 405-464-2121.
Moles And Shrews- What Do They Eat
Moles are cute little critters with large feet on the sides of their body. We typically see the broad footed mole in our area. They can cause a lot of damage to a lawn looking for grub worms, earth worms and small insects that may use their tunnels. We usually see heavy mole activity with new grass growth or freshly laid sod because the lawn has to be kept wet for the grass to take root. This wet soil attracts the types of food that moles and shrews like to eat. During this time we also see activity from other animals like raccoons, skunks, and armadillos as they often times will eat the same types of food that the moles and shrews are looking for.
What We Do To Protect Your Property From Gophers
It all starts with an animal damage inspection. This is usually a ground level inspection that allows our trained wildlife technician to see if this is a mole and gopher or something completely different. Our technician needs to put eyes on your property to correctly diagnose the type of nuisance animal you have that may be causing your problem. In some cases, you may not be dealing with gophers.