They are called Pocket gophers because they have external, fur lined pouches which they fill with nest and food material, and there are several species in this area – the Western, Plains, Texas and Botta’s are the main species of concern for our area.
Many people confuse these with moles. They burrow into lawns, gardens, pastures and flowerbeds in order to feed on plants and their roots. They will dig 2 types of tunnels: shallow tunnels for foraging and deeper tunnels for nesting.
They can be from 6 ½" long to 14" long; reddish brown to gray and black. They have small eyes and ears, a blunt muzzle with large incisor teeth. Its short stubby tail and its webbed front paws differentiate it from other rodents.
They mate in the Spring, has 2 to 11 young per litter (average 4) with 1 or 2 litters per year. They can reach puberty in 3 months.
They have poor vision, poor hearing with excellent senses of touch in their whiskers. Excellent burrowers, they can dig burrows up to 150′ long and up to 2 feet below the surface. They kick out the dirt in mounds of up to 1 or 2 feet. They positioning of the mounds indicate the direction of the burrow. They prefer to feed on roots, tubers, garden plants and tree roots.
POCKET GOPHER CONTROL
Gulf Coast Exterminators uses several control tactics depending on the severity of the problem and certain environmental conditions. Methods of control range from chemical, baits and even tracking powders. We sometimes employ the use of mechanical control measures such as Gopher traps, Plunger traps, and steel traps in the burrows and burrow barriers. Our field technicians can only make these treatment decisions after inspecting the property and surveying the severity of your problem. We always consider the safety of you and others that may have access to the treatment area.
One method we don’t use is that of flooding. This rarely works as a permanent control method and we don’t recommend you try it either as it can lead to environmental damage.
Pocket Gophers are a popular Houston pest we get service calls for to perform Wildlife Control. Call us today at (281) 449-7404 and let Gulf Coast Exterminators help you with your Pocket Gophers problem.
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