pocket gopher outside topeka home

What is a pocket gopher?

Pocket gophers are medium-sized rodents, growing to between 6 and 13 inches long. Their fur can be black, brown, or nearly white in color. They have a short hairless tail, and their front incisors are always visible. Pocket gophers have a short neck, small flattened head, and powerful front legs equipped with large claws. The pocket gopher got its name from the fur-lined pouches that are located outside of its mouth that they use to carry food in.

Why do I have them?

Pocket gophers are most active in the spring and fall and are attracted to properties that offer them ample food sources and a place to create their tunnels and burrows. Pocket gophers feed on things like grasses, dandelions, bulbs, shrubs, trees, and roots. They tunnel through lawns and gardens, and their tunnels can range in depth from just a few inches to hundreds of feet. These rodents always leave a distinctive horseshoe or fan shape at the surface of their tunnel.

Are they dangerous?

Pocket gophers are not dangerous to people, but they are damaging to properties. They can damage lawns, gardens, and farmlands; they can cause harm to trees by feeding on their bark and roots. Pocket gophers have also been known to damage underground wires, cables, and pipes as they create their tunnels.

Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself pocket gopher control is not recommended. Pocket gophers spend most of their time under the ground which makes them a difficult species to get rid of and to control. The best way to handle a problem with pocket gophers on your property is with the help of an expert. At Schendel, our wildlife removal services provide customers with a thorough inspection and a customized plan to humanely control pocket gophers living on your property. Contact Schendel Pest Services to see how we can help to eliminate nuisance and damaging pocket gophers from your yard.

How soon can you get here?

We are dedicated to making sure that we get help to you as quickly as possible, and we understand how stressful pest problems can be for you and your family. In most instances, Schendel will respond the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, our treatment methods are safe for use around people, pets, and plants. We use the least amount of material possible to solve your pest problem whether that is using natural products, baits, mechanical means, or conventional products.
We follow very strict guidelines, and all of our conventional products are EPA registered. Our trained and experienced service technicians will also inform you of any specific safety measures that may need to be taken before treatment begins.

How much does it cost?

We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.

How can I prevent this in the future?

There is no way to really prevent pocket gophers from choosing your property to live on because of their outdoor, almost constant underground dwelling lifestyle. The best way to deal with a pocket gopher infestation is to get help for an infestation as quickly as possible. If you notice horseshoe or fan-shaped mounds of dirt on your lawn or property, call the pocket gopher control specialists at Schendel Pest Services.


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