PREVENTION

STEPS TO TAKE TO MITIGATE THE INTRUSION OF GOPHERS AND MOLES IN YOUR YARD

RAISED BEDS

  • Plant Vegetable/flower gardens in raised beds.  Place ONLY "galvanized hardware cloth" screening material, securely fastened, to the bottom of the bed to prevent intrusion.

Planter Boxes

  • Place all flowers in Planter Boxes, clay pots, or encase in "gopher baskets".  Do not use chicken wire as a gopher "can and will bite" through it.

Trenches

  • Studies show that gophers/moles will be deterred from digging through rock 1" in diameter.  
  • You can dig trenches three feet deep and one foot wide and fill it with rock to deter lateral entry into specific location in your yard.  
  • This, however, would not prevent them from moving into the area above the ground.

Other Animals are your friend

  • Some Cats and Dogs will actively hunt gophers and moles
  • Birds of Prey will also hunt gophers and moles.  If feasible, install raptor stands on your property

Galvanized Hardwear Cloth

  • Install between lawn areas.
  • This will prevent the gophers/moles from penetrating the law area.
  • You must ensure that the installation of the wire is done correctly.
    • There can be no gaps in the wire
    • It is unrolled similar to carpet
    • Wire comes in 3" and 4" widths
    • The widths must overlap each other by 6" and be securely pinned with lawn pins
    • The edges of the wire must be secured to prevent gophers/moles from pushing dirt up around concrete, rock borders, etc.. This is commonly overlooked and defeats the entire purpose of placing the wire under the lawn.
    • Make sure you have conveyed this to your landscaper.
    • Additionally, do not allow sod to be placed over the wire until you have inspected it to ensure proper installation