Although gophers may look cuddly and cute, they are very destructive rodents. They bulldoze around your garden eating nearly every kind of herb and shrub. If you face the problem of burrowing rodents on your property, but you are hesitant to apply killing forms of pest control, you may construct or buy a traps which will not physically harm them. Once caught, gophers can be released into the wild surrounding far from your garden. Harmless gopher traps are considered to be one of the most effective humane methods to eliminate rodents.

Gopher Traps Types

Wire Trap for Gophers Wire Trap (one of the Macabee variations). It is a quite complicated mechanism, yet it has been used for gophers trapping since 1900. Its main elements are claws and prongs which squeeze the animal as it traps. When the gopher is tunnelling, it pushes dirt ahead of himself, hence the pest doesn’t notice the trap. When he ground pushes the trip lever, it catches the rodent around his neck or chest. The animals suffocate because of the pressure. Sometimes it can be stabbed by the prongs.

Box Traps for Gophers Box Traps. This kind of traps is also widely used to catch moles, squirrels and other small rodents. First box traps were made of wood, nowadays these are available in plastic. The construction of the trap make gopher trapped inside the box.

Black Hole Traps for GophersBlack Hole. This is a version of a box trap. It has a cylindric form which resembles gopher’s tunnel. Its work is based on the spring loaded noose principle.

It is important to note that there exist two main types of traps for gophers: lethal and harmless. If you don’t want to kill the rodents be sure to choose safe traps.

Applying Harmless Traps

As soon as you notice a fresh horseshoe-shaped mound, take immediate steps to remove rodents.

  1. Purchase several non-lethal gopher traps (these are available in garden centers and retail stores).
  2. Tie a string or wire to the top of traps. Find the main tunnel and dig into it to make room enough to place the traps.
  3. Wear gloves to hide your scent.
  4. Use fresh vegetables as a bait (lettuce, tomato leaves or carrots).
  5. Cover the hole with a piece of cardboard, a rag, a board or anything that will not fall into the tunnel.
  6. Once you have caught a pest, use the wire or string to remove the trap.
  7. Release gopher several miles away.

Final Hints

Gophers are not only cute and destructive rodents, they are also very smart.

  • Some of them can sense the traps and block them with dirt. So, don’t give up and keep trying.
  • Use several types of traps to find the most effective models.
  • Don’t ignore new mounds (the gopher may leave the old tunnel where the traps are and bulldoze a new one).
  • Use two traps at once for one tunnel: on exit and entrance.

So, make your choice, prepare traps and start your gophers removal program. Encourage your neighbors to join your plan in order to achieve better results.

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