Gopher Control Services
Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents so named because they have fur-lined pouches outside of the mouth, one on each side of the face. These pockets, which are capable of being turned inside out, are used for carrying food. Gophers eat the roots of plants, trees and other vegetation. Pocket gophers are medium sized rodents, ranging from about 5 to 14 inches. Colors range from nearly black to light brown to almost white.
Gophers are active year round, solitary and territorial. An adult male gopher can control territory up to 2000 square feet. A gopher will dig up to 7 or 8 tunnels which may extend as much 800 feet each.
Gophers are extremely well adapted and built for an underground existence. They dig burrows in lawns and gardens, pushing the soil from the burrows into mounds on the surface. Their underground burrows may be several hundred feet in length, ranging in depth from a few inches to several feet. They are active year round but are the most visibly active in the spring and fall, when the soil is of the ideal moisture content for digging.