Gopher & Burrowing Pest Control in Dallas Texas and the Surrounding Areas
It is absolutely necessary to identify the kind of animal causing damage before trying to eliminate the problem. We only recommend using our services for mole and gopher control. Trapping methods differ for moles and gophers. You will find lots of information below that we have put together to help you identify whether you have a mole or gopher problem. You can learn to how to identify your pest by the surface damage it is creating.
What else could it be if it is not a gopher or burrowing pest?
The vole (field mouse) and ground squirrel are also burrowing animals and sometimes can be confused with the gopher, but the tunneling activity is much different. Both voles and ground squirrels leave their tunnels open, whereas moles and gophers always plug their tunnels.
The ground squirrel tunnel is wide and open, about a 3-4 inches diameter, usually with a large pile of dirt at the opening. There may be multiple open tunnels close to the main entrance. Generally, squirrels will burrow at the base of trees, rock piles and the edge of brush. Squirrels hibernate during the coldest part of the winter. Gophers do not hibernate and always plug up their tunnels.
Voles, also known as field mice, are common pests in lawns and gardens and can easily be confused with a gopher because of the obvious damage to plants. The key to identifying a vole is by the multiple open tunnels that are about the diameter of a golf ball. The area around the opening is very clean and polished. There will also be evidence on the surface of beaten down pathways through the grass. Voles do not have the proper teeth and claws to excavate tunnels, so they generally will use abandoned mole and gopher tunnels the establish their colonies. Voles can create as much damage as a gopher. Voles will gradually strip the bark from the base of shrubs and trees and eat roots, bulbs, tubers and seeds.
How do I know if I have a mole?
Two kinds of surface activity identify a mole: 1) A mound, or series of mounds of fluffy dirt. 2) Tunneling an inch under the surface of lawn, groundcover or dirt. You may see both mounds and surface tunneling or just one. The mounds can be from 3 to 24 inches wide. The mounds are round, symmetrical and conical, resembling a volcano. The dirt is fluffy with occasional dirt clods on top. Mounds can vary in size, but the volcano shape is characteristic of a mole. The surface tunnels look like the veins on the back of your hand or as if a snake has slithered under the surface. The shallow surface tunnels will usually be found along a manmade boarder, edges of concrete, bender boards, and walkways. Surface tunnels may also appear in the middle of your lawn or garden. The surface tunnels are evidence the mole is foraging for insects.
Generally, you will find mole activity in lawns and under emitters because insects are drawn to moisture. Moles are foraging in the moist locations for earthworms, grubs, beetles, larvae and all other insects living in the soil. Lawns are moist and fertile areas where the conditions usually support a plentiful supply of live food. As a mole searches for food, it creates an extensive network of surface feeding tunnels. Most of these foraging tunnels are used at irregular intervals and not optimal places to set a trap. However, this may be your only option. If this is the case, try to locate a straight surface tunnel along a manmade boarder. The straighter the surface tunnel, the more likely the tunnel may be used as a causeway from one area to another. However, the very best place to set traps in under a fresh mound. If given the choice, a mole will choose to excavate its burrow in high dry spots. However, it prefers to forage for insects in soil that is shaded, temperate, moist, and lush.
How do I know if I have a gopher?
Gophers are often mistaken for moles. However, the surface evidence is quite different and not difficult to identify if you take the time to learn to identify gopher vs. mole activity. A gopher does not dig surface tunnels like a mole, and the gopher mound is shaped differently. If you look down on a gopher mound, you will see a distinct crescent or horseshoe shape with a plug of dirt at the top of the crescent or horseshoe. You should also see other mounds close by. If you don’t see fresh mounds, look closely for freshly plugged holes 2-3 inches in diameter. These plugged holes can be difficult to spot, but may be your only opportunity to set a trap. The 2-3 inch plugged holes are referred to as “feedholes” because the gopher is not excavating at these places. It is digging to the surface to eat above ground, feeding close to the safety of its tunnel. Gophers always plug their tunnels and feedholes. If the tunnel is open, it is abandoned or possibly there is a vole living in the tunnel.
As we mentioned in several answers, a gopher is strictly an herbivore. Gophers will eat just about any plant. The crescent shaped mound and dead and wilted plants are a good indication that a gopher is your culprit. A gopher locates plants and roots in three ways; 1) the gopher can clip the roots off below the surface where the damage is not quickly noticeable, or it might clip the base of a plant to just above the surface as it excavates tunnels, 2) the gopher can pull plants growing above the ground into its tunnel from below, or 3) the gopher will surface above-ground, venturing a short distance from their hole to snag plants near the opening. As mentioned before, these openings are known as feedholes and vary in diameter from 2-3 inches depending on the size of the gopher.
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