Killin Gophers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by oldturf, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. oldturf

    oldturf LawnSite Member
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    I have several large soccer fields that have large numbers of gophers. I need something that is very effective in getting rid of them. :help: Any help appreciated.
     
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    .22 Long to the head area :cool2:
     
  3. C-4 it worked for the guy in caddyshack.
     
  4. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get yourself a pellet gun with at least 1000 fps. One **** and it will shoot as powerful as a lowergrade .22. You could also go with a semi automatic paintball gun. I can get the birds flyin out of the sky. ;) :D
     
  5. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
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    Take a lawnmower and hook a garden hose to the exhaust,put the other end down in the hole.........put a cork in the other end of the hole,,,should take care of business :waving:
     
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you tried contacting your local county extension office? They should have some tried and true methods for dealing with gophers in a humane way. You may be able to trap and remove or something like that.
     
  7. Moonlight

    Moonlight LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Do you have an ornamental and turf license? I have very good luck with zinc phoshide. I get it at B&G. Gophers are very time consuming. Knock down the mounds after you have treated that particular run, you won't forget where you treated. If there is a really bad problem I get 4.00 per thousand square feet. On a site that large I could probably do it for a little less. You can also rent a machine that you pull behind a tractor that injects poisoned seeds into the soil. Careful around the kids....
     
  8. the scaper

    the scaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    You need to do a search and look up the old "Hoight White" threads, this will give you some interesting insite on the subject.
     
  9. rookie03

    rookie03 LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Posts: 184

    Groundhogs are very tough and you will not kill one with a .22. You will need more of a .243 type gun. They are very tough animals and are very very mean. Groundhogs are very smart too. We have thousands of groundhogs in this area. About 15 years ago you wouldn't ever find a groundhog around here, but now days they can take out your crops (beans, corn, rice) around here. If they catch the fields early and eat the tops out of the plants they can take over a good portion of a 300 acre field. Leaving the farmer with nothing to harvest. They will completely destroy a trap, you may be able to catch a very young one in it, but don't look at catching a grown one in a trap. Like I said before, they are very smart. Sometimes you can't get within 400 yards to get one. If the soccer fields are in the country and taking groundhogs in your part of the country is legal then that's going to be your best option. They multiply very fast. So the quicker you get them out, the better. I would say you will never completely get rid of them in that area now though.
     
  10. Cut-Rite2

    Cut-Rite2 LawnSite Member
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    The gophers around here are very persistant. There is a cow pasture behind my property where gophers are coming from and invading my yard. I have tried poison smoke bombs and using a 6 foot PVC pipe attached to a garden hose to try and drown them by "drilling" into the soil into their tunnels. Unfortunately, the soil here in florida is very sandy, and the water from my hose is draining down a lot before the tunnels get filled. They are most active at dawn or dusk and I have had a little success if I see one of them tossing sand out of the tunnel, and I go out right away and flood them immediately, but mostly I have just been able to harass them off my property into the vacant lot next to mine. The exhaust from a lawnmower trick sounds good, but you have to get them when they are active. During the day, they plug the entrance to the dens with a hard clod of dirt, so a lot of these methods won't work unless you actually see them digging up the turf, and then they don't have time to plug the tunnel. I called the extension service here and they sent me information, but their solution is to use traps, and I don't see that as a useful alternative.
     

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