You know moles and gophers are destructive little pests. They thrive where food sources are plentiful. Ever notice as you're driving down the road all the mounds of dirt in clusters from these critters? Moles and gophers are active year round so you will see these mounds regardless of the time of year. They can be destructive to a yard since gophers eat roots and the moles leave tunnels in the soil.
|A yard in Jenks with moles|
Gophers love roots so if you plant a garden, spend time working in the yard planting flowers, plants and so forth then gophers could be a problem. Gophers differ from moles in many ways. They are after different foods, moles are gophers look nothing alike and gophers tunnel deep into soil where moles prefer the area closer to the surface where their food is easily found and the soil easier to tunnel through. Gophers can dig deep in the soil and may have living quarters a few feet down.
So what do we do about these pests? First thing I always look at is the soil types that we are finding these animals in. If you live in the souther parts of Broken Arrow, Jenks or Bixby then it's likely you may have sandy loam soil. This soil is found in area's closer to the Arkansas River. These animals thrive in sandy loam soil types. If you start going north the soil changes to more of a mix and then to other soil types which can be harder to tunnel through for these animals. They don't prefer clay nearly as much as sandy loam. I would say this is likely the reason Jenks, Bixby and Broken Arrow tend to have more issues with moles then I see in the north eastern cities.
We can of course trap them, which helps but may not be a total solution since they migrate and move around. Once you do this you may just be inviting you're neighbor's moles over to take control of the areas you just cleared. They can be poisoned but once again you may end up just seeing more move in because of the competition being removed. They can be smoked out with products that kill them but once again it may not be a total solution. They can be driven out with products that make what they eat taste horrible but yet this may not be a total solution. The truth is that nothing is a total solution for these animals because they are pests that migrate. Most people will tend to have moles or gophers because of where they live. It's kind of like having ants every spring... It just happens.
EnviroTech can help by looking at your unique situation and determining what may work best for the area, place, soil type you may have. Sometimes the best thing is a combination of methods. Sometimes depending on what's around you only one method is needed. I would recommend scheduling an appointment to find out what may be the best way to help your mole/gopher problem.
No matter what you decide to do about these pests I hope this page at least helps you to understand these animals better.
You can visit Mole and Gopher Control for more information or call us at (918) 282-7621 to schedule an appointment.
EnviroTech Exterminating is locally owned and operated in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and services the entire metro area.