Fun Facts About Moles And Gophers
All things considered, moles and gophers are fascinating animals and always a challenging issue to solve. Knowing mole gopher facts can be fun and beneficial too - beneficial for designing better control strategies.
The Skunk Whisperer®
Mole & Gopher Services
Please do not call the skunk whisperer office in regards to mole, gopher, or vole trapping and removal unless you are interested in spending at least $1000 for non lethal methods. The Skunk Whisperer does not offer lethal mole or gopher removal and live trapping methods do not work well.
Most people choose to have lethal mole and gopher trapping and poisoning done because it is the most cost effective method. Our company offers the below mole and gopher removal options but once again they are expensive and most people choose to have them killed.
Our company does offer the two mole and gopher removal methods listed below, but because they are expensive, most people choose to call companies who offer lethal control.
- Castor oil applications to the lawn every other week, 12 months out of the year. As a taste deterring repellent we would utilize a hose end applicator and apply castor oil to your entire lawn and flower bed heavily every other week. Personal and professional experience with castor oil applications have certainly proven it very effective but also very messy and expensive. problems with castor oil applications include oily foot prints onto driveways, carpets and hardwood floors, not only from humans, but pets too. Castor oil applications when it is freezing cold outside are not only fun to do, it takes quite a while for the castor to penetrate the surface.
- Metal barriers to forbid moles and gophers from entering your yard. Steel is not inexpensive but if 16" of steel is installed 12" into the soil surrounding your entire property, it will greatly reduce if not totally eliminate their activity. Although there are tasteful ways of installing 16" of steel in your lawn, it does require totally re-landscaping in most cases. These projects would generally start out at a few thousand dollars.
Although we've included information below on live traps, in the case of gophers and moles we believe there aren't any humane, cost effective alternatives at this time other than landscape modification and barriers.
If You Live In Tulsa
If you live in the Tulsa, Oklahoma are and you want lethal mole or gopher removal, and you fully understand that we are referring you to somebody who is not an employee or associated with our company, please call Robert Hendricks at 918-519-1932.
If You Live In The Oklahoma City Area
If you live in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area and you want lethal mole or gopher removal, and you fully understand that we are referring you to somebody who is not an employee or associated with our company, please call The Gopher Girls at 405-313-3963.
Fun Facts About Moles
Moles are perfectly adapted
for their life underground
- Moles have very poor eye sight and feed mainly on worms and insect larvae. A single mole will typically consume 45-50 lbs of worms and insects every year.
- Moles find their food by senses of touch and smell.
- Moles travel through existing tunnels at about 80 feet per minute.
- Moles can dig surface tunnels at approximately 18 feet/hour.
- Male moles are called “boars”; females, “sows”; a group, a “labor”.
- The gestation period of moles is approximately 42 days, giving birth around March or early April to between three to five young.
- Moles are very territorial. Many or all of the tunnels seen
in any given yard can typically be from just one mole.
Fun Facts About Gophers
Gophers are rodents with a special
anatomy that works well underground
- Gophers use their long teeth to help build tunnels – to cut roots, loosen rocks and push soil away. A gopher’s teeth rest outside its lips so they can be used for tunnel building without opening its mouth.
- Gophers have pouches in their cheeks that they use to carry food, hence the term “pocket” gopher
- Gophers are generally solitary creatures that prefer to live alone except for brief mating periods
- Gophers predators include snakes, owls, coyotes, weasels, badgers, bobcats and even herons.
- To protect themselves from predators, adult gophers will usually peek out of their hole briefly before exiting to make sure the way is clear, then leave only momentarily before quickly darting back inside.
- As gophers build tunnels they create dirt mounds that wrap around about ¾ of the opening, the direction of the tunnel is usually off to the flat side of the mound === TUNNEL === m ))) < Dirt Pile
- Gophers and moles are both mammals, but they have different taxonomic classifications. Gophers are classified as rodents, members of the order Rodentia, moles are not rodents, they belong to the order Eulipotyphla which includes hedgehogs, moles and shrews.
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