How To Identify Pocket Gopher Problems

Pocket Gopher Description

Pocket Gopher

Depending on the species, Pocket gophers are typically between 5 and 14 inches long. They are known for their external cheek pouches 

("pockets") that are used for carrying food and materials for nesting. Pocket gophers are well-equipped for burrowing, with large claws for digging on their front paws, and lips that close behind four large incisor teeth, keeping dirt out of their mouths while digging. Being burrowing animals, they are not often spotted above ground, but are sometimes seen pushing dirt out of a burrow or moving to a new area.

Pocket Gopher Habitats

Pocket gophers thrive in areas with loose, sandy soil with edible plants, like lawns and crop fields. It's easy to spot a pocket gopher's presence by the large mounds of fresh soil that they generate while creating their burrowing systems. Mounds appear most often in non-irrigated areas during spring or fall, and can appear all year round in irrigated, landscaped areas. Pocket gopher mounds are often confused with mole mounds; mole mounds are more circular than gopher mounds, and volcano-shaped from the profile. Pocket gopher mounds are crescent shaped when viewed from above, and have a hole off to one side of the mound.

Pocket Gopher Entry

Yards, gardens, and flower beds are all possibilities for Pocket gophers to create burrowing systems. They will feed on garden crops (herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.), decorative plants, vines, and shrubs, and can wreak instant havoc on landscaping. Mounds can damage lawn mowing equipment.  Pocket gophers can also chew through lawn sprinkler systems and plastic water lines, and their burrows can divert irrigation water, causing soil erosion. Our pocket gopher removal professionals will assess the problem and take the necessary steps to not only humanely remove the pocket gophers from your yard or land but also repair damaged areas and reduce the possibility of future pocket gopher invasion.

What To Do Before A Pocket Gopher Specialist Arrives


Contact a Pocket Gopher Specialist

Pocket gopher removal services at Wildlife Management Services should be contacted as soon as a pocket gopher issue is identified.

What To Expect Once A Pocket Gopher Technician Arrives

Pocket Gopher Trapping and Removal

Our Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your pocket gopher problem. We have a variety of pocket gopher removal techniques, that ensure the solution to your pocket gopher issue. Our pocket gopher removal professionals are trained in pocket gopher removal, pocket gopher trapping, pocket gopher control and in how to identify pocket gophers and pocket gopher problems and prevent future pocket gopher damage.

Pocket Gopher Damage

Pocket gophers have potential to destroy landscaping, lawns, gardens and crop fields, as well as plastic water lines and underground sprinkler systems. You'll be able to spot pocket gopher mounds and burrows easily by their horseshoe shape and a hole off to one side of the mound.

Pocket Gopher Problem Prevention and Repair

Upon pocket gopher removal, a pocket gopher expert will assess any damage to your yard, garden, or field and identify other potential pocket gopher entry points.


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