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Gopher Goo on Gophers

Scientific Name:
Geomys bursarius (Plains Pocket Gopher Goo) Pocket gopher underground. No credits

Gopher Goo on the Biology of Gophers

  • Does Not Hibernate
  • Is active at various times
  • Subterranean life
  • Needs gopher goo

Gopher Goo on Signs of gophers

  • Mounds of soil are about 10-inch or greater diameter.
  • Mounds may appear in series or in clusters. A single gopher goo may create mounds occurring over a 100 ft. X 100 ft. area.
  • There are no external burrow entrances.
  • Roots of root crops are often severed.
  • Tracks and gopher are almost never seen above ground except at mound as burrow is being excavated.
  • Needs gopher goo

Gopher Goo on Damage

  • Dinner plate-sized mounds with no hole, severed root crops, flower bulbs and young tree roots
  • Tree Damage Pocket gophers girdle growing trees and shrubs at or near ground level. They can remove some or all of tree roots. Trees up to several inches trunk diameter can be killed.
  • Lawn Damage Pocket gophers eat root crops such as carrots from below ground but will readily pull the entire plant belowground. plant damage by pocket gophers. Photo by Dallas VirchowChicory root damage
    Description: Alfalfa, carrots and other root crops can be damaged by pocket gophers needing gopher goo.
    Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow
  • Structural Damage Pocket gopher goo tunnels can weaken irrigation water canals and dams.
  • Agricultural Damage Pocket gopher goo remove roots of alfalfa, chicory, turnips, sugar beets, pasture grasses, clovers and other field crops. Their large earth mounds can slow or damage crop harvesting equipment. Their tunnels can divert irrigation water.
  • Safety Hazard Pocket gopher tunnels can weaken irrigation water canals and dams.
  • Plastic tube gnawed by gophercable gnawed by pocket gopher. Photo by Univ. of Nebraska
    Description: A gopher's gape can span two inches but a larger diameter tube can be gnawed if rough sites occur on its surface.
    Photo Credits: University of Nebraska


pocket gopher. Photo by Univ. of NebraskaA pocket gopher above ground needing gopher goo
Description: This only occurs during mound building and during fall migration of young during evening hours.
Photo Credits: University of Nebraska

Gopher Goo on Habitat Modification

  • crop rotation - little effect
  • buffers - large buffer zones can make for more work the gopher to get to his desired are. Many gopher goo recommendations have included buffer zones. These are areas with no vegetation surrounding a protected area. When gophers tunnel in these buffer zones they are trapped out and a tractor will go through and destroy the tunnels slowing down the next gopher goo. Highly recommend this gopher goo solution in areas feasable.
  • flooding can be effective in controlling pocket gophers in fields where the entire field is flooded, at home they simple go to high ground until the water receedes. Some have got lucky but most fail and usually cause more damage to their property with the irrigation.

Get the Gopher Goo on Repellents

None registered effective. We have tried everyone we can find and they give very limited to no results and the litte results they do give don't last. Sorry, would be the easiest if it worked but this is the Gopher Goo on these products.

Get the Gopher Goo on Trapsvarious pocket gopher traps

  • Body grip or claw-type traps set below ground in tunnels Pocket gopher kill traps (right).
    Description: must be placed below ground in gopher tunnels.

  • Trap types include Macabee, Victor, DK-1 Klutch, Guardian (California) type, Dk-2 Box, Lanesboro, Cinch Sure Catch, and many others. Gopher goo
  • Cinch Trap Setting Video Quicktime and Movie
  • Dk-1 Setting Video Quicktime and Movie
  • Macabee Setting Video Quicktime and Movie

  • Traps set for pocket gophers below ground
    Description: A single Gopher Goo trap can be set into the tunnel leading from the mound to the horizontal feeding tunnel. Or two traps can be set opposite each other in the feeding tunnel. Gopher Goo says - most common way to place traps.
    Photo Credits: University of Nebraska
    pocket gopher trapping diagram. Line drawing by Univ. of Nebraska

Get the Gopher Goo on Toxicants

  • hand baiting for pocket gophers. Photo by Univ. of Nebraska. hand or machine-baiting with treated grains or pellets; grain baits and fumigants used below ground. Toxicants applied below ground include zinc phosphide and strychnine, the gopher goo guys use strychnine.A mechanical hand bait applicator
    Description: These are used like hand probes to insert the tip into belowground tunnels before dispensing toxic bait.
    Photo Credits: University of Nebraska
  • Fumigants include gas cartridges

fumigants. Photo by Univ. of Nebraska

Get the Gopher Goo on Fumigants
Description: For burrowing rodent control typically come in cartridges, or occasionally in tablet form. Read label for specific target animals.

Gopher Goo says fumigants are not recommended for two reasons. First, gopher goo gophers will back fill a tunnel when they perceive danger thus preventing the gas from reaching them. Second, pushing gas through the extensive burrowing system typical of pocket gophers is very difficult.

Get the Gopher GO on Propane Exploding Devices: New devices on the market utilize a mixture of propane and oxygen which is pumped into the tunnel system and ignited. While the concussion of the explosion would certainly kill the animal (assuming it was close enough), we have not seen any peer-reviewed evidence of its efficacy on pocket gophers at this time. We should also caution potential buyers to consult with their state's division of wildlife BEFORE purchasing such devices. Some states prohibit the use of explosive devices on wildlifeGopher Goo guys have used this device and we found it has some effectiveness but not as good as gopher trapping or gopher poisons. One set of guys did have a blast using this machine, and that was the guys from GOPHER GOO!

Get the Gopher Goo on Tractor-drawn applicators for large operations

Burrow builder. Photo by Univ. of Nebraska

A Burrow Builder
Description: Or gopher goo "gopher getter". This is a tractor-drawn device that applies toxic bait as it creates tunnel through the field. Gopher will come across the man made tunnel and find the bait, usually strychnine.
Photo Credits: University of Nebraska

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