Primary Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall

Gophers are burrowing rodents notorious for creating intricate networks of tunnels beneath lawns, gardens, and fields. Gophers are recognized for their digging habits and distinctive appearance. They are small to medium-sized rodents with short legs, strong claws, and a thick fur-covered body. Their fur varies in color from brown to gray, effectively camouflaging them against the soil they often burrow through.

Their habitats vary from grasslands to gardens, and they excel at creating complex tunnel systems beneath lawns and fields. These tunnels serve as shelter and access to their plant-based food sources. Gophers are easily identified by the mounds of soil they push up as they dig, and their constant digging disrupts soil structure, leading to soil erosion, damaged plants, and unsightly mounds on your well-manicured property. But why do these pesky rodents choose to invade your space?

Reasons for Gopher Infestations:

  1. Food Source: Gophers primarily feed on plant roots, grasses, and vegetation. Your lush garden and thriving landscaping offer an abundant food source that attracts these rodents to your property.
  2. Shelter and Safety: Gophers seek refuge from predators and harsh weather conditions in their tunnel systems. Your well-irrigated lawn and garden provide a conducive environment for their burrows.
  3. Breeding Grounds: Gophers reproduce rapidly, making your property an ideal location to establish colonies due to the abundance of food, shelter, and nesting areas.

Understanding the reasons for gopher infestations can help guide you toward effective prevention and management strategies to protect your property.

Preventing Gopher Infestations:

  1. Install Barriers: Create an underground barrier using mesh wire or hardware cloth to prevent gophers from tunneling into your garden beds.
  2. Amend Soil: Choose well-draining soil and avoid overwatering, as gophers are attracted to moist areas.
  3. Plant Gopher-Resistant Plants: Opt for plants that are less appealing to gophers, such as those with strong fragrances or tough leaves.
  4. Install Vibrators: Use sonic or vibratory devices that emit underground vibrations to discourage gophers from nesting.
  5. Regular Maintenance: Keep your property tidy by removing debris, mowing regularly, and minimizing areas with tall grass where gophers can hide.

If your efforts to prevent gopher infestations have failed and you're facing a gopher invasion, it may be time to seek professional help.

Madsen Method:

At Madsen Pest Management, our comprehensive approach to gopher control ensures effective eradication and long-term prevention.

  • Property Inspect

    The first step in our process involves a meticulous property inspection to assess your gopher situation.

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    Our skilled technicians will work on pinpointing the specifics of your gopher infestation and tailor a treatment strategy.

  • Gopher Treatment

    We’ll implement the treatment in your yard or outdoor area, employing the most effective techniques according to the custom-built plan.

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    Annual Control

    Gophers are persistent pests, making it almost impossible to eliminate them. Hence, the objective is to manage their population through annual treatments.


Gophers might be small, but their impact on your property can be significant. By understanding the reasons behind their infestations and taking proactive steps to prevent them, you can ensure your property remains lush, healthy, and gopher-free. Remember, with Madsen Pest Management by your side, you can say goodbye to gopher troubles and hello to a well-protected space.



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