Ventura County Gopher Service

Gopher removal service protects your property from the devastating damage by gophers and moles. Our Ventura County residential treatment for gophers uses no poisons and is safe for kids, dogs, cats and other wildlife. We use unique and safe approaches for gopher control with the best guarantee of anyone around.

Our normal approach for gopher control for both residential and commercial gopher removal is a combination of trapping and gas injection. We do not use the normal poison bait which is strychnine or gopher poison similar to that of rat poison. We have found their effectiveness is limited and the danger to pets and other wildlife is great.

Instead we start out by setting traps in the gopher tunnels near recent gopher activity. These traps are placed inside the gopher’s tunnel with irrigation flags marking their location. We will normally let the traps sit for 1-7 days depending on schedule, weather and the technician’s recommendation. When we come to Ventura area residence retrieve the traps all the dead gophers will be removed from the tunnels.

We will then use our carbon monoxide machines to inject carbon monoxide gas into the gopher tunnels killing any other gophers in the tunnel including any young in the nest. Using two different methods such as these gives excellent gopher control allowing us to give the best guarantee for gopher control.

Why not use gopher poison?

While many poisons are available for controlling gophers few of them work well at all. Even the professional strength of gopher poison available to us, a licensed pest control company, is limited in its effectiveness. Strychnine is reported to be only 50-60% effective as a standalone method of gopher control. Our experience with these poisons is slightly better than that but still not up to our standards.

Besides gopher poison not having good control it is also very dangerous to pets and wildlife not to mention a child. Sometimes gophers will push poison out of their tunnels if they do not intend to eat it (this is common). When the gopher bait is pushed above ground it is now exposed for anyone (child, pet, other wildlife) to consume the deadly poison. This poison has no antidote and kills in about 30 minutes.

The other way for exposure to the poison would be if a dog digs into the tunnel going after the gopher and digs down into the bait. Don’t let companies fool you, the tunnels are not several feet down. The tunnels are 2-8″ down and easy to dig since the tunnel is already dug out it makes the amount of soil to remove minimal. The last common way for your pet or wildlife to get poisoned by gopher bait is by eating a dead or dying gopher that consumed the bait.

The bait is still in the gopher’s stomach and when your dog eats the gopher he is also eating the gopher bait. If you have dogs it is highly recommended to not use gopher bait and do not let a pest control company tell you it is safe – its not.

Why use traps for removing gophers?

We have used many methods for gopher control for our customers over the years. The main reasons to use trapping as a primary method of gopher pest control is it works extremely well and is pet-safe, child-safe, wildlife-safe. There is no doubt when you pull out a gopher that you have removed the problem.

Why use carbon monoxide to exterminate gophers?

We know customers want their gopher problem fixed right away. When we follow our trapping program with a carbon monoxide treatment we have now used totally separate method utilizing a different technology to ensure the best chances of full gopher extermination for Ventura and surrounding areas.

The carbon monoxide floods the gopher burrow system with an unlivable environment which only requires them to breath as a method of control. The entire system which is connected by tunneling is filled with this deadly gas in about thirty seconds and will eliminate gophers within the tunnels including young in the nest. Once the machines are turned off the gas quickly dissipates out of the gopher tunnels.

People and pets above ground are unaffected by the gasses down in the tunnel. Our machines are registered and approved by EPA and State of California regulations for everyone’s safety.

What is the Guarantee?

We have the best guarantee of any company we know about. Our standard guarantee is 60 days. This means during your guarantee period if you see any further activity you can call us out at no charge to you and we will re-treat the area.

What about monthly service?

We offer regular maintenance for residential and commercial properties. This is normally done on a monthly basis which consists of us coming to your property once per month walking the entire area and treating the gopher activity. If gopher activity is seen in between visits we can be called out to take care of it so you do not have to wait until your next visit. This minimizes the damage they do and keeps you as gopher free as possible. We will either do an extra visit or perform the next visit early depending how close your next visit is scheduled.