Editors note: The article that follows is typical of discussions I have had with many homeowners. In fact, it is taken from a recent email exchange. The names and locations have been left out to protect the innocent.
The points made here are important for anyone with this problem. Things like making the proper identification of the problem critter, following the label directions on all chemical products are very important steps in the safe elimination of such problems.
The questions and answers:
I need your assistance. Please give me a call to discuss my gopher situation.
I am not able to take on much new work at this time, but let me ask you a few questions, please. Are the creatures you are having problems with tunneling close to the surface and leaving small mounds, or are they tunneling deeply and leaving large, horseshoe-shaped mounds like a volcano with part of one side missing? The first type is moles,the second is gopher damage.
If it is moles, trapping is difficult, but using “Talprid” will work, and I would suggest following up with a treatment for grubs since that is usually what they are after.
If it is a gopher problem, trapping them is the best way to handle them, and the next most effective method is tunnel treatment with poison grain.
I have all but stopped doing this type of trapping and treatment since the cost of fuel makes it little better than a break even proposition, and most people already complain about the price, but I do make some exceptions in some exceptional circumstances.
Sorry that I missed your calls yesterday. We were having work done in our back yard and I was tied up with the workers. Anyway, yes, it is apparent that I have moles, not gophers. I have always heard that the worms etc do not work, so that is why I haven’t tried them. Do they sell this Talprid anywhere in the area? I have started grub treatment about a month ago and have applied heavily two weeks apart. I don’t see that it has slowed down at all. What makes matters worse, is that due to a miscommunication, I have had ½ yard re-sodded. I am willing to try Talprid, as it seems as if I have tried everything else. I see its available online readily.
Thanks for your help