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Gopher Removal Cost

Gopher Removal Cost

National average
$600
(setting traps and making several trips to remove gophers and repair moderate damage to the yard)
Low: $250

(baiting gophers and repairing minor damage to yard)

High: $1,000

(using fumigants to remove gophers and repairing major yard damage)

Cost to remove gophers varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

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Gopher Removal Cost

National average
$600
(setting traps and making several trips to remove gophers and repair moderate damage to the yard)
Low: $250

(baiting gophers and repairing minor damage to yard)

High: $1,000

(using fumigants to remove gophers and repairing major yard damage)

Cost to remove gophers varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

The average cost of removing gophers is $600.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Gophers?

Gophers do not set out on a mission to destroy yards, but it can certainly happen while they are searching for food. Gophers can also attract predators and are likely carriers of fleas, ticks, and lice. It is best to act quickly and get the gopher removed from your yard as soon as you realize you have one.

There are many variables as to the final cost, including the method of removal, the size of the property, the amount of gophers, difficulty of the terrain, and the number of trips it takes to solve the problem. The average cost to remove gophers ranges from $500-$700, with the average homeowner spending around $600 to remove gophers by setting traps, checking them several times, and repairing moderate damage to the yard.

Gopher Removal

Gopher removal costs
National average cost$600
Average range$500 - $700
Minimum cost$250
Maximum cost$1,000


All About Gophers

Gophers are small rodents that are bigger than mice, but smaller than rats. They range in size from 5 to 14 inches. Gophers are solitary animals, it is rare to have more than one in a one-acre space unless a mother has babies. They are found in North and Central America. These animals are vegetarians and munch on roots and shoots. Gophers live most of their lives underground, chewing up anything in their path (even utility lines) and creating a tunnel system and burrows. This network of tunnels can create sinkholes in your yard that are both an eye-sore and can make it dangerous.

Signs of Having a Gopher Infestation

The most common sign of a gopher infestation is mounds appearing on your property. The gopher will create tunnels underground and then use the mounds to get back to the surface. These mounds are usually fan-shaped and have a small plug of loose soil. Other signs of gophers include damage to plants and trees. Gophers can munch on vegetables in the garden and ruin trees. Keep an eye out for damaged tree roots if you suspect a gopher infestation. Gophers also prefer certain plants, such as nutsedge and clover. If these are growing all over your yard, they could be very inviting to a gopher.

Removal vs Extermination

Some people feel a personal desire to not harm a gopher, while others just want them gone by whatever means necessary. Exterminating a gopher means that they will not be able to come back or bother anyone else. However, removal is the more humane option. Speak with a professional about available methods and tactics to find the best option for your property and personal preferences.

TypeProsCons

Removal

($150-$500)

More humane

Less labor intensive

No harmful side effects

Very effective

Gopher may tunnel on a different property after release

Extermination

($150-$300

Easy and efficient

Could poison a predator that eats the deceased gopher

Deceased gopher could harm a family pet

Dead gophers might contaminate the soil and eventually poison food or water

Extermination products are dangerous to your health


Health Risks

Gophers carry many diseases, such as leptospirosis, rabies, hantavirus, monkeypox, and plague. Children and the elderly are at especially high risk for complications if bitten by a gopher. These animals are also carriers of fleas and ticks, which can be transmitted to outdoor pets and then brought into the home. The tunnels and burrows can also lead 1 to sinkholes and unstable ground, causing people to trip and fall in your yard.

House Damage

In addition to potential health risks, gophers can also cause a large amount of damage to a property. They can destroy lawns, plants, and tree roots. Gophers can chew through irrigation lines, making them less effective, and utility lines, possibly interrupting service or causing unsafe conditions. The tunnels can also lead 1 to erosion of the soil and make irrigation watering ineffective. Gopher populations can also grow quickly. In an area with a lot of water, females may produce up to three litters per year. Each litter usually has five or six young. They only stay with the mother for a few weeks, but then venture out nearby to create their own burrows.

Removal Methods

Removing gophers without harming them is always a hard task. The most used humane method is luring them into live traps and releasing them a safe distance from your property. This method is effective and will not damage your soil, people, or pets because no chemicals are used. The downside of it is that, if not released far enough away, the gopher may return or become a nuisance at someone else’s home. Trapping gophers costs $140 for the initial inspection and setting up traps, plus $60 for each visit to remove animals.

After removal, preventative maintenance can be done using repellants, for $50 to $100, which help keep them away for longer. These include castor oil, garlic stakes, ultrasonic devices, peppermint oil, fabric softener sheets, coffee grounds, and plants such as marigolds, lavender, rosemary, and salvia. Since they are mostly natural, these will not negatively impact the environment, but it’s also true that their effectiveness is not as high as with other chemical methods.

There are also some methods that professionals will use to get rid of gophers, but that are likely to hurt them in some way. Baiting ($150-$300) uses poison, which consists of either anticoagulants or acute toxins. Anticoagulants require multiple feedings, but acute toxins are often restricted due to their harm to other animals and the environment. Fumigants kill the gopher by releasing poisonous gas into the tunnels and they are also bad for the environment. Have a professional come to your home to assess the situation and find the best solution for your needs.

Labor

Gopher removal is best handled by a professional. No matter the method, professionals understand gophers and their tunnel systems. They will know how to best place traps and repellents, and how to handle poison and fumigants Costs will vary by location and each company will handle pricing their own way. Some may have all-encompassing packages for dealing with gophers, while others may charge a fee per hour or per visit, usually around $50.

Prevention

Prevention and early detection are key to keeping the impact of a gopher infestation at a minimum. Gophers generally do not like dry, sandy terrain, as their tunnels cave in without moisture. Deep-tilling the soil can also scare away gophers and destroy their tunnel system and mounds. Keep the ground clear of vegetative cover, especially clover and nutsedge. Watch for gopher activity during the fall and spring, as this is the most active tunnel-building time for gophers. Check near low-growing plants or ground cover for the presence of mounds. Use plants such as marigolds, lavender, rosemary, and salvia in the border around your garden and along the fenceline to deter gophers. Consult a landscaper for more ideas.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Mesh Barriers

Dig down one to three feet (the farther down, the more likely to keep gophers out), all the way around your garden or lawn and insert mesh barriers. These barriers will keep gophers from tunneling into your garden. Using raised beds in addition to the mesh barriers will also help keep gophers out. The cost for wire mesh is about $14 per linear foot.

Using Plants That Repel Gophers as a Garden Border

Plant a border around your garden that consists of plants that gophers do not like. These include marigolds, lavender, salvia, and rosemary. Consult a landscaper for help with choosing plants and getting them in the ground. The average cost of softscaping is $11 per sq.ft.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Permits and licenses. It is best to use a licensed pest control company for gopher removal. Many products used to exterminate gophers also require a permit or at least that they are handled by a licensed professional. Some states also do not allow the use of some poisons and chemicals. The city should be contacted to locate lines if there has been extensive damage to underground utilities. A permit may be required if extensive yard repair is required.
  • DIY. It is not a good idea to try to get rid of gophers yourself. Professionals who know about gophers, proven methods for removal, and how to properly handle potentially dangerous substances are needed.
  • Damage restoration. It is very important to repair and restore any areas that have been affected by the gopher infestation. This will prevent, or at least slow down, another gopher from moving in. If there has been no damage to irrigation or utility lines, a pest control company or landscaping company can fill in the tunnels and burrows and plant grass seed for between $100 and $500, depending on the size of the space. If irrigation and utility lines have been damaged, the repairs will likely come close to $3,000.
  • Scare Tactics. This is another option for trying to keep gophers away. Scare tactics include noise and the illusion of predators. Windchimes and playing the radio loudly in or near their tunnels could scare away a gopher. Placing dog waste near the tunnels could also deter a gopher, as dogs are natural predators.

FAQ

  • How do I permanently get rid of gophers?

There are several methods available, including baiting, trapping, fumigants, gas explosive devices, repellants, and scare tactics. The most widely-used and successful methods are baiting and trapping.

  • Do coffee grounds repel gophers?

Yes, gophers find the smell of coffee grounds unpleasant. However, this method is unlikely to keep them away for good. It is best to contact a professional.

  • What smell do gophers hate?

There are many smells that gophers find unpleasant. These include coffee grounds, moth balls, dryer sheets, tabasco sauce, peppermint, castor oil, fish, and the droppings of their predators.

  • What eats a gopher?

Common gopher predators include weasels, snakes, hawks, cats, and dogs.

  • How do you fill gopher tunnels?

Remove the soil to find the bottom of the tunnel, usually between two inches and two feet down. Dig the entire length of the tunnel. Pour about one inch of gravel in the bottom of the tunnel and tamp it down. Fill in the rest of the tunnel with dirt and tamp it down again. Add more topsoil where needed and sprinkle fertilizer and grass seed according to the package instructions.

  • How do you catch a gopher alive?

Locate an active mound and then use a probe to find tunnels. After finding the tunnel, dig down and clear it out until it is big enough to hold a trap. Insert the trap and then cover it with sod, plywood 2, or another material to keep light out of the tunnel system. Set several traps in the tunnel system and check them in 24-48 hours. If nothing has been caught, move to a new tunnel system.

  • What is the best gopher repellent?

One of the best gopher repellents are solar powered ultrasonic pest repellers that release a sonic pulse into the soil that pests do not like. These cost about $45 for a pack of four.

  • Will cayenne pepper deter gophers?

Yes, sprinkle it into active holes or mix it with water to create a spray. However, this method is unlikely to keep them away for a long time. It is always a good idea to call a professional.

  • What is a gopher’s favorite food?

Gophers love fresh vegetable roots and stems.

  • What time of day are gophers most active?

Gophers are most active at night and in early afternoon.

  • How do I protect my garden from gophers?

Dig down one foot 3 around gardens and insert mesh gopher barriers. Raised beds also make it more difficult for gophers to gain access to your garden. Other methods include planting a border around your garden with plants that gophers do not like. These include marigolds, lavender, salvia, and rosemary.

  • Are there any plants that repel gophers?

Yes, there are some plants that gophers do not like, such as rosemary, marigolds, lavender, and salvia.

  • Does castor oil repel gophers?

Yes, many gopher repellents bought at the store contain castor oil. Castor oil pellets can also be placed in burrows to deter gophers. These repellents cost about $17 for a four-pound bag.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Allen Park, MI
+16%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buford, GA
+9%
Canton, MI
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chester, NH
+28%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dewey, AZ
-27%
Elgin, IL
+28%
Exton, PA
+18%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Hamilton, OH
-3%
Helendale, CA
-1%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lapeer, MI
-24%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lynn, MA
+19%
Mableton, GA
+10%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monticello, NY
-22%
Nashua, NH
+33%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Olathe, KS
+9%
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