Pocket Gophers in Yamhill and Washington Counties
Pocket Gophers are a subterranean rodent, native to North and Central America and are notably, widely considered the most destructive underground animal in your yard. They survive below the surface by creating a series of tunnels in which to travel, sleep, eat and breed—gophers hoard their food in and utilize their tunnels as protection from predators. Their search for food is constant and regularly results in fresh mounds throughout a yard and tunnels all through it.
Despite their harmless appearance, these creatures can be quite destructive; above ground, their holes can be tripping hazards and below ground there’s a whole list of problems. From simply destroying root systems for trees and other plants, ruining water lines and sprinklers to creating very dangerous situations by burrowing through underground utility cables. Gophers can prove to be more than simply inconvenient and really should be dealt with professionally.
Its important to determine if a pocket gopher is the problem in your yard. Usually, a tunnel system is only occupied by one gopher at a time and it creates mounds of soil as it surfaces to find more food–or even a mate, depending on the season. Calling and expert to inspect these mounds, and to look for signs of infestation is the first step in making your garden or yard safe again. Despite the visual cues, gophers can be elusive—while you look for one, it could have moved on to any other tunnel in its “gopher town.”
Moles in Yamhill and Washington Counties
Moles are mammals who live underground—some species have different soil and habitat preferences than others, but largely they look for a home which is rich in food and offers ground easy to dig through. They are quite small, only about five to eight inches in length and often not weighing more than five ounces. The whole of a mole is packed into a soft, cylindrical body with short hind legs and powerful fore legs meant for burrowing through the earth.
These creatures “swim through the earth” closer to the surface than gophers and leave a destructive wake of tunnels between 6 and 12 inches from the top. Moles are massive eaters and can consume their own weight in worms, beetles, snails or other bugs in a day. This process can result in dangerous trip hazards in the yard and is catastrophic to gardens as any plant, flower, or shrub in their path is destroyed. Not to mention, depleting your yard of beneficial worms, which can make the soil less hospitable to your garden.
Moles are active all year long and can be on the move any time of day—though they may dig a little deeper in the winter to find deeper burrowing prey. However, their mating season is fairly predictable and happens usually in the spring—the babies grow quickly though, and after only 4 to 6 weeks, the newest brood is already on the move to create their own tunnels and burrows.
If its suspected that there might be a mole in the yard, its best to have a professional come out to inspect the area and interpret which critter might be destroying your property. Moles can create extensive systems of feeding tunnels as fast as one foot per minute—because every tunnel is a possible access point for more food, the mole monitors them all year long. Call now to discuss options to determine if moles are your problem and to control that problem.