Do Gophers & Moles Hibernate?

December 17, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, gophers and moles DO NOT hibernate in the winter months. 


Gophers feed on the roots of grasses and plants and can cause damages to lawns, fields, crops, plants, and trees.  During the cold winter months they can tunnel deeper below the frost line continuously feeding and damaging properties.

Gophers are active all year-round but the winter months, before they begin to reproduce, are the best time to take preventative measures.  Even if the current gopher population is eradicated, yards can become re-infested.  Treating in the winter months can help keep your gopher population down so that it’s less of a problem in warmer months.

Moles are actually very active in the winter.  They tunnel deeper underground, eating as many worms and insects as they can, causing even more damage to your yard.  Moles tend to be in wetter environments since they eat worms, so the rainy season makes them more active, tunneling 17 feet a hour in your property eating as many worms as they can find.


dirt mounds on grass

mole gopher destroyed garden walkway


If you are on our ongoing program we can treat up to 20 feet into accessible open space around your property during the colder months of the year. This allows us to keep the population of critters down so that when summer arrives, there should be less activity in your precious landscape.

Our program consists of 8 unprompted visits throughout the year.  If you see critter activity in between visits, please call us at (925) 676-6021 and we will send a technician out within 2 business days to address the activity that you report to us.

Regular maintenance visits throughout the year is the best way to keep your critter activity as low as possible.

Please feel free to contact us at Gopher Team if you have any further questions or concerns!