frequently asked questions

answering our most


What if I have 8, 80, or 800 Gophers?

The great news is that gophers are actually quite territorial! They only cohabitate during breeding season (spring to early summer). Most of the time we only find between one to three on most properties. If you think you have a bunch, call us! Our expert technicians will be able to let you know how many critters they think are damaging your landscape!


When will the activity stop?

Whether you are utilizing our “one time” removal service or our ongoing program, we are going to be hunting wild animals so there is no guaranteed time period to control the activity on your property. This means that it is extremely common and expected to see new activity in between our visits. If you are using our one time service please mark any new activity with the yellow flags we leave behind for you and we will be sure to check these areas out on our follow up visit. If you are on our ongoing program please be sure to reach out to us whenever you see anything new and utilize your unlimited service calls!


How do you set the traps? Will it ruin my grass?

We set traps completely underground. Our ultimate goal is to protect your plants and landscape so we do everything we can to avoid damage. We do this by removing the soil we need in a plug or cork-like manner so as to not break the roots of the lawn or plants. We can then set our traps and put the plug right back into place. We are so good at this that we even have a hard time finding our traps without a map or our flags left to mark their location!


Are the traps/bait safe for my pets?

The traps are completely underground and are not baited so there is nothing that would attract your pet to the traps. Bait can pose a risk to pets but you will always be notified of when bait is used on your property and any special instructions for after our treatment! Most bait we use will be injected underground or placed within special stations so it will not be thrown out on the surface for pets or other animals to easily consume.


Is the program right for me?

Our ongoing Gopher, Mole, and Vole Control Program may be right for you if those pests keep appearing in your yard! We find that properties that back up to open space, a golf course, a creek, or a park will usually benefit from an ongoing program. This is because any place that critter activity goes unchecked will be a breeding ground for these pests. As the population increases and the un-landscaped soil dries out the gophers, moles, and voles will seek out your beautiful and desirable irrigated landscape for food and soft soil. We will need to clear up the initial critter activity using one our “one time” removal services before starting our ongoing program.


What about protecting other wildlife?

We started as a horticulture business so we do everything we can to protect the environment – including other wildlife and pets. For services that do require the use of poison we use all products as directed by the California EPA and DPR regulations. We also primarily control ground burrowing critters and therefore most of the action happens underground so it won’t be exposed to other predatory animals.


How do I prevent Gophers and Moles from coming back?

There is unfortunately no 100% guaranteed method for the prevention of gophers, moles, and voles. They are native to this area so we are living in their natural habitats. Sometimes a wire netting is installed under lawns, around plants, or as underground fences to work as a prevention method, however, even this is not completely effective. Read more about our thoughts on gopher netting here.