Gophers & Moles
I live in north Texas and have a really big problem with gophers and moles. The gophers have chewed the roots off every rose and shrub that I have planted. Last summer I used chicken wire around the root ball and the gophers even came to the ground surface to eat at the stem. The moles love to burrow across the yard and have made a mess of the newly planted sod. What can I do to get rid of these pests??
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Hi
Thanks for your question. Well the first order of business is to discuss the difference between moles and gophers. Moles are  carnivores that dine on earthworms and grubs. They do not attack plants, but do make  earthen tunnels just under the surface of your yard in their pursuit of prey. Gophers, on the other hand are herbivores and will dine on the roots of plants. There are many folk remedies to get rid of these two pests, but sadly most of them do not work. Trapping can be effective with gophers, but does not work well with moles. However you might try  repellents designed just for them. You can find repellents for gophers and moles at www.messinawildlife.com I haeve not used these products myself, but I hear good things about them. FYI, if you have moles, they often disappear on their own when the weather heats up because their worm prey moves deeper underground. Gophers, however, can be a constant problem.

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