There are a number of ways to control underground pests. You could choose from trapping and flooding to poison. However, I prefer using a granular form of my favorite repellent: castor oil. This natural solution does an excellent job of controlling gophers. But there are more of them. Keep reading and find out natural solutions for controlling gophers and keep your garden intact.
1. A gophers bait
Blend together 1/4 cup castor oil, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, and 2 tablespoons liquid dish detergent. Use a blender to mix them properly. Add 6 tablespoons of water and blend it again. Put the solution in a sealed container and keep it in storage until you see a fresh mound appear. When you are ready, add 2 Tablespoons of the original solution with 1 gallon of water and mix well. Either use a spray bottle or simply dump the solution out onto the problem area. Pour it down the gophers’ holes, as well as along the top of the tunnels and around the mounds of dirt.
2. Homemade gophers traps
Another of the home remedies to rid gophers from your yard is making an instant trap. It takes a little time, but it will be worth it. When you notice the gophers, follow them. Take a shovel and stick it in the dirt directly in front of where the tunnel is heading. As soon as the gophers get to that shovel, stick another shovel in the ground directly behind where the gophers should be. This should trap them, and they will start to dig up and out. Place a large bucket or garbage can upside down over the area so that when the gophers come out, you can scoop it up and haul it away.
3. Underground Fencing
Set up underground fences around the perimeter of the garden bed. This works best if you have a small backyard or if your garden bed is isolated to one area of the backyard. The underground fence should be at least two feet deep.