Gophers are actually burrowing animals that usually cause huge damage in gardens as well as agricultural lands. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people dislike them. On the other hand, these animals are cute and play an important role in the environment. Aside causing destruction on gardens, they are known to cause harm to vegetation that they find in gardens which can decimate the whole crop in just a short period of time.
As a matter of fact, a big number of people who try to catch gophers will try to make use of lethal traps primarily because the issues raised by catching live gophers may introduce other problems. Likewise, dealing with mole problems, a lot of traps for gophers will have to be set in the tunnels they dug and even though gophers come to surface more often than moles, still, they are spending much of their time underground. The traps that are used usually would be triggered by gophers when it moves or tunnels into the trigger which snap shut. Normally, making use of edged jaw or blade in traps are quite popular to give a quick kill to these creatures. Basically, this is one of the most effective traps for gophers.
Nowadays, there are many people who are searching for non-lethal ways of catching and trapping gophers. Basically, you can find several traps in the market. These would be similar to cage trap except for a fact that it is in enclosed plastic tunnel where metal gate closes behind the gopher as soon as it steps into the trap. There’ve been numerous efforts invested to adapt lethal traps by making use of rubber covers in turning them into traps that hold the animal in place. Unfortunately, they are just ineffective.
Most people who are seeking ways to trap gophers will have to put the traps at the entrance of burrow or near it. This is due to the reason that it’s where it’ll likely trigger the trap. Lethal traps are normally designed to be quite effective in any section of the gopher tunnel but there are humane traps that are designed specifically to be placed at end of the burrowed tunnel of the gopher. Naturally, gophers are plugging their burrow and this could be identified by the small circular patch of land within usual mounds of dirt that are very common among gophers. By placing tube traps in the area, the gopher will try plugging the hole with earth and this will cause the end of the tube to close and trap the other end.
Many trappers won’t opt in baiting a gopher trap because the success rate isn’t that high. There are people who use foods like lettuce, apple or peanut butter to lure the gopher into the trap. Similar to other rodents, gophers are also known to carry diseases such as rabies. So minimizing contact with the animal is highly recommended. Some people even grip the scruff of neck to make sure that it can’t bite them while being held.