What you will find in this web site, is basic identification and general information on the pests that Gopher It deals with here on the beautiful central coast. If you can't quiet tell which issue you are having it's not a problem! Just give us a call @ (805)260-7785.
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Pocket Gopher mounds can be described as non symmetrical. Typically in a half moon shape and showing a circular opening or hole plug. The dirt is usually fine in texture.
The highly destructive CA Ground Squirrel burrows openings are usually 4-6 inch open holes unless it is mating season. The burrow system will have multiple entrances withing a few feet of each other. Hide holes are single hole openings along a foraging path.
Moles are usually easy to spot with their raised hunting tunnel ridges running along the top of the soil. A mole mound is always closed in the middle and the dirt is more coarse and clods are present. The mounds resemble mountains.
Voles typically take over old mole and gopher tunnels. The burrows and tunnels have many openings and are all interconnected. the grass or foliage will typically be eaten to the root in a circle around the hole openings.
Norway Rats nests can be a little tricky to spot. They are usually identified by their fecal matter. They can burrow or build a nest above ground with sticks and other available materials.Most nests are typically under boards, wood piles, etc. or by a tree with a large mound of sticks. They also live under and in the walls of homes.
Gopher It does not use anticoagulant bait boxes for Rats. We have a No Pesticide quick and humane certified product at our disposal.
The typical mouse has a wide range of nests from subterranean, in rocks, walls or with any available materials. Identification is usually made by fecal matter, damage or a sighting.
Gopher It does not use anticoagulant bait boxes for Mice. We have a No Pesticide quick and humane certified product at our disposal.
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Pocket Gophers love the Central Coast. They have the perfect climates here to continue their destruction year around. With mostly easy soils that allow them to do a lot damage quickly.
There are 5 different kinds of pocket gophers native to CA. In our area the most common is the T. Bottae. The life span is about 3 years and they can get fairly large up to 12 inches. They begin reproducing in the first year of life with the average litter size being 5-7. The gestation period is really short at 19 days. The young stay with their mother for a month before she kicks them out.
In dry non irrigated areas its typical for only one reproduction cycle to occur per year. But it's pretty common on the central coast to see 3 cycles a year.
Gophers are very solitary animals keeping to their own burrows unless mating or caring for the young. Their burrows can be up to 2,000 square feet. They feed on plant's vegetation, roots and bark. It's not uncommon to see gophers above ground grabbing snacks before heading back under ground. They also will pull full plants into their tunnel systems. And I mean full plants! A 6 foot shrub in one case. Some research says they only venture 6-12 inches from the hole. But I have literally seen them running across roads, landscapes, patios and the list goes on.
A fun little fact, the pocket gophers lips are on the inside of it's teeth allowing them to dig through tough soils with their mouths closed!
The CA Ground Squirrel is a interesting critter in our area. With mild winters, hibernation is short which increases mating season. Able to start reproducing at a year of age the mating season can start as soon as January and runs through July/August. typically one litter per year. The gestation period is 28 days. The litter can be as small as 1 or as large as 15. Average being 5-8. The young emerge from their burrows around 6 weeks of age.
CA ground squirrels typically feed on seeds, vegetation and insects. They are also known to eat each other, gophers, snakes and whatever else they can get their hands on. Squirrels can live up to 6 years.
As a extremely smart and efficient digging machine, they can infest a large area rapidly if left untreated.
If you are out looking at these burrows BE VERY MINDFUL OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. RATTLESNAKES MAYBE PRESENT NEAR THE BURROW OPENINGS! They are such a common predator to the squirrels that some groups actually begin to produce resilience to the venom after the first month of life.
Ground squirrels should be handled with care. They are a common carrier of the plague and a host of other diseases. It is illegal to relocate a dead or living squirrel.
Moles are commonly referred to as rodents, but they are actually Mammals! Moles are a common problem in irrigated soils and landscapes through out coastal CA.
Their food sources are Worms, Grubs and other subterranean Invertebrates. Rarely does a mole consume plant material but can still hurt or kill plants and lawns due to lifting of the plant/roots allowing over oxygenation or decreased irrigation.
Moles are solitary and rather violent towards each other. Unless its mating season if a mole encounters another, they fight to the death in some cases.
Mating maturity is reached at 10 months and only one breeding cycle per year. The Mating season is February to April with a gestation period of 4-6 weeks. At 4-6 weeks of age, the mother kicks the pups from her nest never to be seen again under friendly circumstances. The typical litter size is 2-7 and their lifespan is up to 4 years.
Moles can have a hunting ground up to 2.4 acres per mole. They swim trough the ground rather quickly because of the thumb sized tunnels and huge paddles for hands. They consume their body weight in worms, etc. each day and are active year round in most places on the Central Coast.
Voles are also known as Meadow Mice, they are fast little mammals that can destroy gardens and lawns. With rapid reproductive maturity at 40 days, Voles can infest a property quickly. Up to 3000-6000 per acre in heavy population years. They will breed 5-10 times a year producing 3-6 offspring each time. The life span of a Vole is 1 year.
The one saving grace is that Voles are horrible climbers, saving many structures from infestation.
The Vole's diet consists of a lot of different vegetation and bark and they are active day and night.
The Norway Rat is commonly misidentified as a Roof Rat. The easier way to tell the two apart, Norway Rats are larger and darker with shorter tails then their body length. In most cases Norway Rats are usually only in basements or the ground floor of structures. Their fecal matter is dark versus the Roof Rats light tan fecal matter. Roof rats are a little lighter and so is their fecal matter. They are typically live in Trees, Hedges, Attics or above the ground floor. Their tales are longer than their body length.
At some point in time we have all had contact with Mice. I won't go into too much detail about Mice other than their fecal matter is dark and they nest just about anywhere available to them. If you have any questions about Mice just give us a call at (805)260-7785.