Parks to Parkways –
Get home turf advantage
Man-oh-man! Nothing freezes you in place—mouth agape, like the sight of gopher mounds in your lawn! Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, feeding on many garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Troublesome gophers can chew through the roots of your shrubs, wreak havoc on your lawn and even potentially damage buried utility cables or PVC pipes. If the gophers, moles or ground squirrels in your yard need a little attitude adjustment, then call Janus Pest Management today. From municipal parks to residential parkways–Janus gives you the home turf advantage!
Successful elimination depends primarily on locating the main burrows. To find the burrow runways, we begin probing the soil from within a foot or so from the plug side of the mound, with a special tunnel probing tool. New gopher activity in a yard is often identified by darker, moist soil that got kicked up from deeper below the sod line. Fresh mounds that are visible above ground, are the gopher’s plugged openings to their lateral tunnels. The rate of mound building is highly variable. A single gopher can create an average of up to 3 mounds per day—up to 75 mounds per month.
Typical elimination methods used by Janus Pest Management include but not limited to baiting, trapping and burrow fumigation. We select the method that is most affordable, practical and effective for each condition .
Qualified Licensed Professionals
Janus Pest Management services both residential and commercial clientele and are fully accredited by the County of Los Angeles Agricultural Commission to render pest control services in three categories:
- (A) Residential, Industrial and Institutional
- (B) Landscape Maintenance
- (C) Right-of-Way
Stuff That Carl Spackler Knows
Since gophers and moles spend most of their time underground, they are seldom ever seen. So, one of our best identification methods, is to inspect and identify the shape of the dirt mounds that indicate which underground pest is producing the activity. Pocket gophers may construct one to three feeding mounds per day, shoveling dirt out to the surface, forming crescent or fan-shaped mounds. This helps distinguish them from mounds made by moles, which are conical or volcano shaped.
Moles are loners and occupy a large home range — two to five moles per acre is common. Moles breed in early spring with the female moles gestation period lasting about a month. The female mole then gives birth to between 2 and 6 mole pups. The mole pups are usually completely independent within a month after birth. The average lifespan of a mole is about 4 years but some species of mole have been known to live until they are 6 or 7 years old. Moles burrow just beneath the surface, blindly “swimming” through their hunting tunnels searching for worms, grubs and other insects. The soil is usually pushed up to form ridges so that the runway is seen on the surface. To decide which runways are active, we poke a small hole in the runway. An active runway is repaired within a few hours.
Ground squirrels are easier to find. They forage above ground during the day and will chirp to communicate. The larger softball sized borrow entrances stay open and have significant tailings leading from them. They live in colonies with several ground squirrels per burrow system. Ground squirrels hibernate in the winter with males surfacing earlier than the females, usually in February. Their season extends from February until the food supply is gone—usually into August or September. They will usually have one litter a year numbering from 4 to 10 kits but can multiply into a sizable dray at a very rapid rate that occasionally exceeds 100 rodents per acre. They typically forage up to 100 feet from their burrow opening eating primarily green surface foliage that tends to denude the immediate area around their burrow openings.