I buy the Gopher bait. It is seeds of some kind treated with poison.
I find the easiest way to use it is to get one of those gopher probes that you plunge into the ground. When you feel the rod pop through into their tunnel, you twist a little lever on the top and seeds are dispensed into the tunnel.
May take a little while but eventually they find it and eat the poison. All the seed is underground so birds won't get it.
Here is a link to show you what they look like so you can find one at your local store.
Good tips here:
scroll down to the section on baiting
Amazing what you can find searching the web.
On Jul 20, 2007, at 10:39 AM, Dana Brown wrote:
You may have already tried this but, there is a commercial grade pesticide made just for this. It is pellets and is tremendously strong. We recently had some one sprinkle some in their home here in Lubbock, and the entire family ended up in the emergency room with one fatality from the fumes. The chemical is phostoxin and you have to be a licensed applicator to use/get it.
----- Original Message ----From: Vicki <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 12:12:36 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] GOPHER damage
Hi Ann and Ellen,
Ann, We have over a half acre in iris and it is broken up into three different areas on our 1 2/3rd acre. I don't think chicken wire would work. Ellen, I think the gophers are unaffected to any poison in the rhizomes. They have destroyed several iris so far this year and nearly wiped out one large section of our garden last year when Jim was so ill.
So hopefully, someone will have another suggestion. Oh, yes we have tried the traps, too.
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