At this writing, summer is at the half way mark and as temperatures continue to rise across the country, actually the globe overall, the summer months are getting longer, especially in the northern hemisphere. This climate change impacts not only your air conditioner bill but plants and animals begin to adapt, in most cases, die off. Zeroing in on your property, this increased temperature will likely cause either more roots in the ground for gophers to gnaw on or perhaps more grubs and worms to feed moles. However it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to set more Cinch Traps. Usually with the extended warmth, water becomes scarce and moles and gophers are scavenging to find a meal filled with water and nutrients. Gophers live underground and they rely on roots to gather their daily intake and wreak havoc in your yard.
Many wonder how to prevent them from even getting to your property in the first place. Simply setting traps may catch the little buggers eventually but there’s a few common sense things you can do in addition to trapping. Here are some noteworthy tips to do in the yard and around the house:
- Make sure any entry points for utilities and pipes are sealed and caulked.
- Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.
- Replace weather-stripping on doors and windows.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.
- Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
- Repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
Always feel free to visit our Gophers and Moles page on the site to see the differences between the two. By keeping tabs on the items above, you can still envision a beautiful lawn and a place to call home…pest free!