CINCH Traps Gopher Kit

Rated 4.33 out of 5 based on 81 customer ratings
(81 customer reviews)


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Our Gopher Trap Kit is perfect for the experienced trapper. The kit includes traps, flags and an instructional brochure. If you are new to gopher trapping we suggest you order our Deluxe Gopher Trap Kit that includes everything in this kit plus an instructional DVD, gloves, maintenance spray and a tool for clearing the tunnel. When purchasing a trap please choose the size that will fit snug into the diameter of the tunnels you have under the mound. *Please note that all CINCH Traps are handmade and can have size variances up to 1/4″.

CINCH Traps Gopher Trap Kit Includes:

  • Three CINCH Traps (please see the chart below for sizes)
  • Three yellow lawn flags
  • One instructional brochure

Gopher CINCH Traps Sizing:

  • Small: For tunnels approximately 2.25″ inches wide
  • Medium: For tunnels approximately 3″ inches wide
  • Large: for tunnels approximately 3.5″ inches wide

CINCH Traps Size Guide for Gophers*CINCH Traps are handmade so there are slight size variances with every unit.

CINCH Traps are the leaders in organic gopher control and have been a trusted American brand since 1909. All of our products are built to last year after year from American steel and are manufactured in the USA in Oregon. We take pride in our superior quality and customer service. Remember, if it’s not stamped “CINCH” then it is not the original!

  • CINCH Traps are quality crafted out of durable and long lasting galvanized steel making it simple to trap and kill gophers the first time.
  • There is no way a gopher will be able to steal this trap, it is designed to have one end wider than the hole so the gopher cannot pull it down the tunnel.
  • Designed so you can tell when the trap has been triggered without having to remove the gopher. You can easily release the trap and leave the dead gopher in the tunnel.
  • Includes lawn flags so you know right where your CINCH Traps are located on your property.


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81 reviews for CINCH Traps Gopher Kit

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry Davis

    A gopher has ben terrorizing our lawn for three weeks. When i saw him pop
    his head up and rip off a piece of the newly planted dymondia i was a little
    upset, but when he popped up and tore off a second huge piece and take it
    down below, i had more than enough. He has been eating it faster than it
    could grow. I tried other traps which didn’t work. The gopher just covered
    them with dirt. We didn’t want to resort to poison because of the dog and
    Your traps came last night and were put in the hole this morning. The
    little sucker popped one in the first 45 minutes, but i reset it and put it
    back. Five hours later i checked it. Trap was sprung and my former nemesis
    now is in gopher heaven. The traps are reset in case he has any friends in
    the area, but i think he was the main culprit.
    Thank you for saving the lawn,. Also thanks for making them in the USA.
    I feel better when i buy American goods. and they are made well enough to
    last, probably still be there for my kids when they grow up and have
    gophers.- Cinch Customer

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Write






  3. Rated 3 out of 5

    Geoff Sarkissian

    The gophers in Southern California are smaller than the ones plaguing other parts of the country. So the tunnels and holes they make are smaller. This makes the traps harder to set and less effective. They are too big for our purposes.

    The trap works fine, but we would not have purchased if we’d known this. Can’t blame the manufacturer, exactly, but we should have been given better information about use. This difference in animal size (say between West and Mid-West)is pretty well known in the industry, but we didn’t find out till after the traps were purchased.

    So I would recommend that you get the cinch traps for moles which are smaller, if you live in So. Cal.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Lemus

    BEST PRODUCT, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! The Cinch Traps are the best products I have ever purchased for the elimination of these pesky darn gophers! I tried all methods only to find that none of them worked! I tried flushing them out by sticking the garden hose down the hole with no luck! I tried with poison pellets with no luck either just to find the poison pellets pushed out along with dirt exposing them to my dogs. Enough was enough, I hated seeing my lawn being torn up.

    Upon receiving my traps I tested the functionality of them, overall they are pretty easy to use and set. To date I have killed a total of 5 gophers with the traps in a matter of less than a week. The Cinch traps are the quickest way to get rid of gophers look no further!!

    Great customer service, had two of my traps replaced!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    cinchtraps Customer

    my husband is very happy with these traps….they work better than the old traps he had and so far 100% accuracy in getting those little buggers. I highly recommend them.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Blackwell

    I just bought a 3 pack of these in the small size 2-1/4″ jaws. I’m in central California so our gophers are little smaller.

    I set one trap and within 1 hour I already had my first kill. AMAZING!! Make sure you know how big your gophers are, checkout some holes and use a measuring tape to determine the size, they have 4 different sizes for moles/gophers but its the exact same trap, just different jaw sizes.

    August 15th 2012: My brother was over we were chatting on the lawn, he noticed a fresh mound. We set the trap and 10 minutes later got a kill, the gopher was pretty much split in half.

    It’s no joke, these trap work. But make sure you don’t waste your time trying to put it in old mounds, especially if you have neglected your lawn for a while. Just be patient, wait for new activity, then set it and forget it.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    We have a dog and wanted a system that didn’t use any chemicals or bait. These traps are super easy to set and use with very good results.Simply expose the gofer hole in the center of the fresh mound of dirt and slide the set trap in. Anywhere from 15 minutes to about 2 hours you will have your gopher. Then simply release the dead gopher back in to the existing hole and bury it….unless you have a dog then you will want to bury it outside the fenced area.

    There are some great video tutorials on You tube for these traps that I watched prior to purchasing them. I haven’t been disappointed.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Byers

    best gopher trap I have ever used, I will never buy anything else, I have used them in the past and was very impressed then and still am.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    B. Naseath

    I tried every other trap I could find with no results. In the last two months, since I bought a 3-pack, I’ve trapped 8 gophers. In the picture I posted on the product page (if they show it), the smaller gopher is the normal size, about 6 inches long. The bigger one is the size of a ground squirrel! I bought the medium size traps. The secret is to move the trigger so it is barely engaged so they trip it easily. Also, at first I was waiting for them to leave a hole, but then every time I found a fresh mound, I just dug it up until I found the hole (or one going both directions which required two traps). These two both filled in the holes and buried the traps twice but I just kept digging them out and resetting them until I got both of them. I don’t know why the guy said they are too big for CA gophers. He probably wasn’t setting the trigger so it would go off easily.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    R. Beasley

    These are the only traps I have found that I can catch gophers and moles with. I’ve gotten 5 in the past month. Fantastic product. I’m an amateur mole and gopher getter and these work for me.

  11. Rated 3 out of 5

    P. Anderson “AgentAnderson”

    I have used my bare hands and other devastating traps to rid my garden of gophers, and this one, so far, is no different. In all instances, I was able to find the main hole, set up, and capture one within 6 hours (although I was lucky and caught one by hand within minutes), they all seem to work.

    The only difference is that I, too, am in Southern California and may have a different size gopher here. Once I saw that the trap was sprung, I pulled it out with a gopher trapped. Once I had the gopher clear of the hole and moving towards an open area, he/she fell out and took up a defensive stance near my lettuce. I was too excited to notice how far he was in the trap, but he got out once I moved it. Some other members mentioned about SoCal gophers being different sizes, so maybe I should have gone with the Small set (The set here is not labeled as Medium.)

    Also of note, the description says this is the Deluxe kit and you are supposed to get Gloves, DVD, and a Tunnel Clearing Tool, but you do not. You get 3 traps, 2 flags, and an instruction pamphlet. The tunnel clearing tool must be for opening up the hole so the trap actually fits. I did it by hand.

    Even though the gopher was flung free of the trap, it appeared that his/her back was broken and he will not make it through the night. Yes, he was caught. But the total misrepresentation of the product in the description is misleading (including the lack of measurements.) So for now it is an OK product. If I catch the other 2 gophers burrowing in my front yard, my opinion may change.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Best trap for gophers if you follow instructions and find active runs. Better than any varmit trap I have so far 10 varmits!

  13. Rated 2 out of 5


    There was no option when ordering from Amazon to choose a size. Medium was sent. Amazon description fails to mention this. I went to set a trap in a tunnel but it wouldn’t fit… too big. Trapping in central valley of California location.

    Update: Tried these medium traps again. I have to ream out the opening of the hole with a trowel. Set the three at separate locations.
    1st gopher was pinned down in front of jaws, not actually in it, and escaped down tunnel when I went to remove trap.
    2nd gopher was caught and killed around the waist. Probably a slow death. He measured 6 in. from snout to rump.
    3rd trap tripped with no catch, and hole was filled in. Gopher was probably too small for the trap.

    I have noticed in Youtube videos demonstrating the Cinch trap that the trigger wire is set closely in front of the jaws, about an inch. On these medium traps, the trigger wire is set about 3 inches in front of the jaws, allowing a smaller gopher to escape when the jaws snap behind it. I realized, they are actually using the small “mole” traps in these demos. Unfortunately they fail to mention this.

    If you’re trapping small garden variety gophers, get the small mole traps from another seller. I’m going to try to modify the trigger wire on these medium traps by adding a homemade extension, or by simply stretching out the wire spiral on the trigger piece. I must say the traps are very sturdy and the wires do not bend easily.

  14. Rated 3 out of 5

    Mike R

    Wasn’t sure what size to order so got medium, to big missed 3moles or gophers. Black Hole works as good.

  15. Rated 2 out of 5


    After spending 40 plus dollars on these traps, and digging up really huge holes in order to place the traps, got zero results after 3 weeks. Ended up getting cheaper sweeney traps for 1/4 of the price, and caught it in 3 days. They are nice built traps, but they are long and wide, so unless you have a big gophers digging big tunnels, I suggest going for smaller and cheaper because it’ll work better.

  16. Rated 2 out of 5

    R.J. Perrone

    hard to set rusts in on season blah gave them to good will, needs stamped on instructions too much hole to dig in rocky ground

  17. Rated 1 out of 5

    r. price

    no pocket gopher catches, but the mole traps do work. am in Colorado so may be similar to California results

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Alvarado “Rogue Penguin”

    There was a gopher tearing up my lawn for 3 months. I tried everything, conventional traps, poison, flares…etc. Nothing could stop it. After much research I found the “cinch trap”. It makes sense why this trap is king. They are easy to set up and all you have to do is open the gopher hole, find the direction of the tunnel. Place the trap and the critter is history.
    The day I received the traps I went out and set them up. The next day the gopher was caught. So far I’ve nabbed 3 since the traps arrived.
    The traps come in 3 sizes (I think). These are the medium size.
    I can’t say how happy this makes me and my lawn!

  19. Rated 2 out of 5


    Requires quite a bit of strength to set. Mole tunnels are not really large enough to allow insertion of trap without triggering it. Set all three several times….got no moles. Sorry I couldn’t be more positive about them.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent product. Easy to use, set and reset. Very effective.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Got two gopher the first night I placed trap. The cinch trap is better that other traps because it worked the first time. No more gophers since. The word is out among the gopher community to stay away from my yard…THE CINCH GOPHER TRAP WAS A CINCH TO SET.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have tried just about everything on my gophers–gas bombs, traps, sound emitting stakes, pellets, and professional exterminators–but Cinch traps are the only thing that’s been successful. They’re easy to use, and they work exactly as advertised. After years of frustration, I’ve caught four gophers in the last two weeks. Great product!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Lyckberg “Book Afficionado”

    If you’re plagued by gophers or moles, this or the black hole work best. Those gopher gassers are ineffective by comparison.

  24. Rated 1 out of 5

    Ernie D. Smith “technofumble”

    I purchased a set of three of these gopher traps after having tried a couple of the Sweeney’s gopher traps. I have a 10 acre farm of which approximately 4 acres are pasture/fields. I have had the demonic animals tunnel under the rock walkway to the front door, under the rack holding bird/deer food, and tunneled extensively throughout both small pastures and fields. I have tried these for approximately 2-3 months, have caught zero, zip, nada gophers during this time. Initially when I first installed them I would find a freshly dug mound, dig it open and locate the set trap into the tunnel emanating from the mound. When I would check on the traps they all had been buried with dirt. The little demons would toss dirt on the traps thereby setting the trap off or rendering them functionless due to large volume of dirt sitting on top of the trap. The next time I reset the traps I was especially sure to stick the trap as far into the tunnel I could fit it. Nothing, still buried traps
    So this last attempt I located a tunnel, opened it up approximately 3-4 feet from a fresh mound, take a one foot section out and place a set trap in the tunnel and cover the tunnel with a board and dirt. I also uncovered the tunnel at the mound. When I checked the traps the demon gophers had buried the traps once again, rendering them useless. I must have highly intelligent gophers that I propose no trap will take. Seems as if any foreign object found in their tunnel gets buried. My old dog has caught one, and the neighbors dog has taken one. I am going to use smoke bombs next. Please wish me luck, or tell me if you’ve had any success with a different method. To be so ugly these gophers are danged smart and very tricky.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great trap, but looked a little big for my Arizona pocket gophers, so I returned them and bought the mole cinch traps. Please see my review for the mole cinch traps,,,,, they are awesome!!!!! 100% catch rate one the first day, 4 pocket gophers. Happy happy happy!!!

  26. Rated 1 out of 5

    Jesse M. Braun

    Not much luck. To big for California gophers. If it was longer and smaller it might work. Very powerful and watch your fingers.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    GO “Beavs!!!”

    Wow, after years of trying to trap these gophers that have destroyed my hay fields, I finally found a trap that works! I’ve tried every other trap out there with no success. The black box, the smaller metal pincher traps, etc… I think I tore up my fields more than the gophers in trying to catch them! After using these traps now for a few months, I have pretty much eradicated all gophers from my 7.5 acres. Now, I walk my fields every day with my dog for fun and exercise, and whenever I see a new mound I immediately place the trap and usually catch them within a few hours. Sometimes, for whatever reason, they still fill the trap with dirt and it takes me a few tries, but I still get them. Many have written on their technique, but I’ll go ahead and write just a brief note on how I do it that works for me. I live in Oregon if that helps with the type of gopher you may have.

    1. See the mounds
    2. Use a rod to find a main tunnel between mounds. I don’t place my traps just in the single hole inside the mound of dirt. Usually that is just a place for them to shove out dirt. Find the tunnel around the mound and dig a hole about 12 inches or more in diameter.
    3. On the sides of the tunnel, I actually take a small hand garden shovel and dig the sides in so that the top of the tunnel is overhanging at the opening, and that the trap can fit further inside the tunnel. I have had better success this way. My guess is that the further the trap is inside the tunnel hole, the less the gopher senses a problem? Dunno.
    4. After I set the spring on the trap, I carefully push the trap inside the hole making sure that the rear end of the trap is as level as possible to the floor. The rear of the trap is a flat plate, so that’s why I dig out the sides of the tunnel more, so that flat plate can go partially inside the tunnel.
    5. I then grab a handful of grass, wad it up into a loose ball, and push it lightly into the tunnel hole to partially cover it up. I don’t cover the overall hole in the ground with anything. I leave it open and exposed.

    1. you’ll know what I mean by these once you have your traps and see how they work.
    2. The trap is triggered when a rod is pushed backwards by the gopher as he goes through the pinchers at the end. When setting your trap, make sure that trigger rod is not obstructed and can freely be pushed back. Also, make sure that the metal rod that goes UNDER the trigger rod at the back of the trap is set as a hair trigger. Again, you’ll know what I mean when you see them.
    3. There is a metal spring that you rotate down, and then you have 2 small metal rods that you need to put over the metal spring (well one goes over the metal spring, and the other rod goes over the first rod and up to the trigger rod). When the trigger rod is pushed back, it releases the first straight metal rod which flies up, which then releases the second metal rod which flies up and finally releases the main spring which the springs close the pinchers at the front end of the trap that closes around the gopher’s neck and snaps his spine. BEWARE: the two small straight metal rods are curled into a small loop at one end that is attached to the trap in small holes that are drilled in the metal. This is supposed to allow those metal rods to rotate freely up and down so that you can set them and then they fly up to release the trap. On all 3 of my traps, the hole they drilled to attach those metal rods is just a bit too small, so those rods don’t swing freely, and several times the gopher has pushed the trigger rod releasing the first metal straight rod, but since that rod didn’t swing freely at where it’s connected to the trap, that first metal rod didn’t spring up and hence didn’t free the trap spring. This has happened several times. I will probably have to try and take those rods off the trap and drill a slightly bigger hole.
    4. I usually put a trap facing in each directly of the tunnel so no matter which way the gopher comes, I have a trap ready. What I have found though is that the gophers always appear to travel in the same direction no matter where on my property the mounds are. So, if I have several mounds in various parts of my property, I will just put 1 trap in each hole facing the direction they usually come in, so that I can cover more holes. Make sense? Also, if I happen to have 6 holes and only 3 traps, I’ll placed the traps in the biggest holes, but I will still dig open the tunnels near the other mounds and leave exposed. If the gopher is active in those tunnels, they will fill the exposed tunnels with dirt and I’ll know they are there.
    5. Please check your traps often. While I need to get rid of the gophers, I do love animals and don’t believe in being inhumane. It has happened several times that the trap did not kill the gopher and they were still alive when I pulled out the trap. Don’t make them suffer a slow death by not checking your traps. I check mine every few hours during the day, and then immediately first thing in the morning. Usually I can catch them within the first few hours. That’s how often they travel around.

  28. Rated 1 out of 5

    pete evans

    this is not what I expected. Must be very agile to set the trigger????? and insert it in the gopher hole.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    I now have quite the collection of medium cinch traps. These tend to fit most holes and I’ve had quite a lot of success with them. The trick seems to be setting as many traps around the active areas as possible. If your holes get backfilled, try to find where it opens up again or look for fresh gopher dirt piles to set in. I’d rather set 5 in the same area than try my luck with 5 scattered around the property.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Works great. Finally caught some gophers using this! Only neg: A few small parts rust – but it still works great.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve tried many other products but this one works. I’ve only been using these traps for two days and have forgotten rid of two gophers. One of the traps was only set for an hour and now the yard is minus one gopher. I did read the directions a couple of times and watched you tube videos to make sure I was placing them correctly but I would recommend these. At first I thought they were to big for pocket gophers but it turns out they work great.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    I chose a five star rating because I like the gopher traps. They are made well, set easy and trip easy. I would recommend these traps to anyone who has a gopher problem.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mikell Baker

    I have used several types of traps in the past with not much luck. These traps are the best. Load it, put it in the hole, and as little as 30 minutes, got the little pest. Would recommend these traps over the others.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary A. Robinson

    Great product! what I like is the fact they can be observed without digging up the trap e
    To see if they have been tripped…

  35. Rated 4 out of 5


    First, I told my spouse, “You have to set them out for them to work. 🙂 They won’t catch anything sitting in the box they shipped in.” They are tricky to set. The spring is really tight and the metal can cut. I use work gloves and BE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM ALL THE MOVING PARTS! The lever you pull over to set could do some damage if it released on your finger. But, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. You have to dig out the gopher mound to find the tunnel for trap placement. Then you have to route out the tunnel enough for the trap to set inside and be able to close. I think our traps are the large ones and I would rather have medium. I strongly suggest you watch one or more of the You Tube how to videos on the web. We’ve only caught one gopher so far, but here again you have to set them out for them to work. Happy gopher hunting.

  36. Rated 4 out of 5


    I haven’t really tried any other types of traps, because as soon as I had a gopher problem I searched the internet for reviews and tested these out. With it I have never failed to catch a gopher (10+ so far), sometimes within minutes of setting the trap.

    If I had to knock the product it would be that it rusts too easily IMO, and that it doesn’t always kill quickly enough for my tastes. I don’t like to see animals suffer and I’ve had to personally finish off 3 of them after they set off the trap but survived.

  37. Rated 4 out of 5


    The instructions were helpful.

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    hans dfeklerk

    great traps, just follow the instructions and use two per gopher tunnel and after you get it burry the dead gopher in the hole to keep others away. I found that if you don’t there is always more than one in the same hole.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Finally – my long drawn out battle with the gophers in my yard has been won! I tried everything under the sun to eliminate the gophers and nothing worked. I finally called in a professional and paid way too much for the guy to simply set a few traps in my yard. Then I did some research to find the traps he used – and these are them! I just set the traps this morning and already caught one. I’m so excited to be gopher free…..!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roberta Brown

    The Cinch gopher traps are the best for trapping gophers. Used correctly you will be able to catch a gopher every time. I have been doing this for about 3 years and I have about 1-1 1/2 acres of lawn and those gophers just love it!! Make sure that the tunnel is dug and cleared out and the jaws of the trap will fit snugly into the tunnel with the metal plate exposed outside of the hole. When you are done setting the trap make sure to leave the hole open so air can circulate to let the gopher know it has to come and fix the tunnel. If you are concerned about an open hole just put a bucket or large piece of wood across the opening not to disturb the trap. Also gophers love peanut butter so put a bit on the trigger that is close to the jaws so they have to go through those jaws to get to the trigger where the p.b. is. The video on the Cinch website is very helpful for learning how to set a trap and what size to get. Make sure also to set that trigger wire to a hair trigger so those jaws will snap easier.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    It works! I’ve been chasing this gopher for a month. I tried everything; water flooding, poison pellets, firecrackers, M5000, gasoline, smoke bombs, pellet gun, and poisoned carrots. Nothing worked to get rid of gopher. Finally after three tries setting the cinch trap, the gopher is caught and done in. A few tips: read and follow directions. Widen the entry to the tunnel so main body of trap lays flat. Push trap far enough into tunnel so only 1 inch or less is outside of tunnel. The jaws of trap, when set, should scrape the outer walls of tunnel. Remove dirt after scraping, so dirt does not set off trap when gopher returns. After trap is set and placed in tunnel use cammoflauge to cover main body of trap ( nothing heavy that interferes with trap operation).I used weeds placed lightly on trap and larger weed partially covering opening to tunnel. Be patient and persistent, these traps work. I used medium sized traps for Florida gopher.

  42. Rated 1 out of 5

    Jeffrey Chen

    Greatly disappointed in this product. The “jaw” of the trap was far too wide to fit comfortably underground for the tunnels in my yard. Moreover, the trigger mechanism was too short and would not sit underground, making it virtually impossible for the gopher or mole ruining my yard to trigger it. I had previously borrowed cinch traps that were narrower and with a longer trigger stem. Those worked great. I wish I would have bought those instead.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Brand

    What a great product!!!! I have had the cinch traps for 6 months now and have caught 73 gophers and 16 moles. This has changed the look of the whole property. Thank Cinch Traps for such a great product.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard T.

    Best traps out there you’ll be catching gophers in seconds! The packaging and delivery of Amazon was good nothing out of the ordinary, you’ll not regret this purchase

  45. Rated 5 out of 5


    On time delivery. Packaged well. Good instructions. I purchased a 3 pack. With a little
    Practice I was able to snag 2 of my yard moles. Great simple to use.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to use I kill 24 in 3 months but they still are in my garden. This is the more effective method but . not 100 % . Exterminators told me if I contract pest control company don’t will be effective, because only kill gophers in my garden, soon or later my neighbor’s gofers will come to my yard anyway. So…thinking in move to another beautiful home.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Skuya

    The only hard part is finding the gopher hole, but the trapped worked well once that was done. I caught a gopher in just a couple of hours. Only downsides, it is not pet or kid friendly (it’s like a mousetrap), but since it only took a couple hours it wasn’t that bad. Also, the gopher did not die instantly, but it was pretty quick.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill Or Karen Sheppard

    Absolutely the best traps I have used! Takes a little experimenting to find out best way to set them, but once set they work!

  49. Rated 3 out of 5


    It works according to what it is listed for. Recommend it’s use to those who have gophers in their lawn. Effective way to eliminate these little creatures……

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lee R. Hernandez

    These are definitely the best traps out on the market because they get the job done. The day I received them I set them up following the instructions and the next morning I had snagged 2 gophers. I strongly recommend the Cinch Traps to anyone having gopher problems on their properties.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Britt

    As soon as I got the traps I caught 2 gophers within 30 minutes. they work great.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Van Bratton

    I have a one acer lot in the country. It’s Gopher haven in mine and surrounding lots. I’ve tried differnent methods of getting rid of them but to no avail. One of my neighbors told me about Chinch traps. Once delivered, I set the trap per instructions and caught my first gopher within 4 hours after receiving them. I’ve trapped four the first week of having them. Oh yeah. Love these things. Most challenging thing is clearing the tunnels so that the trap is against the wall. That comes with usage.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    About a month after buying my first home we started seeing gopher mounds popping up. I did think it would be to hard to get rid of them so I set to handle them myself. I started with gopher bombs and no luck at. Then I went with the ground vibrators and they just buried it with their mounds. Next was poison. This was a hard one with having big dogs that like to dig after them (which they have got 2 of them) but still no luck getting ride of them. I then got one of those exhaust hose attachments and was assured that would work from the store I bought it from, and nothing. I was hesitant to do traps because of digging, setting and constantly checking but once I got these they are so simple and affective. I got 3 within 3 hours of setting, one before I could even finish setting the other 2. Now only 5 days after starting I have trapped 9.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mad Dog

    Works great – easy catch over night. The big jaws disappear into the side of the tunnel and the critters don’t see the black hair trigger as they push dirt through the trap. Faster than strychnine. 3-pack very useful when following construction tunnel down to 2 main tunnels with one extra branch tunnel.

  55. Rated 3 out of 5

    Trevor “LIVESTRONG”

    Still haven’t gotten rid of the gopher, it pushes the dirt up to the trigger not actually hitting hit. Also the levers have to be positioned a certain way, as far as up and down, the sequence is the easy part with the 3 levers

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tyson Wasson

    All around exceptional company and product. I called in to get information about the trap, what type of rodent I have and what size is best for removing the gopher in my yard. They were very friendly, knowledgeable and quick to help me place the order. Caught that gopher!!! Thank you for all the great customer service and such an effective trap.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheri Fogarty

    I have been having a rough time with pocket gophers this winter. I planted some winter veggies and the gophers ate most of them, including 70 onion starts. I have tried a number of remedies, including things like wrigley’s gum, none of which worked. I actually had a gopher fling the gum out of a hole right at me. LOL

    I finally realized that I had to use traps, as I don’t want to use poison, which could harm our animals and the local birds as well.

    The first trap I tried was the Sweeney’s Gopher Trap. We got a two pack and they both fell apart within a few days. I don’t recommend those. Then I tried the Victor Black Box Gopher Trap. That one is better made but after trying for a few weeks to catch a gopher I gave up. I’m passing them along to a friend to see if he has better luck.

    I started researching again and came across these CINCH traps. I like that they’re USA made and seem really good. I ended up buying a three pack directly from the company as I needed the small size trap, for our pocket gophers. I found a few videos on YouTube that showed how to set them – I’m not all that strong and I could do it myself. There’s also a good video there on how to use Cinch traps to surface trap the gophers, and I used that method. The first day I set them up I didn’t catch anything, then I pulled them in for a few days as we were having big rain storms and those flood the gopher holes. Once it dried up, I put them out again yesterday, trying to stick with the newer holes. Went back this morning and after looking at the first two traps – nothing – got to the third and it was sprung. Gopher was history. Just the fact that I actually caught one, makes me recommend these.

    They are very well made, easy to use and recommended.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    J W “J W”

    I find I like this trap much much better than the victor type of regular gopher trap. I have not had mine very long but so far it has caught the gophers that set them off, not one miss. If used correctly these are great. Or compared to the other traps such as the victor type they are fantastic. Some of the other things which are supposed to be gopher traps, such as that “black box” and the one made in a pipe… They simply do not work. I have caught over 16 gophers in the short time I have had these. Easy to set, strong, safe if used carefully, made of rust-proof stainless steel. I wipe mine down with grass or weed leaves before I set them, and before that I wash my hands and do not touch any dogs or cats, rub my hands with the grass or weeds also to remove any carnivore smells, set trap, flag it and catch them. Highly recommended.

  59. Rated 2 out of 5

    Stream Whipper “KingFisher”

    Bought two of these. After over six months, my success rate is well under 5%. As other reviewers have pointed out, after digging out the “closed tunnel,” and setting the trap, the gopher will begin pushing dirt from well inside the tunnel, but well before the trap, the rodent itself never actually getting close to the trap. When the trap finally springs, if it springs at all, it catches nothing but the dirt the wily fuzz ball pushed into it. I actually managed to catch ONE gopher in multiple attempts. Oh yeah, once the trap springs and misses, the rodent digs another tunnel and abandons the one with the trap.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    jeffery stinnett

    works very well, unlike poison you see that you got them.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Vafis

    These traps work great. In my home garden I have snagged two gophers so far within 5 days and I am working on the next one in the same run. I have used other types of traps, but they were not as effective as these. I should have ordered the small size, however, because I have to enlarge the run for the medium size trap to fit. That is not a huge issue since they seem to be doing the job.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    G. Conklin

    Works just as I expected, and the gophers aren’t happy!

  63. Rated 5 out of 5


    works great. It took some time but finally got the smartest of gophers

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna M. Bass

    Gopher caught!!!

  65. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gregg Korbin

    Well designed and well made. Worked where other traps failed.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    vikki otero

    It worked in less than an hour. I’ve tried everything for the last year and nothing worked.

  67. Rated 3 out of 5


    These traps have not worked for us. It is a lot of digging and the gophers go around the traps and just fill them with dirt. I was really excited about getting them but we have not had any success. I will keep trying but so far no luck.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ted Lohrentz

    Excellent trap! Caught 3 pocket gophers in the first week! Have tried catching them with other means to no prevail!

  69. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very simple to use. Extraordinarily effective. Don’t waste your time fiddling with other traps. These are so worth every penny.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5


    I live on an acre of land with hundreds of gophers. I tried all kinds of things trying to get the gopher population under control. I truly don’t think there is anything on the market like the cinch trap. I have been 100% in trapping since I started using cinch traps. The only drawback is that you have to dig a pretty big hole to set them. Luckily my yard is dirt and not lawn I am a believer!!!

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tanya Hewitt

    I too HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product. Living just on the outskirts of the city and running into gopher problems all the time. I was up to my eyeballs in frustration. I ran across the cinch traps and they are marvelous!!! Getting rid of gophers one day at a time. I have told all my neighbors and family about how well these work. We now have more than half of the neighborhood using these traps. Thank you for this great trap!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Hoffman

    Such destructive critters! I am glad to have found a solution. These gophers have cost me tons of $$$ from replacing my sprinkler system, fixing my underground pool, to replanting my flowers. Ugh, so much damage! Thank you for this money saving trap! Works great!

  73. Rated 4 out of 5



  74. Rated 4 out of 5

    Liv Peterson

    Powerful trap! It was a little hard to set at first. Now that I have the hang of setting the trap. Getting rid of gophers is a piece of cake.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5


    These things work great. Caught two gophers first day.

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony B

    I just placed an order for more traps and figured to give my 2 cents. I am writing this because my 13 year old is now trapping gophers and since school has ended, he has caught 52 gophers off of one alfalfa field in Nebraska. He said it was easy to set the traps and place it in the tunnel. He is having tons of fun and making some money along the way. Great way to keep kids doing things outdoors, instead of on there phone or game players.

  77. Rated 5 out of 5


    Dogs can’t chew them up. Lubricate them to prevent rust. Watch You tube to learn how to set. Very happy with the kill rate and durability. Just bought 3 more. I use the Small traps and have been getting all sizes here in Ca.

  78. Rated 5 out of 5


    Make sure you use the correct size!

  79. Rated 5 out of 5


    Make sure you use the correct size! My sister bought the small size cinch trap for her gopher and caught it the same day. To save money, I borrowed her 3 small traps to try to catch my gopher. I kept setting the traps for several days with no luck. I was so disappointed that I almost resigned myself to an ugly lawn and almost dead shrub. My sister then suggested that I measure the holes and get a bigger trap. I received the medium traps on Friday afternoon and set them all up. On Saturday morning, I went outside and noticed that 1 of them had been set off! It caught the ugly beast! MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE THE HOLE AND GET THE CORRECT SIZE OR YOU WON’T TRAP AND KILL AND BEASTS!

  80. Rated 5 out of 5


    Since moving to our 5 acre property a little over two years ago, I have caught 381 gophers with cinch traps here on the central coast of California. I used the small size, but am ordering a pack of mediums for the larger holes the biggest gophers make. I believe that anyone who truly learns how to use these traps will have success.

  81. Rated 5 out of 5


    I lost a nice Deodar Cedar in my front yard about a month ago. The needles all went yellow and a couple of gopher mounds appeared shortly thereafter. I looked online for THE answer in a trap and found cinch. I ordered the 3 pack of medium traps and set one trap around 5:30pm the day they arrived. At 5:35pm I had my gopher. I set another trap where there was evidence in the empty lot next to me and got a second rascal within 12 hours. These traps were easy to buy, shipped quick, are easy to use, set, and clear. I couldn’t be happier.

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