The pocket gopher, Rodentia Geomyidae – a burrowing rodent that wreaks havoc to lawns and gardens. Although rarely seen, a gopher reveals its presence through the unsightly mounds that not only ruin the appearance of smooth terrain, but cause damage to orchard and vegetable crops. These mounds are made from the dirt loosened by the rodent as it creates tunnels underground. Gophers do not hibernate; they can be active at any time of day, all year round and, in prime conditions, can dig in all weather, even snow.
The Macabee Gopher Trap is known to be the most effective means of gopher control in the Western United States. Ideal for both the large-scale farmer and the casual gardener, this unique steel-wire, spring-action trap gets rid of this harmful, burrowing rodent. It has been copied, but never equaled. Easy to set, this trap requires no bait and lasts for an unlimited number of kills. Safer and proven more effective than gases or poisons, each trap is inspected, set and adjusted to ensure operational perfection. The same expert design used since 1900 shows that Macabee is, indeed, the “Old Reliable”.
While the Macabee trap is sold to the western United States, there are gopher species to be found all over North America, including the eastern US and Central America. There are five gopher species common to California, with Botta’s pocket gopher as the most common of those five. Pocket gophers get their name from the furry cheek pockets that they use to carry food or materials for building a nest. These pockets can even be turned inside out.
Gophers can be active both day and night and they don’t hibernate, meaning they’ve got lots of time to keep eating. Even though they’re vegetarians, the pocket gopher eats 60% of its bodyweight each day including roots, bulbs, plants, grass, and even small trees.
A gopher ranges up to 700 yards from its nest by digging 2 ½ to 3 ½ inch tunnels using their long teeth and their front claws. They use their back legs to push dirt behind them, creating tell-tale mounds of dirt. When it comes to moving around your dirt and damaging your property, in a year one pocket gopher can dig a tunnel system with up to 200 yards of tunnel and move up to 2 ¼ tons of dirt. Also, they can run backwards as quickly as they can move forward.
Apart from Macabee traps, gopher predators include: snakes, owls, coyotes, and weasels.
Pocket gophers are classified by The California Fish and Game Code as nongame mammals. This means if you own property and you find pocket gophers hurting your crops or landscaping then you can control them however you see fit (as long as it is legal).
Did you know that gophers are able to run just as quickly backwards as they do forward? It's true! This trait is very important since the holes they make are often not big enough to turn around in.
Hear it from the experts! Let our customers do the talking! In this short clip, commercial farmer Jon Cagliero speaks of his repeated success with the Macabee.
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