Pocket gophers are common burrowing rodents that spend most of their lives underground. Their burrows are constructed by digging a mail tunnel up to 18 inches below the ground and then excavating a series of lateral tunnels that branch off the main one. This method keeps the pocket gophers protected as they forage for food and raise their young. Their digging tendencies often cause damage to laws, gardens, crops, and other property. Though a gopher is rarely spotted, its damage can be easily noticed and significant.


Pocket gophers are built for burrowing underground and each of their characteristics help with navigation through the soil. Pocket gophers (also known as just gophers) are rodents that:

  • Measure between 7-10 inches long
  • Weigh anywhere from 1-2 pounds, males being larger and nearly double the weight of females 
  • Have brown fur
  • Have large front teeth
  • Have long front claws
  • Have large cheek pouches
  • Have small eyes and ears
  • Have a short and hairy tail 


Pocket gophers prefer to make their burrows in loose, sandy soil where the plant growth can act as both food and cover. Lawns and crop fields are ideal nesting areas for pocket gophers. Alfalfa fields are preferred, but these pests will burrow under golf courses, hayfields, and cemeteries. Pocket gophers generally live alone except when raising their young.


Entry and Damage

Though pocket gophers are not known to enter homes, their activity leads to the invasion of agricultural fields, gardens, and residential lawns. The pocket gopher prefers feasting on plants, roots, shrubs, and trees, which all make up a large portion of their diet. Although they spend most of their time underground, the damages they create are highly visible and unsightly. Their diet results in destruction of gardens and flowerbeds, while their constant gnawing and chewing can damage water lines, and other underground fixtures. Needless to say, this unseen pest is more than capable of causing significant property damage!


Control and Safety

Effective and efficient pocket gopher control will include number of effective habitat modifications. Though certain prevention techniques can be expensive, if implemented properly, they can be effective and last for seasons to come. Underground barriers that will deter them away from gardens and other food sources is an excellent start. As always, when dealing with wildlife, safety precautions should be taken into account, as these pests may bite if threatened or handled. Critter Control of Denver can handle control and prevention safely and effectively, keeping these rodents out of your yard, and from further damaging your property.

Trapping and Removal

Critter Control of Denver technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable on pocket gopher removal and prevention. We will ensure safe and humane methods of removal for pocket gophers.

We will get rid of your pocket gopher problems! Call the Critter Control of Denver office today! 303.536.7762

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