Gophers may be very cute, but when it comes to digging in your yard, they can be a nightmare. However, the thought of using pesticides to kill them can be hard on the environment and your wallet. There are many DIY gopher repellent options that will get rid of the little hole diggers and keep your lawn looking beautiful.
The first thought may be to go with some of the remedies that just kill the animal. However, these techniques have to do with clogging the gophers intestines, and seem very cruel. The ideas below are natural and simply run the animal out of the yard. That being said, you may have to try different things, and do them more than once per season. The good thing is most of the techniques below cost very little, and are easy.
Use trial and error to figure out what diy gopher repellent works for you.
• Kill the Food Source – Gophers and moles both love grub worms. There are several options out there, but Neem Oil seems to kill the Grub worms without harming any plants or pets. Mix 4 tablespoons of Neem oil with water, and put in any type of spray bottle. Spray your entire lawn.
• Dryer Sheets – Evidently Gophers do not like to smell fresh and clean. Put one dryer sheet in each gopher hole and cover with soil. The gophers smell the sheets and vacate the premises. This is good for you, that way the gophers can go stink somewhere else.
• Kitty Litter – Ever wonder what to do with used kitty litter besides throwing it away? I realize it may sound a little gross. Fill the holes or infested area with used kitty litter. The smell makes the gophers believe that a predator has entered their space, so they decide to find safer accommodations. The good thing about this remedy is if you have a cat you have the product already and have a new way to recycle it.
These are just a few of the more popular and simple techniques for ridding your yard of gophers. Keep in mind that these suggestions will also work for moles. Keeping your lawn free of these pests will help to keep it looking beautiful all year long. You will also be helping the environment by reducing poison and pesticide use. That is better for everyone.