MOLE AND GOPHER CONTROL 

(503) 442-7848
GOPHER PATROL OREGON
  Welcome To Our Info Page. Here We Will Cover Some Questions   
and Answers About These Pests, As Well As Visual Content.
(Q.1)
How do I know my property has a Gopher or Mole pest problem?
(A.1) Mounds of fresh soil are the best sign of a gopher's presence. Pocket Gopher problems occur when they form mounds as they dig tunnels and push the loose dirt to the surface. Typically mounds are crescent shaped. Mole mounds are sometimes mistaken for gopher mounds. Mole mounds, however, are more circular in appearance. Unlike gophers, moles commonly burrow just beneath the surface, leaving a raised ridge to mark their path.

(Q.2)
How does Gopher Patrol/mole and gopher control get rid of moles and gophers?
(A.2) We use a combination of gopher and mole traps depending on the tunnel systems that the Moles and Gophers are using.
Some traps may be set above ground with the effective end inside the mole or gopher's tunnel system.  These traps generally
catch the mole or gopher in half a day or less.  Some animals are a little harder to work with and require consistent monitoring
to catch.

(Q.3)
Why are traps used for removing these pests?
(A.3) Trapping is the most effective method found to get rid of moles and gophers. Other methods have proven over many decades to be ineffective in removing moles and gophers.  Mole traps and Gopher traps placed by professionals can rid your land of these underground pests much faster and efficiently than anything you may be able to find at your local hardware or feed store.

(Q.4)
How often do you check the mole and gopher traps?
(A.4) In the spring, summer, and fall, we check traps usually twice a week. During the winter months we may check traps once a week due to weather conditions such as heavy rains, frozen ground or even snow that can slow down the trapping process a bit.  For larger properties with heavy gopher infestations we will check the traps as often as twice daily to get a fast start on eliminating gopher populations.

(Q.5)
When do moles and gophers have their offspring?
(A.5) The Camus Pocket gopher as well as ground Moles breed in January and February.  These two months are the most important time to control mole populations.  Juvenile Gophers are usually first noticed at the beginning of March.  These Gophers can remain undetected underground until July.  At this time we receive dozens of calls daily.  but if conditions are right they have been known to breed several times during the year.

(Q.6)
When are Gophers and Moles known to be active?
(A.6) Gophers are active year-round, although you might not see any activity. They also can be active at all hours of the day building tunnels and feeding. Moles are active thorough these times as well.

(Q.7)
What do the gophers and moles eat?
(A.7) Gophers feed on many plants, shrubs, vegetable roots, and even trees. More often, they feed on roots and fleshy portions of plants they encounter while creating tunnels. Gophers also feed above ground from the entrance to their main feeding tunnels; grabbing and eating nearby plants. Moles eat earthworms, and other insect larva. They also eat many types other ground dwelling invertebrates, such as beatles. Moles are very active and require eating up to their own body weight in protein each day.

Pocket Gopher
Tunnel Entrance
2nd Tunnel Entrance
Trap Placed To Remove Pest
Pocket Gopher and 2 Ground Moles
Trapped Gophers
More Trapped Gophers
Common Ground Mole
Detailed Info About Moles & Gophers...

MOLES...
                 3 Species of moles have come to be found in Oregon. Townsend's Mole, Is the largest mole in the United States and is found generally throughout western Oregon. The Pacific Mole is generally distributed in the coastal area and in sections of northeastern Oregon. When the Townsend's and Pacific Moles are found in the same locality, they seem to live in close association. Townsend's moles are usually the more abundant of the two. The California Moles/Voles tend to inhabit the southern central areas of Oregon.

GOPHERS... There are 5 Species of gopher in Oregon. The most profound species in the Willamette Valley, are the Botta's Pocket Gopher & the Camas Pocket Gopher. Both of these animals originate from the northern Pacific Gopher species.The links below will provide detailed information on these species of gophers...

Botta's Pocket Gopher

Camas Pocket Gopher