Identifying Gophers

  • Four to twelve inches in length.
  • Yellowish-brown to black fur on top; the underside is often a lighter shade, almost white in color.
  • Large front claws and large incisors, both used for digging.
  • Short tail and small, nearly naked ears.
  • Often noticed by their fan-shaped soil mounds that lead to the burrow system, generally four to eighteen inches below ground. They are usually three inches in diameter but can vary with the size of the gopher.
  • Eat roots, plants and other vegetation they encounter while digging or pull into their tunnels from below. Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious foods for pocket gophers.
  • Gophers are active throughout the day.
  • Reproduction begins the spring after birth with a one-month gestation period.
  • Typically one litter per year with two to six young; occasionally two litters per year have been noted in the South.

Kaput-D® Pocket Gopher Bait

Bait can be applied by hand, in underground bait stations, or with a gopher probe.  Available in 5lb, 10lb, and 30lb pails and in 50lb bags.  Kaput-D Pocket Gopher Bait is manufactured with either winter wheat or milo using the anticoagulant diphacinone.  After initial treatment, if fresh mounds appear after 2-3 weeks, repeat treatment.  Before use, please read the entire label. Follow all directions and use precautions.

For application by mechanical burrow building machines, use Kaput-D Burrow Builder Pocket Gopher Bait.  This product is available in wheat or milo formulas, and in either a 30lb bucket or 50lb bag.  This is a RESTRICTED-USE PESTICIDE and a State-Issued Applicator’s License is required for purchase. Before use, please read the entire label. Follow all directions and use precautions.