Identifying Gophers

  • Four to 12 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 18 inches below ground – usually three inches in diameter but can vary with the size of the gopher
  • Eats roots, plants and other vegetation they encounter while digging or  pull into their tunnel 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 5-lb, 10-lb, 30-lb pails and in 50-lb 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 two to three weeks, repeat treatment.  Before use, please read the entire label and follow all use 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 50 lb bag.  This is a RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE and a State Issued Applicators License is required for purchase. Before use, please read the entire label and follow all use directions and use precautions.