Trapping is an effective solution to controlling Pocket Gopher infestations. Pocket Gophers are burrowing rodents that live the majority of its life underground. This rodent will create a complicated burrowing system with various underground tunnels, but their “feeding tunnels” will only be five inches deep from the ground. Pocket Gophers will come to backfill and plug up their burrow if it senses air sifting through.
A gopher trap must be set into or just above their burrow to be effective. Although there are several types of gopher traps available, but the Box Trap for gophers appears to be the easiest to set, use, and it is reusable.
The Wilco Box Trap for gophers is made of heavy-duty wood and uses a spring-loaded wire bar that squeezes the rodent tight inside the box when it is released. It has been said that this trap is easier to set than the Macabee-styled trap, but it is larger in size. This trap sits just at the entrance to the burrow on top of their horseshoe-shaped mound.
Locating the runway…
Find a fresh mound and with a small shovel, dig just deep enough into the burrow so that the box trap will fit into it but leaving the face of the trap seen on the surface.
Setting the box trap…
From the top of the box, hold down the prongs and hook the small stiff wire to the latch on the left. Your trap is now set. Carefully place the box trap into the entrance of the burrow and cover with large dirt clods or other large-pieced materials to cover the trap just so that you see the top of the trap from the surface.
For this type of gopher trap, baiting it is not necessary, as the rodent will sense air flowing through its tunnel and come to the area anyways. There will be an increase chance of a catch by setting more than one trap in a burrow system.
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