How to Get Rid of Gophers Before They Wreak Havoc on Your Landscape

Gophers present a more serious problem than moles, including destruction of underground utility cables, water lines, sprinkler systems and irrigation pipes. Damage is most severe in the spring and fall when gophers are active near the soil's surface. Gophers are solitary animals except when breeding or rearing young. Gophers are active year round, but are the most visibly active in the spring and fall when the soil is of the ideal moisture content for digging.

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Crown, and Trunk with Vole King



  • Size: 5" to 14" long
  • Shape: Mouse
  • Color: Brown to Gray


Gophers are herbivores like Voles and eat vegetation. Although gophers will eat the top of plants they are mostly interested in the roots and tubers.


Gopher homes are easy to locate by looking for large mounds of dirt on surface. Gopher families depend on how much water is available. In non-irrigated areas a female may only have one litter, whereas in irrigated areas a female may have 3 litters. Gophers are active during the day and live mostly underground. Gophers are active all year long and don’t hibernate.


Gopher tunnels can reach 200-2000 ft, with nest and food chamber sup to 6’ deep. Gophers work industriously to expand their burrows and locate favorite foods, damaging your turf and garden in the process. Gophers eat plants, starting with the roots, and can pull an entire plant down through the soil to its tunnel below.

Prevention: Vole King

Vole King is a proactive solution not a reactive product

Install an underground barrier to exclude gophers from your yard or garden.

  • Vole King provides the customers with a solution that WORKS every time. After using Vole King one time you will never have to ask, "what do you have that WORKS"?
  • Vole King works the first time and last the life of the plant. It’s unique stainless-steel design allows the roots to grow out, while protecting the crown, stem, and main root source. This design allows the gophers and the plant to live in harmony.
  • Vole King protects new or transplanted trees, shrubs, bulbs, annual flowers, perennials, gardens, and turf.

Protect Your Plants with Vole King

Our solution is more efficient than repellants, soil amendments and hardware cloth:

Vole King was designed to be a one-time solution for gophers. The stainless-steel mesh will allow roots to grow through, but stop the gophers in their holes. Vole King provides year-round protection without repeated applications of repellent. This not only saves money but eliminates the need for routine applications. Vole King also eliminates the use of heavy soil amendments that requires labor intensive tilling and cultivating into the soil. Vole Kings are feather light and extremely flexible. They easily form to newly purchased container plants or existing transplants. Vole King allows gophers to live in harmony with the landscape without damaging your plants.

Prevention is important:

Gopher tunnels cause a visual displeasing look to turf and mulch beds. Gopher damage not only looks bad but will cost you $$$ replacing expensive plants and flowers constantly. Gopher damage destroys roots, flowers, bulbs, and turf. Gophers do not go away unless they run out of food and limiting their access to food will drive them out.

The bigger picture of damage caused by Gophers:

Gophers largest damage comes from attacks underground and once you notice their mounds it’s too late. Healthy plants are quickly eaten from below and when the crown/root system is destroyed, the plant will die, fall over, and expose the damage. This also means that they have reproduced and now you have multiple colonies of gophers feeding and damaging your beautiful landscape 24hrs a day. If the gophers are not treated immediately, all your plants are at risk of damage and destruction.