Sunday, September 20, 2020

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY • WEBSITE UPDATED WEEKLY FOR THURSDAY

Home Master Gardener's Colusa County Master Gardener's: Gophers

Colusa County Master Gardener’s: Gophers

Gophers are small burrowing rodents that feed on roots of many plants all while damaging irrigation lines and sprinkler systems. A single gopher can ruin a garden in a short time and the early detection is critical to prevent damage.

Many gardeners combine the use of traps and underground fencing to manage problems. Although toxic baits are available, they can pose threats to wildlife, pets and children, especially in backyard situations.

Here are a few tips to help manage your gopher problem.

Keep your eye out for gopher mounds.

  • – Gophers spend almost all their time underground in their burrow.
  • – Look for mounds of loose dirt that are half circles or crescent shaped.
  • – Fresh mounds are the sign of an active gopher. A single gopher can create several a day.
  • – In contrast to gopher mounds, mole mounds are circular with a plug in the middle and ground squirrel holes are unplugged without a mound.

Protect plants with underground fencing.

  • – Lay hardware cloth or ¾ inch mesh wire under raised beds before planting.
  • – Wire baskets can also help.

Use traps to reduce the gopher population.

  • – Gopher traps are placed underground inside the burrow, so you must use a probe to locate the burrow.
  • – Be sure to place traps in active burrows.
  • – Two common types of traps are pincer and box traps.
  • – Cover the hole so light does not get in.
  • – Check traps often and reset as necessary.
  • – Keep trapping until no new mounds are formed.
  • – Gopher traps do not require food baits.

Avoid products and methods that are not proven.

  • – Owl boxes are unlikely to reduce gopher numbers.
  • – No repellents currently sold work.
  • – Plants such as gopher purge, castor bean and garlic have not been shown to repel gophers.
  • – Frightening devices have not shown to be effective.
  • – Fumigation with smoke or gas cartridges is not effective because gophers can seal off their burrows rapidly.

For more information visit www.ipm.ucdavis.edu

Contributed by The Master Gardeners of Colusa County. They can be contacted by: Phone (530) 458-0570. Email glhernandez@ucanr.edu. office, 100 Sunrise Blvd., Ste. E, Colusa,

Avatar
UCCE Colusa County Master Gardenershttp://cecolusa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardeners/
The Master Gardeners of Colusa County can be contacted by: - Email us at glhernandez@ucanr.edu - Call us at 530-458-0570 - Visit us at our plant clinics, farmers markets, Colusa County Fair and at other county events - Visit us at our office, 100 Sunrise Blvd., Ste. E, Colusa, Ca 95932, our office hours are, Tuesdays 9am to 12:00 and 1pm to 4:00

More News

Three killed on I-5 in two separate accidents 

Three people were killed on Interstate 5 in Colusa County over a five day period in two separate accidents.  A Yuba City couple were killed...

Garden Club Plant Sale

The Garden Club of Colusa County hosted their fall plant sale in the Davison Pavilion in Colusa on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event, which...

Coaches Corner: Dan Kiely

Soccer in Colusa County has a long history of competitive play and a major contributor to that tradition is Colusa High School boys’ soccer...

First Patriot Day ceremony held at Williams Elementary School

Students who attend Williams Elementary School were not alive 19 years ago when hijackers used airplanes as weapons of destruction to kill nearly 3,000...

Distance learning raises questions about home imagery

Editors Note: The article has been updated from the print version to correct the spelling of Tiffany Sines. Distance learning seems to be more challenging...

Local Government

County appoints new Airport Advisory Committee

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1 appointed seven members to the newly restructured Airport Advisory Committee. The previous committee of about 15...

Colusa Police Department: July 2020

The City of Colusa Police Department responded to 382 calls for service, up from 311 in June. There were an additional 31 calls to...

City of Colusa adopts strategy for economic development

The Colusa City Council last week adopted the final Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a report that will serve as a roadmap intended to diversify...

Public & Legal Notices

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2020-0000072 Date filed: September 11, 2020 The following persons are doing business as: GULLATT RANCH Business Address: 6880 GREENBAY ROAD, ARBUCKLE, CA 95912 Mailing...

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2020-0000071 Date filed: September 1, 2020 The following persons are doing business as: C & C ENGINEERING Business Address: 2081 LONE STAR ROAD,...

Notice of Lien Sale

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 AT 5:00 PM 423 SIOC STREET, COLUSA, CA 95932 8’  3’ GOLD WING 09/16/2020 • WPR #2020-1142

CIUDAD DE COLUSA AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA

CIUDAD DE COLUSA AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA AVISO SE DA A LA PRESENTE QUE la Comisión de Ciudad de Colusa y  Planificación llevará a cabo un...

CITY OF COLUSA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF COLUSA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Colusa and Planning Commission will hold public workshop on Wednesday, September...