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David Sparks, Ph.D. 5-2 IAN Gopher Control
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio

Program: Today's Idaho Ag News
Date: May 02, 2013

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 Alternative in gopher control is improving safety, turning heads in Southwest Idaho


Like most spring-cleaning efforts, this one has the potential to save time and money.  Severe gopher damage is already raising its ugly head in the Treasure Valley as the rodents start to emerge in the warmer, drier environment this spring. Backyards, gardens, golf courses, farmland, ditch banks – they are all venues for the destructive potential of gophers, ground squirrels, moles and other burrowing pests. 


Matt Brechwald  owns Idaho Gopher Control and told me about his pest control system. “This method is an effective, efficient alternative to trapping. No explosions are needed. No need to dig out burrows or cave them in.”  A probe is inserted in the gopher’s burrow, and pressurized carbon monoxide  is pumped in to flood the rodent’s tunnels with lethal gas. By the time the rodents realize what’s happening, it’s too late. Before the gopher can fortify its burrow, it is overwhelmed by the concentration and speed with which the carbon monoxide is delivered. Additionally, there’s no poison bait used that a dog, cat, pet, wildlife, or small child, can dig up and ingest. This also eliminates the gophers before they have pups.


Idaho Gopher Control (208) 573-0978



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