DEAR JOAN: I recently noticed small bumps in my garden, which are apparently made by either moles or golfers. Do not know for sure which one.
The environment around the house is lightly wooded. I did try to use a gadget that emits some sound that allegedly rids of these creatures, but no, it did not.
Now is the time for help because they have spread around the whole house.
How would one determine which creature is attacking my garden? Do you have a recommendation on how to get rid of these creatures or a recommendation for a exterminator company that does work of this type?
Darko Degoricija, Los Gatos
DEAR DARKO: I’m going to assume that you meant gophers, not golfers, because having rogue golfers digging holes in your yard is a problem I have no experience with.
Your bumps could be gopher, mole, vole or ground squirrel activity, or even insect if the bumps are small.
To determine what creature it is, take a look at the bump. Is it almost perfectly round or crescent shaped? A round mound is the work of a mole. A crescent shape is a gopher. Ground squirrels create not so much mounds as open holes. Voles make smaller mounds but you’d also see above ground tunnels or furrows in the grass.
In a mole mound, you’ll see a small opening in the center that is plugged. With gophers, the opening could also be plugged but will be off center. Mole mounds are sort of volcano shaped, while gopher mounds are flatter.
In almost all cases, the creature will not leave on its own, so you need to determine how much damage you’re willing to accept and how far you’re willing to go to get rid of them.
Moles are fairly harmless, although the mounds and tunnels they create can mar the appearance of your yard. They only eat insects — mostly grubs and worms — and won’t eat your plants. On occasion, their tunneling can disturb the roots around a plant, which can cause it to die or lose vigor.
If you have a mole, I’d suggest stomping down the mounds and tunnels, and otherwise letting it be.
Gophers can be fairly destructive because they do eat plants, often burrowing beneath them to nibble on their roots or pull the plant down into their tunnel. The good news is, they are solitary creatures so despite evidence of many mounds, you likely only have …
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