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How to Make a Gopher Trap?

Updated on March 5, 2013

How To Make a Gopher Trap

If you have seen mounds or small bumps in your land which looks like a small hill, there are probably gophers roaming your land area.

Gophers or ground squirrels are small animals which belong to the Rodent family. They weigh about a quarter of a pound and are only 22 inches long from head to the tip of the tail. Some types of a gopher may look cute and cuddly and stuffed toy like but never be deceived by looks. Gophers are destructive. They live in gardens, parks, landscapes, or anything that has a wide land area and some grass variety but is not directly visible to humans since they live underground. Gophers create a wide network of underground holes for their community place and could easily damage a beautiful landscape or a simple garden.

There are many ways in which you can remove these pesky animals from your beloved land. However, most of the gopher removal forms are lethal or harms the life of gophers. If you are a person who still does not want to harm the lives of these animals, then there is another gopher removal way for you. Make a gopher trap. If you do not know how to safely and securely trap a gopher and then successfully removing it from your garden, then, this article is what you need. This article will show you how to remove a gopher starting with how to make a gopher trap.

To make a gopher trap, get a hold of these things:

· 2 foot long wooden box with one door attached to only one end of the box

· A piece of carrot

· At least 4 feet in length of fishing string

· Drill

· ½ inch drill bit

· A pair of scissors


Step 1: Prepare the box. Make a small hole along the centre of the bottom edge of the door using a drill the drill bit. Drill a small hole – enough to securely fit half of the carrot – in the centre of the side opposite the door.

Step 2: Prepare the bait. With a scissor in hand, cut a piece of the fishing string of about 4 feet in length. Next, slip one end of the string through the hole you made and attach a carrot to the end inside the box and pull the string so that the carrot is in the hole.

Step 3: Position the cage in a way that the door closes top to bottom. Next, loop the other end of the string to the hole in the door and tie it securely. This step ensures that the door is suspended 45 degrees in midair.

Step 4: Place the box in the gopher infested area. Once a curious gopher wanders and eats the carrot inside the box, the fishing string would pass through the hole and render the door on the other side closed trapping the unsuspecting gopher.

Now, all you have to do is to gather the gopher and place it in a sack and then repeat the last step to catch some more gophers. Once you are satisfied with your catches, give the sack with the gophers to someone for proper disposal.

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