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Best traps for California Pocket Gophers! No need to block light!,
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I cannot begin to describe how happy I am with these traps. My quest for effective gopher control started at my local Home Depot. I purchased blood meal deterrent and poison pellets. Neither of them were effective at all. In fact, I worried terribly about the poison because I have 1.5 acres and many dogs and cats frequent the area. Next, I tried the standard claw/spring traps by Victor. They worked, but it was a hassle to dig, attach a string and tie them to a stake, and cover the holes to black all light. My husband and I both hated the way they caught the gophers, too. The gophers were hard to remove and the traps bent and were difficult to set after awhile. Next, I ordered the Victor Black Box traps after reading the reviews on Amazon. I caught three using these, but one was alive in it. The gopher was too small, I think. These seemed good, and much easier to remove the gophers from. However, I had to dig huge holes to fit the boxes in properly. I also needed pieces of wood, carpet, and lots of precision in blocking all the sunlight. There were so many times that I would find those boxes filled with dirt, even with carrots as bait. Such a huge hassle.
I started to watch videos on You Tube about gopher trapping. I saw several people having success with Cinch Traps. I liked how the traps can be set and left above ground. Not much digging at all! And I noticed that the holes were left open. No light blocking issues, so no wood or carpet pieces. No bait, either. I decided to try them out.
I went to the Cinch Traps website and I saw the recommendation that California residents should use the mole sized traps. I ordered two Cinch Mole Trap Kits. It took only three days for them to arrive and I excitedly got them out. Boy, the traps are STRONG. I was afraid that I wouldn't have the strength to set one. I watched some videos on how to set the traps and realized that the ground setting style was the way I could do it. Put on gloves, lay the trap on solid ground or a piece of wood, and it is pretty easy to do. But they are powerful, so be very careful where you place your hands. Do it exactly as they suggest.
Since I have used these traps, I have killed fifteen gophers, including four yesterday. It is so much easier! I see a new pile of dirt and then dig it out to find the tunnel. It doesn't have to be the main run - just the most recent hole. I make sure the hole is open and clear using a longer weed puller tool (about 12 inches long). Then I set the trap and place it in. I make sure the cinch fits nicely in the hole and the large plate is above ground. And that's it! I love coming back to the trap later and looking to see if it's been triggered. You can tell without any digging - just look at the plate and see if the big metal arm has been released. The dead gopher is so easy to remove, too. Just pull the trigger arm over like you are going to set it again and the gopher slides right out. It's a powerful and quick kill, too. I bury the gopher right where it died and then move on to another recent dirt pile in another part of the yard.
I am a 45 year old first grade teacher and mom who is feeling very proud of gopher killing successes. I won't use another type of trap again.
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Initial post: May 31, 2013 11:21:14 AM PDT
Daniel Spach says:
agreed, best by far and easiest to set up!
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