Gophers & Squirrels – The Rarely Mentioned Pest

Gophers & Squirrels – The Rarely Mentioned Pest . Rodent Control – Pest Control Tucson

Gophers and squirrels – The rarely mentioned pest, but a pest none the less.

Pocket gophers are rodents with a thick body ranging five to seven inches long with a short thinly haired tail, wide head with very small eyes and ears. Gophers have strong clawed front feet which are perfect for digging. They have external, fur-lined cheek pouches or “pockets” that they use to transport food. This is what gives them their distinctive name.


Pocket gophers damage plants by consuming the roots. Garden plants and small trees can be easily pulled up exposing damaged roots or almost complete absence of roots. They have also been known to completely kill small trees and shrubs and can cause extensive damage to flower or vegetable gardens. Pocket gophers also gnaw on and damage underground cables and irrigation systems.


The three common squirrels in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert are the rock squirrel, the round-tailed ground squirrel, and Harris’ antelope ground squirrel. These three species of squirrels occasionally become pests in and around buildings.

When ground squirrels are present in large numbers they can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, or foundations. They may also invade garages, walls and attics. They will consume flower bulbs, seeds, or seedlings as well as bird seed, grass seed, and pet food that is not stored in rodent-proof storage containers.

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