Gophers are a serious problem in my neighborhood. I've looked at and tried a lot of solutions, but it seems like there's far too little actually known of these tunnels in the yard. I'd like to use what an environmental scientist would use to study these things as I consider the best solution for myself.

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    I am not sure if it is wise to invest in a special camera, I think it would be better to invite a pest control professional to investigate your situation.
    – benn
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 10:23
  • @benn The only solutions to gophers I've seen online that a professional would offer is poison. I'm not really comfortable with that method yet. I've set traps, but their usefulness is limited. Most often, they are triggered but they get away, or they never trigger them. Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 14:34
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    @Philosophist Can't cook an omelet without breaking a few eggs friend.
    – Rob
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 16:52
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    If you don't like the idea of poison a ferret would probably do the job, but keeping ferrets is more work than using poison!
    – alephzero
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 17:48

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You can always rent a plumbing drain camera from a home improvement store and use it to scope the gopher tunnels. Or get a video borescope (which is considerably shorter) but might have a better camera.

  • Nice! I didn't know those existed. Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 17:08

We use underground cameras but the problem is that gopher tunnels intersect with other tunnels. A female gopher can have 6-10 tunnels connected to her den with pups inside, allowing her to relocate them in an emergency. The rigid cameras are too short to do much good and the others are too flimsy. We’ve tried to modify RC cars the size of our thumbs and they either can’t pull the line/weight, dirt, rocks and debris, or the gophers attack them, which is entertaining to watch. If you can find a semi-rigid line and practice using it, you may be able to have some success with it. I use them daily and still have trouble at times. I buy mine on Amazon, they’re inexpensive and work with all cell phones. Go with one that works in color and in 0 light. They’re so much better.

I agree with Sherwood Botsford, go with gopher traps, they’re the only true method and a permanent solution.

  • Look up Kyzee, that’s the best one I’ve purchased so far as it works with the cell phone and has a long line. I’d avoid the long slender ones, we went through several in a day or two, some arrived non-functioning. If you don’t mind a handheld, make sure you get one that’s waterproof, has a higher LED count and resolution. I hope this helps. Commented Feb 17, 2023 at 23:44
  • Have you ever looked into tube robots like these? vinerobots.org I wonder if the noise from the air compression would defeat the purpose of attempting to monitor them. Commented Nov 6, 2023 at 0:26

I've seen 'endoscope' attachements for your phone, but they only reach a few feet.

Here, a pocket gopher can have several hundred feet of tunnel in his approximately 1/4 acre territory.

Buy gopher traps. Go to youtube to learn how to use them.

  • Do you have any advice or resources for best practices with where to set traps? I have set many and caught a few, but the success rate is about 1/5 traps catch anything. I would also be interested in what the behavioral patterns of pocket gophers are when it comes to covering up holes. I've had a few attempts to just find where the plugged tunnel opens up again, but it can be really difficult to tell what's a hole in some cases. Commented Nov 6, 2023 at 0:24

I have had some success putting smokers down a gopher hole entrance and then sealing it with pinecones/rocks. Not sure if this is something you're willing to do, but it worked really well for me in Colorado.

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