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4 Hazards of Having Gophers on Your Property

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While looking out your window of your Redlands, California home, you may have noticed several horseshoe-shaped mounds starting to pop up. If so, these mounds are a sign that gophers are invading your lawn. When these furry pests come onto your property, they present the following four potential hazards.

Gophers Cause Extensive Damage to Your Lawn

Since you have already noticed dirt mounds in your yard, you can already see some of the damage gophers can do. However, these piles of dirt only show the surface damage.

While digging their tunnels underground, gophers cause two types of damage to your lawn. First, the holes they dig in the ground weaken the integrity of your yard. If there is a cave-in, you could end up with larger surface holes that ruin the yard's beauty and uniformity.

Second, since gophers are strict vegetarians, they eat the roots of your grass while they dig and even pull blades of grass down through the soil. You may start seeing brown patches in your otherwise lustrous, green lawn.

Flowers and Trees Become Food

Grass is not the only food source for gophers. While underground, they may also start eating the roots of your trees and flowers. If you have bulbs planted, they most likely will start feeding on those as well.

Since gophers do not stay underground, these pests can also start feasting on your bedding plants as well. At first, you may start noticing flower heads missing that were present the previous day. Then, you may start seeing entire flower plants gone as the gophers drag them down into their holes and tunnels to nibble on later.

Dirt Mounds Become a Walking Hazard

Gophers do not just pose a risk to your lawn and landscaping. They can also present a risk to you and your household's well-being. Those dirt mounds you see in your lawn not only look bad, but they are also a walking hazard.

Because the ground under the mounds is hollow, you or a family member could step into the hole if you are not careful. The sudden, unexpected drop could jar your foot, ankle, or leg.

If you or your child's foot catches in the hole, there is the risk of twisting or breaking your ankle. And if a gopher is under the ground and near the mound, they may try to bite whoever's foot is inside, presenting another potential health hazard, as discussed below.

Gophers Carry Diseases

As mammals, gophers have the ability to carry rabies. Although they do not exhibit symptoms themselves, they can bite you or another household member and pass on the infection. If you have a small child, they may try to pet or grab a gopher out of its hole, increasing the risk of a bite.

However, rabies is not the only disease you have to worry about when you have gophers on your property. Gophers are also carriers of other serious diseases, such as the plague, hantavirus, and monkeypox.

Monkeypox is one of the more common diseases found in gophers. The disease starts out with flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, extreme fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. As it progresses, tiny pustules form on the skin.

If you suspect you have gophers and want to avoid the dangers discussed above, you should get in touch with a pest control expert before you end up with a large colony of gophers. We are a family-owned business serving the Redlands area for 26 years. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and discuss options for getting rid of your gopher problem.

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Signs of Termites in Your Home | Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc

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Southern California is a great place to live. You love your home and want it to remain a comfortable place to reside for many years. One way to protect your home is to have it inspected for common pests familiar to San Bernardino County, such as mice, certain species of spiders (including the long-legged sac spider), and the Western subterranean termite.

Termites in particular are something to watch out for because unlike other unwanted home invaders, they can do drastic damage to your property. Discover 5 signs you may have this aggressive termite on your property so you can recognize their presence and have your termite and pest control specialist eradicate them for you.

Night-Time Swarming

The Western subterranean termite is an underground dweller, forming colonies in the thousands over several years. When mating season is at full strength, their 'flyers' will swarm at night seeking mates and a new place to call home. You will notice the tiny insects in large numbers during the early spring and fall seasons.

In addition to seeing actual swarms, you may also notice other signs of these flyers at work. As they mature, they discard their wings, which you will find near their colonial exits.

Sawdust Residue

This species of termite prefers to eat softer spring wood, leaving summer wood alone. Their primary source of food is Douglas fir, which they can devour in large quantities. As the Western subterranean termite eats its way through a home's structure, they leave behind sawdust piles. Since they eat wood internally rather than burrow through from the outside, you will likely notice the sawdust residue left behind before you notice the honeycomb design of their eating patterns.

Droppings

Termite droppings look very similar to dark soil or dry coffee grounds. You may find large piles of excrement in damp, warm areas, such as in your basement, a crawlspace, or even in your garage. You may also find sawdust residue near droppings as termites expose themselves when they enter your home to feed.

Dirt Mounds

If you have a very large Western subterranean termite infestation on your property that has been maturing for many years, you may find large dirt mounds near your home or by wood piles in your yard. These structures are hard-packed with saliva and may contain many holes on the outside for termites to gain access to their complex tunnels. Some of these mounds can be several feet tall.

Never approach a termite mound if you believe you have one in your yard. Keep pets and children away from any mounds you find, even if you do not see termites in them or they appear to be abandoned. These termites dwell underground and are reclusive, so odds are there may be thousands of them that you cannot see.

Structural Damage

As many as 1 in 5 homes are damaged by this species of termite. The Western subterranean termite prefers to eat timber from the inside out, which means you will not find structural damage without pulling back part of your foundation. The evidence of these termites is quite clear once exposed as they leave behind large grooves in a honeycomb pattern in the wood they eat.

If you notice that you have signs of termite damage in your home or property, it's important to call a pest control expert right away. Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc. has been serving Redlands and surrounding locations for 26 years. This family-owned business can identify and eradicate your termite issues for you. Contact their friendly staff to schedule an inspection of your home to protect it from these aggressive pests.