Many people have asked us: "What is the difference between the Gopher-It and the MoleMover?
Is one really better for Gophers and the other better for Moles? or other Burrowing Rodent?"
We asked Exhart, the Manufacturer. Their Answer:
"The only difference is the packaging. People on the West coast normally fight Gophers, and people on the East coast have Moles, thus, many retail stores were demanding of separate packaging. In 2008, Exhart finally combined the two names into a single Upgraded package called the Electronic Gopher and MoleMover
We now only carry these New Upgraded Products!
The Electronic Gopher and MoleMover (90067)
helps you get rid of moles and get rid of gophers. The electronic pest control shown above replaces both the Original Gopher-It (90022)
and the Original MoleMover (90066)
. We also carry the 90065 that comes with the optional LED Indicator Feature, and the 90077 Solar Version!
...And they do come fully Upgraded too just as the manufacturer (Exhart) promised they would: New Chatter-Sound Technology, Two times Louder than the Original, 3 times Longer Battery Life / Solar Version, and an extended 5-Year Manufacturer Warranty!
"Gophers & Moles are Driving Me Crazy!"
by Roger M. of CA
Are you having problems with garden pest control? Have lawn pests and burrowing rodents become a sore issue with your garden lawn care? Do you need to get rid of moles or gophers? You are not alone. There are a lot of people struggling with rodent elimination, mole removal, gopher control headaches, and other types of frustrating pest management problems.
I found out on various web forums that many people are desperately looking for a do- it-yourself electronic pest control method for rodent control, specifically to get rid of gophers and moles. I've heard many stories from gardeners and regular people about their home pest control problems. Until I moved into my house, ants in the kitchen were the only pests I had ever battled. Garden gophers are a miserable pest elimination problem.
I've looked at and even tested many of the popular rodent cages, mole traps, gopher traps, and have read about the many different chemicals and poisons available on the market. I've never been willing to try those though, I have a dog, 3 young children that play in the backyard, and have always tried to use natural products whenever possible.
Of all the rodent repellents, ground mole killers, and gopher poisons, and other chemical or electronic pest control devices out there, the only one that I could ever recommend is the Gopher-It by Exhart, a humane electronic pest control product. (Same as their MoleMover product, just named differently for East & West coast name branding. Either will work!)
The Gopher-It is the original electronic rodent repellent that effectively helps eliminate burrowing rodents using a combination of sound and vibration. Of most importance for me, looking for residential pest control for a small backyard, the Gopher-it is safe around children and pets, and the environment. By using electronic rodent control methods, there are no gopher or mole poisons that you need to worry about, there are no triggers, guns, sharp hooks or stakes that your fingers need to worry about, it is super easy to install and maintain, and best of all, it really works!
The Gopher Trap method of gopher control and rodent elimination:
It had gotten beyond searching for a sure fire way to “get rid of moles in my yard!”, and far beyond simply "wanting to get rid of gophers from an inconvenient control problem". You begin to look online for how to kill a mole, and checked eBay for gopher guns. You are pissed, you are upset, and you are in serious need of rodent revenge!
Maybe like me, you purchased a gopher trap, and even put a little gopher bait in it even though the directions indicated it was not necessary. You didn’t care what type of rodent you had, maybe a garden mole, maybe a garden gopher. Mole rat, pocket gopher, ground squirrel, shrews, voles, kangaroo rats, it really didn’t matter. You were fighting to protect your lawn and garden, and it burrowed, it was time for extermination.
The name of the rodent pest trap you purchased most likely had one of the following words in it: Death, Quick-Kill, Cinch, Snap, Spear-type, Chocker Loop, Predator, Professional, or Spike. If you weren’t looking for such a strong vengeance, you may have settled for on of those labor intensive traps that claimed to have a Quick Set, Easy Set, or Instant set function.
One interesting thing to note about gopher traps, and really when you think about it, mole traps, and all pest traps in general, is that in the directions the manufacturer provides with them, they always take a lot of time explaining how to set up the trap (without losing a finger – “Warning: Keep your fingers away form the jaws!”). But have you ever noticed, they don’t really give you any clue about that last part of the process. The last step in the instructions simply reads: "Remove Mole." or "Dispose of Gopher." Regardless or how therapeutic the purchase of your mid-evil looking torture killing device was, that excitement disappears instantly after first use, and is replaced with the stresses of that last step of rodent removal.
If you can confirm that you only have a single gopher in your yard, no others will ever come by, and your conscience can handle it, the trap might work fine as a one time use disposable. You set it with some work in the tunnel, and when you see the lever indicator has moved a few days later, you call on some rodent pest control service to come out and remove the hidden rodent carcass from your yard.
Are you really ready to remove one of these large rodent gopher animals when it is severely injured and maimed by one of these traps? Squealing, shaking, but not dead. If you live in a rural town, make gopher-beef jerky as a past-time, and you live for that kind of stuff, more power to you. But for the rest of us, that is not a part of gopher extermination you want to experience, trust me on that!
Completely and utterly disgusting. Even when it is dead, who on earth wants to deal with pulling out the hooks and spears, and cleaning it for the next use. Not to mention your kids running around crying and yelling, calling you an animal or gopher killer for the next few weeks. It’s just not worth it. If you can’t handle removing the hook and gutting a fish, don’t even bother considering one of the traps. Ingenious as they are, once purchased, most people don’t really use them more than once due to the labor and discomfort they require.
So, unless you grow vegetation for as your lively hood, or you have inspectors or house buyers coming in two days, and you are desperate and have no other choice available, I could never recommend any type of traditional rodent trap. Furthermore, anything that says keep out of reach of children, is not something you want to place in any outdoor garden setting. That’s why electronic pest control products are the best way to go.
Toxic Baits, Chemicals and Poisons for mole pest control, gopher removal and rodent elimination:
One of my top concerns when searching for a gopher repellent was Safety. I didn’t want to put my children at risk, and by no means did I want to turn our yard into a liability. I also didn’t want to harm our vegetable garden, and the environment in any way. In truth, I wasn't even sure we even wanted to kill the gophers; I just wanted them out of my yard.
When it comes to using gopher poisons, or any rodent poisons for that matter, my thoughts are the same. Pesticides are poisonous and dangerous. That is why they are covered in warnings and disclaimers about keeping them locked in sealed sheds away from food, feeds, and out of the reach of children, unauthorized persons, pets, and livestock.
Pesticides applied in your home and landscape can move and contaminate creeks, lakes, and rivers. Who on earth wants to worry about confining chemicals to your own property, about drains or drifts onto neighboring properties, and especially about your own garden fruits or vegetables - probably the reason you have them growing, to AVOID pesticides!
There are other chemical treatment sprays and gaseous smoke bombs on the market recommended as natural and effective pest control substances for the removal of burrowing pocket gophers, moles, and other lawn pests. There is lethal strychnine treated bait, zinc and aluminum phosphide, and other baits containing anticoagulants (diphacinone and chlorophacinone) on the market. See I did do some research!
However, I really prefer not to encourage any addition of chemicals, poisons, or otherwise stated “natural” substances to our environments, including our yards, gardens, soils, and breathing air. So like I said, unless you make a livelihood with your vegetation, are under certain regulatory pressures, and have the recommended budget for safety, testing, and disposals, I do not recommend going the poison or chemical route for your gopher and pest control removal problems.
If you do plan to use Poisons for some reason, please take your remains to an authorized Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. You can contact your county agricultural commissioner for additional information on a safe container disposal site nearest you.
Know thy Rodent Enemy:
Pocket gophers (Thomomys spp.) are burrowing rodents that get their name from the fur-lined external cheek pouches, or pockets, that they use for carrying food and nesting materials. For wreaking havoc in your garden, they are well equipped for a digging, tunneling lifestyle with powerfully built forequarters, and large-clawed front paws. They have fine short fur, (black to light brown in color, sometimes white) that doesn't do well in wet soil, small eyes and ears, and highly sensitive facial whiskers to assist movements in the dark. An unusual adaptation is the gopher's lips, which can be closed behind the four large incisor teeth to keep dirt out of its mouth when it is using its teeth for digging. Pretty cool, you have to admit.
Although, they are sometimes seen feeding at the edge of an open burrow or pushing dirt out of a burrow, they spend the most part underground in elaborate underground burrow systems. They are active all year long, but are most visibly active in the spring and fall when the soil is of the most ideal moisture for digging.
Mounds of fresh soil are the best signs of gopher presence. They are formed when the gopher digs its tunnel and pushes the loose dirt to the surface. The typical gopher mound is fan/crescent- or horseshoe-shaped when viewed from above. The hole, which remains off to the side of the mound, is usually sealed with an earthen plug. Mole mounds can be easily mistaken for gopher mounds. Mole mounds appear circular and conical and have a plug in the center that may not be distinct. It looks more like a raised volcano shaped when looked at from the side. Unlike gophers, moles commonly burrow just beneath the surface, leaving a raised ridge to mark their path. Bring up that tidbit of trivia next time someone brings up that darn CaddyShack gopher!
In irrigated areas such as lawns, flower beds, and gardens, especially beautiful gardens for some reason, digging conditions can be optimal year round and mounds can appear anytime, sometimes multiple in a day. Pocket gophers are herbivorous, feeding on a wide variety of vegetation, but generally they prefer herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. Most commonly they feed on the roots and fleshy portions of plants that they encounter while digging. That explains why gardeners hate gophers so much. Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, and feed freely on garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees.
A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Gophers also gnaw and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can divert and carry off irrigation water and lead to soil erosion. Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the aesthetics of well-kept turf grass.
Gopher-It by Exhart is the #1 choice for gopher and mole removal.
You’re over the mole trap, you’re done with the gopher poison, and you’ve decided to skip the ineffective chewing gum or laxatives-placed-in-burrow method in hopes of ridding your garden of these nasty critters.
Exhart has been a leader in electronic pest control products since the release of the Gopher-It and MoleMover rodent elimination devices. Since its initial release in 1987, the company claims to have successfully helped over 1 million satisfied customers get rid of moles and gophers with their ingenious and truly natural pest control product.
No need to do any more research, no need to dig, no need to refill the bait, or check the cages and traps for false catches every 3 days. Simply place this great electronic pest control product in the ground and you’re done, 6 months later you can change the batteries.
Gophers and moles are very territorial and can put up a strong resistance. When you first use this product (I believe it is explained in the directions), you will likely experience increased tunnel activity, possibly right near the unit. They are curious to figure out what the heck is this new annoying sound driving them mad. To them it is like living with an external causing migraine headache. The proprietary VibraSound technology emits specific vibrations, sound waves and frequencies will always prevail in the end and get rid of gophers and moles.
Many competitors have come and gone trying to emulate and imitate Gopher-It electronic pest control products. Do not be fooled by the various imitation products that falsely claim amazing ultrasonic pest control and superior sonic mole removal success. The triumph and success of the Gopher-It as a rodent repellent is and remains unmatched in the lawn and garden industry. Don’t settle for imitations, purchase the original Gopher-It!