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Gopher Facts

  • A gopher spends 99% of their lives living in underground tunnels and nests.
  • A gopher is active all year long, even when snow is present.
  • A gopher is continuously changing and sealing tunnels within a day or two.
  • A gopher may construct as many as 300 mounds in a year while moving over 2-4 tons of soil within a few weeks

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Mole Facts

  • Moles do not hibernate.
  • Moles can dig at the rate of 17 ft. per hour.
  • Moles speed through existing tunnels can be 70 ft. per min.
  • Moles have to eat every three to four hours or they will starve.

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Vole Facts

  • Voles can be confused with a field mouse.
  • A vole is commonly called a “meadow mouse” or a “field mouse”.
  • Voles can be identified by its stocky build, short tail, and small eyes.
  • Voles breeding season encompass most of the year and can average 10 litters per year.

PEST CONTROL PREVENTION VS REACTING:

The Best Agricultural Investment

Agricultural investment has outperformed traditional asset classes such as stocks, bonds and cash for some time, a fact backed by the sound fundamentals backing agricultural investments.

The world population is growing, with most experts predicting a growth of 40% by 2050, and a correlated growth in demand for food of at least 50%. This, combined with the diminishing supply of agricultural land is pushing up the value of agricultural land at an annual average of more than 18% over the last three years.

Here’s an interesting fundamental fact driving agricultural investments: The current commitments to biofuel use from the USA, EU, Japan, China, Canada, and India, would use up around 440 million acres, that’s all of the agricultural land in North America and 11% of the worlds farmland. This demand will continue to pressure output, and put agricultural land at a premium.

So, what could be considered the best agricultural investment?

AGRICULTURAL INFESTATIONS

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Vineyards

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Orchards

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Crops

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Tree Farms

CATEGORIES OF INFESTATIONS ON AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES

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Baiting:

Although baiting can be successful, its effects are not permanent or even long-lasting in most areas. Success seldom, if ever, results in mortality of all gophers, and the standard baits lose effectiveness in a relatively short time, often leaving enough animals to re-populate in a year or two. Also the potential of the animal to become bait shy increases as the treatment progresses.

Damage to Livestock & Machinery:

Gophers can cause serious damage when they establish tunnel systems in cultivated farming areas, rangelands, orchards, tree farms and lawns.

When there are many gophers they can damage field and pasture crops by eating the crops and by forming mounds which interfere with farm machinery. Gophers reduce the amount of livestock forage available on rangelands by harvesting and burying vegetation.

Economics of Damage and Control:

It is relatively easy to determine the value of lost forage due to the presence of pocket gophers. Southern pocket gophers, at a density of 32 per acre, decreased the forage yield by 25% on foothill rangelands in California, where the plant composition was nearly all annual plants. Plains pocket gophers reduced forage yield on rangeland in western Nebraska by 21% to 49% on different range sites and reduced alfalfa yield in eastern Nebraska by 35%.

Diseases:

Voles are primary and intermediary hosts for several transmittable pathogens impacting humans, pets and livestock, including:

  • Hantavirus (Prospect Hill strain)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Hyatid Disease (tapeworms)
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob strains of spongiform encephalopathy
  • Hemorrhagic Fever (HFRS)
  • Voles also transmit foot and mouth disease strains to livestock.

MB EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS

It is best if you evaluate the field with a Mole Busters Agricultural Specialist and consultant about the history of treatment methods, most effective methods, ongoing treatment methods, least effective methods of treatment and potential hazards along with other miscellaneous matters that pertain to your landscape. As with most environmental problems, early warning and your prompt action are essential for successful solutions.

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