How to Kill Gophers & Moles with Dry Ice: A Step by Step Guide
So, you have gophers or moles in your garden.
If you’re confused between these two similar species, then read this article that describes the difference between moles and gophers.
There are many different ways that can be used to kill pocket gophers in your yard. So, today, we are discussing dry ice.
If you don’t know, dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide. It does not change from solid to liquid, it sublimates. It changes directly from solid to gas.
So, let’s find out how it works.
Does Dry Ice Kill Gophers & Moles?
Yes, it really kills these rodents.
But, for that, you have to use it properly.
Sometimes, people use dry ice to kill these rodents, but they don’t follow the instructions or they do some mistakes.
What happens next?
They say, “Hey, dry ice doesn’t work. It’s just a waste of time.”
This is not only the case with this solid carbon dioxide. Whatever home remedy or commercial product you are using, if you don’t use it correctly, it is not going to work.
How to Use Dry Ice to Kill Gophers & Moles
Caution (Important): Dry ice has approximately -100oF temperature, therefore it is cold enough to freeze your skin cells, and it can produce serious injuries. So, do not make any physical contact with it. Wear heavy gloves or something like a thick towel while handling it. When you’re breaking the dry ice, wear any protective goggles. Do not store it in an airtight container, because when the carbon dioxide expands, the container can explode. For more information, this article can be helpful.
Step 1: First thing you have to do is to find all the gopher holes present in your yard. If your yard is close to your neighbor’s, then you need the cooperation of your neighbors too.
Step 2: Get some dry ice, and break it into small pieces so that it can be easily dropped into the holes.
Step 3: Be ready, you’ve to be quick. Put a chunk of dry ice into a gopher hole as deeply as you can. Use any tool or your hand (but don’t forget to wear gloves & protective clothing). Now, immediately cover the hole with dirt so the gas won’t go outside. As CO2 is heavy than oxygen, it’ll displace the O2 from the ground.
Step 4: Now, repeat the step 3 with all the gopher holes. But, you have to be quick. When the dry ice sublimates, Gophers will sense it and they will try to run from the other holes. Therefore, quickly put the solid CO2 in all the holes and cover it with dirt.
You can also ask your neighbors to put some dry ice in their holes, if not, then at least cover the holes with dirt otherwise, they will move towards your neighbor’s yard, and they’ll be safe. It will slowly kill all the gophers in their tunnels because they won’t find any oxygen to breathe.
In this video, he uses dry ice to take down groundhog. But, the process is similar. So, check it out.
Other Methods You Can Use
If you don’t want to kill gophers with dry ice, then you can go with other methods. Some of them are given below.
These rodents can create a big mess in our garden, and therefore we need to take them down.
If you use dry ice to remove these rodents from your property, then please leave a comment after that about your experience.