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Gopher Control

Gophers have eaten your lemon tree, your orange tree, and your fig tree. They've eaten your Heirloom tomato plants, your lemon cucumbers, and your fennel. Gophers have killed your camellia, upended your roses, and chewed through your sprinkler lines. They've wrecked your lawn, they're a hazard to your livestock... and right now, Gophers are probably out there eating anything that still remains alive.

You need to get rid of your Gopher Problem

A report performed by the University of Nebraska for the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proven our gopher control technique involving the introduction of engine exhaust to the gopher burrow to be 90% effective for the removal of gophers.

Link to U of N report - see page B-25

The Crittergetter is not your typical gopher control product. It exterminates gophers through the use of engine exhaust from a car, truck, tractor, mower, ATV, or nearly any other type of combustion engine, diesel or gasoline. Quite plainly stated: Exhaust Kills. Your problem gopher lives inside a burrow. That burrow is a confined space. The Crittergetter will fill that confined space with a toxic gas that will lull your gopher to sleep painlessly and permanently... that´s the end of your gopher problem.

Concerned about how the Crittergetter may affect your environment? Read The Crittergetter – An Alternative to Poison to find out how the Crittergetter works and why common fertilizers, pesticides, and pest control products are markedly more harmful to your children, your pets, and you.

Gopher Mound

The Crittergetter is the only proactive gopher control product available. When applied properly, the burrow system of the gopher is no match for the Crittergetter because its use of high pressure exhaust makes it singularly capable of reaching the farthest reaches of any burrow. Nearly every other product on the market relies on an action from the gopher to be effective; the Crittergetter takes the action to these unrelenting pests. Use the Crittergetter for your gopher control needs and "bring the business" to your gophers, before your gophers give the business to you.

Not a gopher? Have other critter issues in addition to gophers? Not a problem. The Crittergetter is the lone product available where it doesn´t matter what type of critter you need to get rid of… the results are always the same; the Crittergetter turns the entire burrow into a toxic environment, regardless of the critter type.

A note regarding exhaust pipe sizing:

Vehicle exhaust pipes are sized as they are for a reason. Attempting to reduce an exhaust pipe to a 3/4-inch or 5/8-inch diameter will cause excess backpressure resulting Critter Moundin valve and catalytic converter damage. If the automakers could use pipes of these smaller diameters for their exhaust systems, they would have done so long ago and saved themselves a great deal of money.

Our use of engine exhaust for gopher extermination is not a new idea. Savvy Farmers and Landowners throughout the U.S. have been successfully using engine exhaust and a far from perfected, inefficient mish-mash of incompatible parts, as an abatement technique for decades. The Crittergetter simply provides a properly constructed tool, made of the appropriately sized parts, to efficiently and effectively use this technique in one easy to use kit.

Unlike most poisons, baits, traps, toxic castor oil, and other products used for gopher control; the Crittergetter is safe for use around both children and pets.

Gopher curious? Scan to the bottom of this page to learn more about these relentless pests. For those interested in learning more about the Crittergetter, pest identification, and much more; the toolbar´s above and to the left provide links to resources and information specific to many types of burrowing animals including sections on damage prevention measures and specific animal habitats. In addition, for homeowners in cities and tight-knit suburbs lacking the access requirements to use the Crittergetter for their gopher control needs, we provide links to alternative product manufacturers, alternative product retailers, and other informational websites that will help these individuals to get rid of their gophers or other burrowing pests.


To order a Crittergetter simply follow the easy steps below.

  1. Measure your exhaust pipe.
  2. Tailpipe measurement example 1

    For this application an "Up to 3-inch" Homeowner Crittergetter or a 3" (7.6 cm) Original Crittergetter should be ordered.

    Correct way to measure an odd sized tailpipe

    This is the correct way to measure an odd shaped tailpipe. A "3-inch Plus" Homeowner Crittergetter or a 4" (10.2 cm) Original Crittergetter should be ordered.

  3. Determine the required length of your Crittergetter by measuring the distance from your vehicle to the burrow opening or mound. (For the average person, one large step equals about 3-feet.)

  4. Select a Crittergetter from our product selection below.

We have two versions of the Crittergetter: The Original and The Homeowner. The Original Crittergetter hose is constructed of very heavy gage 3-Ply Polyester Yarns, is tough enough to be driven over by a car on a rocky surface without being damaged, and was created with the intent of withstanding continuous vigorous use. For those who do not require the industrial strength and durability of the Original, we have the Homeowner Crittergetter. By forming a union between the Original Crittergetter hose and our lightweight plastic hose we can offer a product that is better suited to the majority of our users needs. Other benefits of the Homeowner Crittergetter as compared to the Original Crittergetter are as follows:


100% customer satisfaction is very important to us - If you are not satisfied with your Crittergetter for any reason, please return it! See our Return Policy for details.

Homeowner Crittergetter

Homeowner Crittergetter

Priced From: $29.99
Reasonably priced two day shipping available

Up to 3-inch Homeowner Crittergetter - 50 feet long - Suitable for exhaust pipes from ¾-inches to 3-inches

3-inch Plus Homeowner Crittergetter - 50 feet long - Suitable for exhaust pipes from 2-inches to 4-inches

50-foot Hose Extension/Replacement - Available for both Homeowner Crittergetter Models

Coupler - Available for both Homeowner Crittergetter Models - one coupler is required per extension

See all 6 Homeowner Crittergetter Products

Original Crittergetter

Original Crittergetter

Priced From: $36.86
Reasonably priced two day shipping available on select items

2-inch Crittergetter - Suitable for exhaust pipes from ¾-inches to 2-inches

2 ½-inch Crittergetter - Suitable for exhaust pipes from ¾-inches to 2 ½-inches

3-inch Crittergetter - Suitable for exhaust pipes from ¾-inches to 3-inches

4-inch Crittergetter - Suitable for exhaust pipes from 2-inches to 4-inches

The Gopher

The gopher is often confused with the vole or the mole because of the similarities they share in their burrowing technique, however, all of these creatures leave their own exclusive calling cards that can be used to differentiate between them. The gopher´s calling card can be found in the way the gopher creates its mounds. A gopher mound will typically be found in a fan shape...

Id Your Gopher

Gophers are often referred to as pocket gophers due to the presence of fur lined pouches found on either side of their mouth. The gopher has the ability to turn these pockets inside out and uses them to carry food. Their small eyes and ears leave them with extremely poor sight and sound attributes and heavy dependence on their sense of touch. The gopher´s whiskers function as a part of this sense of touch; they are very sensitive and aid them in their subterranean travels. The gophers bald tail also helps...

Gopher Geography

Pocket gophers are found only in the Western Hemisphere ranging from Panama in the south to Alberta in the north...

Where Gophers Live

Gophers exist in a wide range of living conditions: pocket gophers are found in geographical elevations ranging from lowland costal areas, to mountains in excess of 12,000 feet amidst a wide array ...

What Gophers Eat

Pocket gophers are voracious herbivores; although they tend to prefer forbs and roots the gopher will eat nearly any type of plant it comes across including grasses, shrubs, seedlings, and trees. Any animal matter consumed in its diet would most likely have been ingested by...

Gopher Facts

The gopher is often confused with the mole and vole due to habitat overlap and similar eating habits — Control methods differ for these three species; many people misidentify their target and often use improper techniques in their abatement ...

Gopher Damage

Gophers, if left unchecked, can cause extensive damage to household utility items as well as plant life. The pocket gopher has been known to chew through irrigation lines and utility cables as well as undermine and weaken a home foundation. The plant damage they may cause can include stem girdling and clipping, root pruning, and even root exposure. There also is the danger the gopher may smother some plant life when piling soil...

Gopher Damage Prevention

The key to controlling gopher damage lies in proper prevention - once you have gophers, regardless of how vigilant you are in your prevention techniques, chances are very good that you'll have one again at some point and it's better to have prevention items in place first rather than find out too late that you have a new "visitor". Many of these techniques are the same preventative measures you would use for other burrowing critters such as moles, voles, chipmunks, squirrels, woodchucks, shrews, prairie ...

Gopher Control Methods

Please see our Resource Directory for links to retailers who sell many of the Gopher Control products mentioned below...

Gophers are frustrating, especially when combined with your planned landscaping. What seems to make the damage done by these animals worse is the intelligence displayed by them when attempting to stop them: Gophers seam to learn to avoid and overcome traps, they hide and barricade themselves away from danger, they adapt to noise, and they learn to shun baits and poisons. Often adding even more frustration, is the common error of confusing your gopher with some other sort of perpetrating animal, which typically causes the use of inappropriate products, and in turn, ineffective treatment. Considering all of these contributing factors, it's a wonder anyone is ever able to gain any sort of control over these animals. Use of the Crittergetter removes much of the contradiction and confusion created due to the differing types of treatment required for each individual critter, and unlike traps, poison baits, and most other pest control methods, the Crittergetter does not rely on any action from the gopher or other pest to be effective. By delivering a fast moving, burrow-end reaching, 'non-pest specific' pressurized carbon monoxide gas, the Crittergetter, unlike many other products, will be effective regardless of what type of burrowing pest it comes up against because its quick delivery does not allow any critter the time to hide.

A note regarding critters who are surface tunneling - surface tunneling is when a tunneling critter travels around at a shallow depth, slightly raising the ground - creating a trail that is easily followed. When these animals (Moles, Voles, and Gophers) are engaged in this type of foraging activity the Crittergetters effectiveness may be diminished due to the shallow nature of these tunnels allowing the gasses to escape. Have Faith! The Crittergetter has been used successfully against this activity. The velocity of the exhaust in the small tunnel is great enough to keep any loss to a minimum - the path of least resistance is down the burrow, not pushing through broken soil! However, it may require a couple of applications using the Crittergetter to eliminate this critter.

Your results using the Crittergetter and its immediate effectiveness during use will depend largely on how established your critter has become. In the situation where a burrow opening is at the end of a large burrow system persistence is the key - Reapply if necessary - Once you have eliminated a long time resident, newcomers will be much easier to control.

More straight forward and easy to understand information regarding pocket gopher, mole, and vole control can be found at our partner site: Gopher Guide. Don't forget to check out their honest and direct evaluations of many of the gopher, mole, and vole abatement products available on the market today.

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