Skeeter Über Alles, gopher Weibchen!
A few of you asked how I get rid of the pocket gophers. You definitely don't need dynamite like they used on Caddyshack. I use the Death Clutch Gopher Trap. They have NEVER failed me. I've been using them for 8 years now, and other than the one that just wore out, and the one that got "lost", they haven't let me down.
These traps aren't "for dummies". The spring is very strong and the jaws are sharp. Read and follow the directions to set the trap. Wear gloves and be safe around this device.
I tie a short rope to the loop end of the handle and then place a small weight on the other end of the rope. I like to place the trap well into the gopher tunnel, so only the gopher will be trapped. I cover the tunnel entrance and the rope with a small, brightly colored plastic bin so that it can easily be seen (and avoided), and that dogs and cats won't catch the gopher's scent and be tempted to investigate the tunnel while the trap is active.
The trap will develop a little rust in moist environments. The rust brushes off easily with a wire brush. That's all the long term maintenance I've ever had to do on these traps and they just keep on working whenever I need them.
I bought mine at a local hardware store. They are also available on the Internet through Amazon.