Managing Ground Squirrels and Gophers

by Niamh Quinn | TLE Seminar


Seminar Dates: November 16, 2022 8:00 AM

Seminar Cost: $35 Register for Seminar

Seminar Description:
Gophers and ground squirrels are some of the most damaging landscape pests and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to high value landscape, particularly turf.  Join Dr. Niamh Quinn as she discusses strategies for integrated approaches these burrowing rodents.  Information will be provided on fumigation, rodenticide, trapping, and other approaches to gopher and ground squirrel management.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identification of squirrels, gophers, and their damage.
2. Laws and regulations surrounding the application of rodenticide for the management of these species.
3. Alternatives to the use of rodenticide for the management of gophers and ground squirrels.

Niamh Quinn

Niamh Quinn is University of California Cooperative Extension Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor, based at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine.
She facilitates interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. Her focus is directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation.​​
  Niamh's previous research efforts have focused on human-wildlife conflicts in California nut crops and lowland rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia. She earned a BS in zoology and PhD in small mammal ecology, both from National University of Ireland, Galway.