CBS News — The gophers are now spreading through your backyard and into your car.
But it’s not just your car, it’s your house and your home is no exception.CBS News found a shocking statistic that just might scare you away from owning a car or getting a computer.
A gopher has been spotted in more than 70 percent of the homes in the U.S. that were surveyed.
And that number goes up to 80 percent in the western half of the country.
In all, they have been found in about 25 percent of homes in Texas, Florida and New Mexico, CBS News reported.
The problem is so bad that the Texas State Natural Resources Department has called for an alert for all people living in homes and in other areas with water where the insects are found.
“I would call it a ‘state of emergency,'” said Greg Minkin, the director of Texas State.
Minkin said a number of the states gophers have been spotted on private property in the last year.
He said that’s where they’re found.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said it’s looking into how the bugs can survive in homes.
But Minken said the problem is not limited to the water.
“If you have a gopher infestation in your basement, you can have that bug in your car,” he said.CBS station KXAN-TV in Austin reports the state is now taking steps to make sure your house is safe from the insects.
In addition to the gophers, there are also deer-size deer in Texas and in parts of Oklahoma.
In New Mexico the problem has gotten worse.
The New Mexico State Department of Natural Resources says about a third of all the gopher populations have been seen in the state.
So far, it has found about 2,000 gophers in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture says the gappers are most commonly found in the southern half of New Mexico and they’re usually about the size of a nickel.
The DNR has warned that if you don’t take measures to prevent yourself from having to deal with the bugs, you might have a problem.
“There are so many people in the United States who are at risk,” Mink in New York told KXan.
“If you’re not going to take precautions to keep your house safe, you’re going to have a bad experience.
It’s not the fault of you, it is the fault that you didn’t do the things that you should have done.”
Mink says if you have an infestation, there’s a good chance you’re at risk of contracting the gammers.
He says you should wear gloves and never carry a purse, but if you do carry a phone, you should keep it in a place where the gapper cannot see it.