I have mole mounts in my lawn. Unfortunately, our state bans lethal traps
I have tried mole poison, mole smoke bomb and neither worked.
Has anyone tried passing electric current into the soil strong enough to
annoy the mole so it would leave?
Our two terrifying hunting dogs (One a poodle/terrier, the other a
shihtzu/fence jumper) are always on the hunt. At first it was amusing.
Then they started catching things. They cornered three chipmunks under the
lawnmower the other day, so I lifted up the lawnmower. All three made a
clean escape with the dogs not seeing one of them. Then, the other night, I
go in for bed. SWMBO is on computer. Dead juvenile jackrabbit on bedroom
floor. Quickly shuffle it off to secret location outside. Sometimes they
can go a little too far. Lucky SWMBO didn't see it, or they'd be throw
pillows on the couch by now. She freaks at mice and chipmunks they bring
in. Sometimes not totally dead.
Research shows that Washington state bans the lethal trapping of fur-bearing
animals (no joke). Apparently this law encompases moles, rats, mice,
beavers, wolverines, otters, bears, and the duckbill platypus. Your, then,
choices seem to be:
1. Use a non-lethal trap. Harbor Freight has a small one for not much.
2. Ignore the law.
Of course if you choose option #1, you'll have to visit what to DO with Mr
Do you know your state legislator's home address?
It's any Good Americans right to assume the worst of government.
The more idiotic the claim sounds, the more quickly it is believed.
Moles are unclassified and people may trap or kill moles on their own
property when they are causing damage to crops, domestic animals, or
their property (RCW 77.36.030). With the passing of Initiative 713,
given their body-gripping design, traditionally used mole traps are no
longer legal for use in Washington (RCW 77.15.192, 77.15.194; WAC
232-12-142). There are no exceptions for emergencies and no provisions
that allow WDFW to issue verbal approval or special permits.
Sounds like you just need to buy a legal trap.
I'd go for the fumigation route. That's what worked for me.
Light a little cube and throw it in the hole.
Been a long time since I've had moles but I last used a poison with a
phosphide in it. See such poisons are still around, maybe your hardware
store will have.
Can't imagine a state inspector checking for mole traps.
FWIW, here's my story...some years ago we noted some mole tunnel
eruptions growing in our lawn, sometimes a dozen feet at a time. We
asked an old timer what to do, and his reply was to wait a while and
see what happened. In a few weeks the tunneling slowed, then stopped.
Our advisor said succinctly, "They ate all grubs that were there, now
they're off for a better food source". Since they haven't been back
for nearly two decades he must have been right.
A half-cup of calcium carbide down the hole followed by a generous squirt of
water. Cover hole. Wait.
Uncover hole and, standing some distance away, fling a lit match in the
I don't know whether the ensuing explosion will bother Mr Mole, but it
certainly is exciting to watch.
My little poodle/terrier is vicious on small animals. I caught one in my
Macabee gopher trap, and wanted to see what the dogs would do. One sniffed
it and walked off. The other ripped it from the trap and slung it side to
side about six times in .5 seconds. She digs and digs trying to get them,
but as yet hasn't gotten one by digging. Ours don't come above ground a
lot, but I suspect if they do, they're goners. Now they have moved up to
chipmunks, squirrels, and jackrabbits. Vicious dogs, but the cat still
kicks their butts and makes them yell, and they know better than mess with
any cat. But they have picked up the stalking technique by watching the
cat. Hope they get better on gophers.
The stalking technique helps, but dogs can't see squat at night. Further,
they're genetically programmed to hunt in packs.
Cats, on the other hand, are solitary hunters, superbly equipped for that
role. It is said that a house cat catches its prey* one out of every three
leaps. That's a pretty good average.
* Mouse, lizard, grasshopper, mole, bird, snake, rat, or any of over 1,000
other critters. See "Towser," the current Guiness record holder for the
title of best mouser.
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