I think I am getting my thistle problem under control . Well, now I am
starting to see mole tracks in the yard . Today I looked out and I have a
pile of dirt in the yard that wasn't there last night . I don't know much
about moles . Now, is this pile of dirt where they start their tunnel, end
it or what ? I would like to know a way to get rid of these varmints .
Any suggestions ?
BTW: I am not an animal activist so don't worry about any effective way, I
don't care how it is done . As long as I get rid of them.
On Sat, 10 Jun 2006 07:24:02 -0500, " Hilltop Cycle ATV"
I've found that removing their food supply works best, plus makes for
a healthier yard. Get rid of your Grubs.
I used Milky Spore, it's long lasting, and nontoxic. Your neighbors
yards will seem more appealing to the mole(s).
While moles eat grubs and if you have a grub problem it should be dealt
with, moles have a wide variety of food sources. It's a myth that
having moles automatically equates to a grub problem. It's not
unusual to have a lawn that doesn;t have a grub problem, but still has
This time of year, in the OP's location, my money's on grubs, everytime.
Grubs and earthworms are a mole's main diet.
From _Fieldbook of Natural History_ by Palmer (Cornell U.) and
Fowler (Penn. State U.)
Common Mole: Food choices (in order of preference)
1. white grubs, and earthworms
2. insect larvae
3. adult insects
(Not really a "wide variety", unless you're going to count each species of
insect's larvae as a "variety").
Star-nosed Mole: 49% worms, 33 % insects, 8 % miscellaneous,
6 % crustaceans, 2 % mollusks, 2% vertebrates
Again, in the OP's location, I'd treat for grubs, or live with the moles,
and let them kill the grubs for you. If you'd rather not treat for grubs,
then sit there with a shovel and wait until you see them tunneling, and
whack em. =)
Here from Washington State Dept of Fish and Wildlife"
Food and Feeding Habits
Although most North American moles are insectivorous, Washington
species are somewhat omnivorous, eating both plants and animals.
A mole's diet is mostly insects and other invertebrates, including
earthworms, centipedes, millipedes, snails, slugs, grubs, ants,
sowbugs, termites, beetles, and crickets.
Stomach samples in Oregon revealed that 70 to 90 percent of the
Townsend mole's diet is earthworms; however it also ate grass roots,
vegetable crop roots and bulbs, and seeds.
Or from NC State Coop Extension:
The mole's diet is almost entirely animal, including earthworms, white
grubs, ants, beetles and other subterranean insects.
Or Univ of Missouri Extension Service:
Jay Chism, University of Missouri Extension Service agronomist in
Lamar, passes along tips for mole control.
Moles feed every two hours, 24 hours a day. One or two moles can cause
lots of damage. A female mole will have only one litter of two to four
babies each spring. Up to 90 percent of the mole diet is earthworms.
Seems there is widespread agreement that moles eat a lot of things
besides grubs that are commonly found in lawns.
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If you are old like have the time....
First I flood their runs and holes with water.
Sometimes when I do that the mole comes to the top for air and then he gets
If that didn't work, I flatten al the runs. Stepping on them, running the
golf cart over them or lawn roller.
Wait and hour and go back and look. Usually the mole will start back up
again in an hour or so and you can see him pushing the ground up. Take a
shovel and jam it in the ground/run about a foot or so behind him.
You can then flush him out with water or use another shovel to dig him up,
or in my case, I sick the dog after him.
It may take a few times of stomping the runs down till you get to his main
that one he uses. You can then watch it to catch him. It takes a little time
But, for an old guy who has been doing it for years, a little time costs
nothing at all.
You must have moles that are a lot different than the ones we have here
in NJ. In all my many years of dealing with moles, I have never seen
one re-open a tunnel in an hour. Here it always happens overnight.
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