I did a lot of research on this a couple years ago. The best solution I
1) Get a lawn chair, pitch fork and a beer
2) Stomp down the tunnel
3) Sit in the chair over the tunnel
4) Drink the beer
5) When you see the tunnel start to pop back up, insert the pitch fork
quickly into the bulge
6) Repeat as necessary
A mole trap works best. It's a 4" wide plastic tube with a snare in one
end. You open up one of their entrances and place the trap over the
opening. The mole will try to fill the hole back up with dirt and get
caught in the trap. Works every time.
I like John's way better. Trapping moles is like trapping coons: Let 'em
go and the damn things just find their way back. Besides, mortally
stabbed moles add nutrients to the soil and, well, you get to sit around
drinking beer doing it John's way.
It's actually a spring loaded snare. A wire grabs the mole around the neck
and kills it.
BTW, I know a family that actually traps gophers on their farm and excorts
them a few miles away so as not to hurt them. Oh brother.
I've tried two different types of mole traps - the spikes and the jaws.
My moles are small (mouse sized) and I found a mouse trap worked best
outside one of the entrances. The regular mole traps are much too big for
:I did a lot of research on this a couple years ago. The best solution I
:1) Get a lawn chair, pitch fork and a beer
:2) Stomp down the tunnel
:3) Sit in the chair over the tunnel
:4) Drink the beer
:5) When you see the tunnel start to pop back up, insert the pitch fork
:quickly into the bulge
:6) Repeat as necessary
Where I live I never got this problem. Then, mysteriously, a hole
appeared in the dirt. I'd fill it and the hole would reappear. This must
have happened close to a dozen times. I threw a brick on top and the
hole appeared alongside the brick. Finally, I tossed 2 bricks on top and
the hole hasn't reappeared. My soil is clayish, generally.
:> anyone know of a good way to eliminate moles?
:> i have sandy soil. they dig tunnels (not real deep) and make small dirt:> piles.
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Raccoons, moles, carpenter ants, underground nests of yellow jackets --
I've had to deal with all manner of vile, destructive creatures since we
inherited this place 7 years ago. Moles I know about since our
neighborhood is filled with lawns trashed by them, and the most
effective way I've found to rid yourself of the ones that show up is by
gassing them as soon as you see their distintinctive burrows and dirt
piles. Pay no heed to those who advise using mothballs or urinal cakes,
or even those radio-wave contraptions you stake into the ground; the
little beasts just avoid it and go tunneling somewhere else on your
lawn. Or worse, your next-door neighbor's, which doesn't exactly foster
good neighbor relations. Also fairly useless are those spring-loaded
contraptions that drive big metal punji-sticks when the moles use the
trail the following night after you've smushed the raised grass over the
burrow down with your foot are especially hit or miss; most often miss
and not worth the expense.
So -- find the nearest Ace hardware store and get yourself a 4-pack of a
highly effective smoke-gas bomb called "The Giant Destroyer." They look
like really long M-80s. I've tried other gas-smokers from Home Depot,
but they don't burn nearly as long and they're not anywhere as good.
Thing is, for effective gassing, you need to do it the instant you see a
new trail/dirt pile on your lawn (usually first thing in the morning)
because the longer and more branches the burrow gets, the harder it is
to eliminate them. And if they're able to reach the sanctity of getting
under a sidewalk or concrete porch, they're almost impossible to get rid
of. Follow the directions in the package, and that ought to solve the
problem with that particular mole and any associated kin.
Since I have absolutely no affection whatsoever for the pest division of
the animal kingdom, I've also made myself a pretty nifty mole killer
made from a push broom handle with three old rusty-blade pocketknives
duct-taped to it. Same Death From Above principle as the metal
punji-stick contraption, but more reliable and easier to lug around than
a pitchfork. I keep this one around for when I'm able to catch the
little buggers in the act at night every now and then, or when they try
to take off clawing a new burrow when they're getting gassed. Nothing
like blood on the blade to tell you mission accomplished.
Yes, moles do nature -- and your lawn -- a service by eating grubs,
which actually destroy more lawn than moles. But they also eat
earthworms/nightcrawlers, which are of more benefit to your lawn than
moles. If moles fixed my lawn after screwing it up while getting their
grub/crawler fix, they'd be OK by me, but they don't, so they just end
up dead meat.
Get yourself a shotgun with lots of ammo and just get out there and start
blasting away! Those varmits must be educated and you, professor have a
duty to perform. If your neighbor comes out to complain give him the
hundred yard stare and then continue with the battle. If you could
manufactor some sort of explosive device I think that is a real plus. For
example, moles find molotov cocktails most impressive and that isn't even
considering what you could do with various black powder devices. Enjoy and
we expect a complete report hopefully with jpgs.
I don't know if you've ever seen those wooden windmills, or the duck with
the wings that go round and round on a pole in the yard, but my Dad used to
make those and sell them to neighbors. I asked him once why anyone would
want one of those things in their yard, and he said they repel moles'n sech.
The wind makes the wings go round or the windmill turn and the sound goes
down the pole into the ground and the moles don't like this sound radiated
into the ground so they don't hang around. I don't know how much of an area
this would cover, but you could get one probably at your local garden store
and try one out for a while.
Moles are carnivores. It's kinda hard to rid your place of beneficial
earthworms, their main diet, without damaging the soil, and making the soil
compact and plant-unfriendly.
I either drown them with a garden hose - plugging hose into burrow, or
getting out there in the AM when they are active, and skewer them with a
multi-tyne pitch fork.
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