On Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:41:16 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We trap them or poison them if they're close to the house; otherwise we
ignore them. I derive particular satisfaction from flattening their hills
and runs with the lawn tractor tires.
I'd rather have moles than kill all the grubs (a preferred food of theirs)
in the lawn with insecticide.
The soil in my yard is heavy clay and they like to run just under the
thin layer of topsoil. In sandy areas moles often stay deep enough to be
Yes, some swear by those baits while others say that
trapping is the best approach.
Eliminating most of the grubs from your turfgrass seems
to help, as they're a favorite food source for moles.
Neonicotinoids have replaced most of the Organophosphates
now as mostly a prevention, such as Merit or Grub-X.
These controls are IPM, they only target specific
pests, and have no apparent effect on earth worms.
There are concerns about Neonicotinoid use and bee
kill though, especially in the liquid form, so they
may not be available much longer.
You can have 5 grubs per square foot under your lawn
and never really notice, until the skunks and raccoons
find them and shred your turf chowing down on them.
I've always called grubs 'land shrimp'.
Reading about current use the phosphide baits release phosphine gas in
the rodents stomach which kills it. I wonder if the stuff I used
released gas into the tunnels to kill them all. It is nasty stuff and
could have been toned down.
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