What's worked for you in getting rid of yard moles?

Bob CatBob Cat GolfopathMembers Posts: 1,663 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

I have one of those spring loaded spike traps but I'm not sure I'm killing anything. But I've never dug one up to find out either.

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  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,757 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Well you're not supposed to completely submerge the traps, if its the one I'm thinking of, so theres that.

    Kill the food source and they will go away. They eat grubs and worms.

    You can also try the gummy worms that have chemicals in them to kill them....but dont do that if you have dogs or other animals you dont want to also die.

  • Dr.FrankenputzDr.Frankenputz Members Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not moles but I used to have gopher/ground squirrel type animals. Tried a few traps without success. Never poisoned as we had a dog. Pellet gun worked the best. After getting 15 or so over about a month period I didn’t see too many; though a few neighbors started to get them; guessing the remaining ones moved to safer spots.
    Can’t wait to see the other responses, good luck. (I’m guessing a caddy shack pic or reference within the next few posts)

  • aenematedaenemated Los Angeles, CAMembers Posts: 160 ✭✭✭

    Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key.

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  • alfridayalfriday Members Posts: 489 ✭✭✭✭

    A good cat will take care of your problem in very short order. But then, you're stuck with a cat.

  • smashdnsmashdn Let's cut them trees down. Members Posts: 1,343 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Shovel. Seriously. Dad finds where they have been digging recently and waits them out. Watch for the ground to start moving, hoist them out of their burrow and coup de gras with the shovel.

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  • JeffreySpicoliJeffreySpicoli Members Posts: 1,957 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve done well with these. Just have to place them properly.

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  • stickfishstickfish Members Posts: 110 ✭✭✭

    Lightly tamp down a few of the tunnels in a couple of places. Moles will keep their main tunnels open and will push them back open generally within 24 hours. Usually you want a few more traps than you are using but one can be effective. Doesn't hurt to put a bit of graphite or teflon on the harpoon portion that slides on the trap before placing to reduce friction. Place the trap over the tunnel without setting and push the tines down through the soil a few times to create pilot holes for the harpoon mechanism, then raise the times up and set the trap, lowering back over with the tines lined up over the holes and the trigger plate just above the soil line. Check back within a day for activity. Good luck.

    Cheers

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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,430 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    A Jack Russell Terrier works well, but your yard wil be torn to shreds. Cats are cleaner and neater.

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  • SNIPERBBBSNIPERBBB Hit Ball Hard SE OhioMembers Posts: 2,677 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Victor out of sights or Steve Albano's no-mol traps are the best. Need to find the long straight runs, not the zigzag feeding tunnels as those aren't always used again.

    Or pay someone that makes a living doing wildlife control work, not a pest company that does bugs.

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  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 1,506 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @third-times-a-charm said:
    Kill the food source and they will go away. They eat grubs and worms.

    I found this to be more effective vs. traps. I would say the shovel / whack a mole is more effective than traps if you have the time.

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  • SNIPERBBBSNIPERBBB Hit Ball Hard SE OhioMembers Posts: 2,677 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    You cant kill enough of the moles food. Besides it would be a short term maybe-fix and a disaster for your yard in the long term. Generally you only have a couple moles per acre in a yard. A competent animal damage control/wildlife control trapper can solve the issue within a week.

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  • bladestrikerbladestriker No. Cal.Members Posts: 1,181 ✭✭

    100% guaranteed effective, when you see them, dump a bottle of pine-sol in the hole, they won’t be seen again.

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    "Nuke the site from orbit, just to be sure..."

  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members Posts: 2,305 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    We've used the vibrating posts that are solar powered... I bought the cheapest ones and one broke immediately, but the other is still working and we've been mole free.

    I've been told on the traps that you have to find the "main line" and put it over that... I have no idea how they work and don't have any experience using them...

    My dog has killed a couple, it wasn't the best for my yard, my wife's sanity, my children's rosy outlook on the world or the carpet she left a dead one on... but she killed it dead.

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  • goondawg goondawg RIP my buddy Members Posts: 1,956 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @smashdn said:
    Shovel. Seriously. Dad finds where they have been digging recently and waits them out. Watch for the ground to start moving, hoist them out of their burrow and coup de gras with the shovel.

    ^^this^^. Don’t bother trying to kill the grubs. Useless waste of time and money. Set traps and/or go out at daybreak with a shovel and watch for them moving around

  • Bob CatBob Cat Golfopath Members Posts: 1,663 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    OP here... trap sprung and upon inspection it looked like one tine came up positive for mole distruction. No new dirt hills suggest success, for the moment.

    Thanks for your humorous feedback.

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  • ohioglfrohioglfr Municipal Junkie Dayton, OhioMembers Posts: 794 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've heard an application of lime on the lawn kills grubs. Kill the grubs and hopefully the moles move on.

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