The Q&A Archives: Mole Control

Question: What is the best way to get rid of those pesky MOLES, that are digging mountians in our yard? We tried playing stick the hose in their holes, but that didn't work, tryed putting pellets in holes, but they spit them back up.
" HELP ", if you have a good answer, we'll try any thing!

Answer: Trapping is the only sure-fire way of getting rid of moles. Here in Western Washington we have the largest, most active moles around - Townsend's Moles. If it's any consolation, moles like moist, organic soil full of grubs and other delicacies. So, their presence is a compliment to your abilities as a gardener. To trap moles (scissors-type traps are most effective), find the main run by probing the soil between mounds and placing your trap there. Moles dig seldom-used tunnels off the main run, so you may have to place the trap several times before you discover their main run. It takes time and patience, but you can trap and kill the moles that have taken up residence in your yard.

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