The Q&A Archives: Voles and Moles

Question: Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What can we do about these creatures? I have tried castor oil but no good results. They are ruining my yard. Have put down insecticide early to kill grubs so I do not think there is any for them to feed on. Put the grub killer down in May. Castor oil in June. Don't want to use poison due to family pet. Any help you can give is appreciated.

Answer: The only sure way of eliminating moles and voles is to trap them. You can be successful if you set the traps in the main runs rather than in lateral tunnels. Moles use the main run frequently, but the laterals go to sleeping dens and places where they pile debris. To find the main run put on your detective cap and carry a long, thin stick or metal probe. Start exploring the yard, trying to find the direction and location of a long, straight tunnel. Once you've eliminated the short runs and honed in on the main tunnel, carefully set your trap (scissors-type traps are most effective). Cover the top of the trap with a piece of plywood or sod to eliminate light or you'll scare the critters away. Properly set in the main tunnel, your trap should net you a mole. Empty the trap and reset it as often as necessary to get all of the moles. Good luck!

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