The Q&A Archives: How to rid our propertyof moles?

Question: Our lawn is rapidly becoming mole heaven with such large hills it looks like they are building apartments. We have country property. We have at 2-3 acres of yard (10 acres in all) that are soft with their tunnels. Grubs, I know are a problem, and when I dig in the garden by the house they are plentiful (so they are probably everywhere). We have a dog...any of the grub pesticides are harmful and expensive. We had a lawn service try to get rid of the moles and it was expensive and didn't work. HELP! Carol

Answer: Rodents such as mice and voles use their tunnels like a subway, and they do eat roots and bulbs. Moles tunnels are usually marked by raised soil and a soil pile around the exit hole. If there isn't a heap like this near the hole, then your culprit is probably a mouse, chipmunk or vole. Moles and voles have moved in because you have nice organic soil with tasty worms and grubs. You don't want to eliminate all the underground insects and larvae because they are beneficial, and if you have a healthy population, the moles and voles will be attracted to your yard. 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. 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. Of course, cats are effective also.

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