The Q&A Archives: moles!!! What do we do???

Question: We have a mole working in our lawn and adjacent planter bed. Traps do not seem to work and boy does it do some damage! Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?? Signed, not much lawn left in Alpine.

Answer: Moles are annoying, aren't they? Moles have moved in because you have nice organic soil with tasty worms and grubs. You can try eliminating the grubs in your lawn, but 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 will be attracted to your yard. The only sure way of eliminating moles is to trap them. Although you said you tried, you may have been setting the traps in the wrong places. 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 as well.

Best wishes with your mole trapping project!

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