The Q&A Archives: How to rid my lawn of the Eastern mole

Question: I need to know the best way to rid my lawn of the Eastern mole. I have seen one dead since we put out poisonous bait, but the problem has not ended. I have also covered the entire lawn with Bayer advanced insect control to kill grubs, earthworms, etc.. Nothing's worked. I desperately need help since I am a full time at home gardener.

Answer: The only sure way of eliminating moles 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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