grib control - Knowledgebase Question

Jackson, Te
Question by kj_wood2000
November 26, 2009
can i do anything now to avoid the massive grub and mole infestation i had this past summer

Answer from NGA
November 26, 2009


Grubs feed near the soil surface from July through October but go deep into the soil the other months of the year so they are not readily affected by the chemicals. Next summer you can apply a chemical such as GrubEx to control the grubs. Moles are a whole different challenge! The best way to control these pests is by trapping. Invest in one or two scissors-type traps and set them in the active runs. The best approach is to use a stiff metal probe (like a straightened wire coathanger) to find the main runs. Start at a mound of soil and explore the ground with the probe, finding the longest tunnel. You'll be able to tell by whether or not the probe penetrates into the soil easily. Short tunnels are used infrequently, so your best chance of trapping will be by placing a trap in a frequently used main run. Once you've found a likely tunnel, set the trap and cover it with a section of turf or a board to exclude daylight. Keep setting the trap until you stop catching moles and gophers. It may take an entire season, but persistence pays off and eventually you'll reduce the population of the creatures. Wish there were an easier way to eliminate moles and gophers from the landscape.

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