mole damage in the lawn - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gwynn51
March 25, 2010
now that the heavy snow has melted, our lawn is inundated with mole tracks and tunnels. What should we do????


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010

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How disappointing for you! Moles 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 will be attracted to your yard. 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 also effective mole deterrents. Once you've eliminated the moles you can stomp down the tunnels, add more soil to bring everything up to level, then reseed the areas. The grass will fill in over the summer months. Best wishes with your lawn!

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