lawn ground moles - Knowledgebase Question

castalia, Oh
Question by mmaggiemagic
March 26, 2010
we have ground moles running now. how do we get rid of them without killing the earth worms?


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Answer from NGA
March 26, 2010

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Moles eat grubs and are more likely to hang around gardens with a large population of grubs. Moles will also eat earthworms but I don't think they are quite as attracted to them because of their sizes (grubs are fat a juicy!) Milky Spore Disease, Merit, or Grubex are all registered for use against grubs. Although they are sometimes marketed for spring application, they should be applied in July, since that's when the grubs are most susceptible. You may be able to purchase time release granules - if so you can apply them in the early summer. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Or, you can forego the grub control products and trap the moles instead. 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 youve 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. Healthy soil naturally has a large population of insects. As long as the insects inhabit the soil, moles and gophers will be attracted. Wish there were an easier way to eliminate moles and gophers from the landscape.

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