Moles: Eliminating MOLES!

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Name: Patricia Wayne
Owensboro, Ky
pwayne5797
Mar 14, 2018 9:13 AM CST
I have been plagued by moles (I think) for the past 3 years, or more. I have put granules and spray on my yard and nothing stops them. I have a pool up and I worry about damage. Not only that but physical injury to myself, I'm 65, or anyone else. I cannot walk a step without stepping on a mound or into a hole. I have been looking for a solution for weeks now. I have found some lethal worms to put in the mounds. I was wondering if anyone out there has user these or knows anything about them. My yard is tore up all year and there's some snow on the ground now. I have got to get rid of them before I lose my mind!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 14, 2018 9:22 AM CST
I think the only reliable way to get rid of moles is to trap them. You can do so yourself, or pay to have it done. This will only eliminate the immediate population of moles, and more will eventually move in. I counted over 30 mole hills in my yard the other day. We trap them, and occasionally our dog or one of the barn cats catches one. Our first run with the lawnmower is without the blades going to just knock the hills down so we can mow without ruining the blades. On the plus side, the dirt they push up is useful for potting up plants, nice a soft with few rocks. I've reconciled myself to coexisting with the moles.
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Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Mar 14, 2018 9:22 AM CST
pwayne5797 said:I have been plagued by moles (I think) for the past 3 years, or more. I cannot walk a step without stepping on a mound or into a hole. ...My yard is tore up all year...

Hi Patricia,

Mounds and holes sounds like gophers to me. Know your enemy.

ZM
I tip my hat to you.

Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 14, 2018 10:19 AM CST
Here's a good visual that may help you:
http://www.thegopherguy.com/pa...

I know we have moles because that is what we catch. I've never seen a gopher and don't believe they live in my area. We do have field mice (voles) but they pretty much live in our surrounding fields and keep the barn cats well fed.
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Lucichar
Mar 14, 2018 2:45 PM CST
Field mice are not voles. Voles dig tunnels in your flower bed and eat the roots of your flowers and bulbs and have web feet and a short tail. Moles eat grubs in your lawn and leave mounds of dirt. Mice are looking for a warm place to nest and usually eat seeds. They have a long tail and no web feet. I get rid of mice and voles with a mouse traps baited with peanut butter. For voles, I put a bucket over the vole hole with the mouse trap by his hole in the ground. To get rid of moles you need to get rid of grubs in your lawn. Don't use any Japanese beetle traps in your yard.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 14, 2018 4:18 PM CST
We call voles field mice in my neck of the woods (and they are different than our house mice). Probably a regional thing. Shrug. Call them what you like. Common names are rather fluid.
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Lucichar
Mar 14, 2018 4:42 PM CST
You are probably correct about the regional thing. They both are vegetarians. Good luck with your moles. They are very destructive and make a mess of the yard.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 14, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Yeah, we've been battling moles for over 35 years. They are definitely winning... We live in a rural area, though, so I don't think all the trapping in the world would put much of a dent in them. They do seem to like freshly disturbed ground, maybe I should just randomly plow up sections of our surrounding fields to see if that would entice them to stay out of the yard. Other than that, we've tried every known folk remedy from juicyfruit gum to super-sonic devices to car exhaust in the tunnels. To no avail.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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