Getting the multitude of misinformation and home-spun recommendations on the market doesn’t help things either. Individuals have used smoke bombs, red pepper, toxic peanuts, razor blades, chewing gum, human hair, vibrating devices and a long list of harmful substances to get moles out of their lawns. There is very little proof to support these approaches. Following years of trialing this method or that method I’m of the conviction that there is just one mole control strategy is effective. Effective mole control consists of:
- Effective mole traps
- A good knowledge of a moles behavior and habits.
These are the important ingredients to proper mole elimination. Number 2 is the most essential. Without this knowledge the traps will not help you very much. One may be asking why grub prevention is not listed. While moles do consume the white grub it’s not their primary food source. Moles prefer earthworms. You are able to spend a good deal of money treating your lawn for grubs but it is my opinion that it will not be an effective plan of action.
There are a variety of mole traps on the market. The two most common designs are also the most effective. They work on exactly the same premise as far as using a trap pan put on the top side of the mole tunnel and striking if being pushed upward. That is where the similarity ends because the trapping mechanisms are different.
The plunger or harpoon style mole trap appears to be the most popular and accessible of the different types and is designed for being put on-top of the ground right within the mole runway so that its encouraging bets straddle the tunnel and its spikes plunge down and harpoon the mole as it pushes upward on the trigger pan.
The scissor traps have large scissor-like blades which are inserted across the mole tunnel after shoving down a small area for the trigger.
Proper positioning of mole traps is the key to victory or failure. This is where a good understanding of mole behavior and habits is critical.
They are solitary and territorial creatures. In reality there usually are just 2 – 3 moles per acre. A mole is removed by trapping but your yard may soon be maintained by a neighboring mole searching for new grounds causing you to believe that your mole control plan isn’t working.
Moles make two kinds of tunnels. Mole hills are constructed since the mole digs deep runs and pushes soil up through the top layer of the yard.
The interconnecting trails visible above ground and only deep tunnels would be the mole’s highways that lead between feeding places and dwelling chambers. These heavy tunnels are where the scissor trap actually shines. To find heavier tunnels use a stick and probe between or alongside fresh mounds. When the floor gives way, the stick has probably broken through the burrow.
Finding surface runways that are busy will take you a little more time. Look for good straight tunnels. Tunnels which are more likely to be busy seem to be those linking feeding areas or running adjacent to driveways, walks or backyard borders. You’ll have to find a small area of many tunnels and mark the spots. Over the next couple days you will need to check to see which tunnels are re-expanded. These are the active tunnels and this is where you want to put your traps.
Please consider the protection of children, pets as well as yourself.
Mole cubes are sharp, spring-loaded fast and very powerful. These traps follow the manufacturer’s directions and warnings. And most importantly keep them from the hands of a child and educate your children so they don’t get injured. Pest Control Melbourne FL can help with your pest needs.