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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Mole Control Advice

From Better Homes and Gardens: Expert Advice: Pests & Problems

"mole traps Q. I would appreciate any information you have on getting rid of moles! I've got mole traps set out, and the little rascals seem to know they are there. My yard has tunnels all over. I've not noticed them in my flower beds, just in the yard. I live in southern Indiana, near Evansville.

A. There's no secret here. I've had mixed results with mole traps and usually discover that the animals move on after a while. I try to look at them as a benefit since they are around to feast on underground beetle larvae which will play havoc with your garden. When the food source goes, so will they. Of course, some folks will go to extremes such as spreading grub insecticide over their lawn to help reduce the grub population. This may or may not work in the short term, but probably helps over time."
As with everything, you never know who to beleive when it comes to mole traps.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Moles Management Guidelines--UC IPM

Some great mole control informaltion

"LEGAL STATUS The California Fish and Game Code classifies moles as nongame mammals. If moles threaten growing crops or other property, the owner or tenant may control the moles using any legal means."
That cleans up the legal status in California... well not quite.

They can control the moles using any legal means. They still rely on the reader to research legal means, thus the statement is fairly meaningless.

The only legal means could be feeding the moles bubble gum afterall. ;)

Trapping Trapping is the most universally applicable and dependable method of mole control. Several different kinds of mole traps are available at hardware stores, nurseries, or directly from the manufacturer. Keep in mind that the best mole traps differ from those for pocket gophers; very few traps are effective for both animals.

Understanding mole behavior helps improve the way you set your traps. To be effective, the trap must be set to catch the mole underground. When a mole’s sensitive snout encounters a foreign object in the burrow, the mole is likely to plug off that portion and dig around or under the object. Therefore, traps should be set to straddle or encircle the tunnel, or be suspended above it."

"Toxic Baits Because the mole’s main diet consists of earthworms and insects, poisoning with baits is rarely effective. However, a new gel-type warfarin anticoagulant bait that is squeezed directly into the tunnel has been marketed and shows some promise; only time will tell."
"People who have tried flooding moles out of an area or fumigating the tunnels with smoke/gas cartridges have had little success, but it may be worth trying if the effort is persistent. In theory, if moles are deprived of their food supply, they will move to other areas. Insecticide treatments to control soil insect pests may result in less food for moles. Such insect control programs must be done according to label instructions. However, this method is unlikely to effectively control moles."

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mole Trapping

How to set a mole trap

"Successful mole trapping depends on learning and practicing a few fundamental techniques.

Traps must be set to form an integral part of the main runway system. Traps set in or on lateral surface feeding runways are seldom effective. Set them at least 1 foot away from molehills to assure trapping main runways. Probe to locate the runway and probe again to determine the direction of the runway."

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Mole Traps working?

I am in the middle of a site design to help speed up the process of adding additional resources to this site. It should also improve the navigation and presentation.

If you have had any success stories (or failures) with your mole control activities, I would love to hear from you.

We have have had partial success, but because of the migratory problem we have from local fields, even when we feel that the moles have been driven out, they appear again the next time a local farmer ploughs his field.

As to lucky the dog... the jury is still out. Whilst we have managed to reduce her activities, any reappearance of a molehill and she is immediately on the warpath. She wants to kill moles.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Mole Traps | Poison | Mole Repellents

Mole trap article on

This Getting rid of moles article is vastly improved, and will certainly be added to my list of the top mole control sites. The information on Havahart traps was unique, I need to do some more research.

Mole Traps | Poison | Mole Repellents: "Getting Rid of Moles With Mole Traps, Pesticides and Repellents

Mole Repellents, Poisons, Killing Traps, Live-Traps

The best bets for mole removal are mole traps, poisons and mole repellents. There are traps designed specifically for killing moles, and they go by scary names like 'scissors mole trap,' 'choker mole trap' and 'harpoon mole trap.' You can also trap moles using a small live-trap, such as is put out by the Havahart Company. The problem with Havahart traps, though, is that you still have to get rid of the live mole after you’ve trapped it. In some states animal relocation is even prohibited."

As per most mole control sites, the most effective method recommended is a mole trap.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005


I came across this fairly balanced article and something struck me.

The author is suggesting that all breeds of mole can be treated equally, and thus you don't need to identify them.

Moles: "Northwest Moles

Three species of moles cause problems for lawns and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.(1) The broad-footed mole is found in southwestern Oregon and California; the coast mole in Washington, Oregon, and northern California; and the TownsendÂ's mole in western Washington, western Oregon, and northwestern California.(2) The same procedures are used for managing all three(1) so you donÂ't need to identify which mole is in your yard."

The author refers to Townsend moles, which from all my research is only found in the Pacific NW, either side of the Canadian border.

The Townsend Mole is a Species At Risk in Canada

So while the Canadians are protecting the species as rare, a responsible society in the US, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides is suggesting you can kill them without regard to which species it is.

I haven't checked on the legality of this yet, but my ethical British nose is twitching.

We are not talking about 2 countries that are separated by oceans, and a species that was introduced into a new country. The two countries and areas affected share a common border, and the moles seem to live on both sides of that border.

Townsend Moles being protected in one place, and killed on a whim in the other just does not make sense.

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Alabama - Mole Trap - state regulations

The Montgomery County Extension Office offers some mole control information, in the form of a short guide that I am sure I have read somewhere else.

Mole Control Guide

They also offer a 2 page PDF document (PUBID: ANR-0759) entitled " Mole Control"

The document lists traps, it does not offer information on other approved methods such as the exact types of poisons that are allowed.

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