Getting rid of moles in your lawn or garden can be a frustrating and fruitless chore even in the event that you know what you are doing. The multitude of misinformation and home-spun recommendations out there don’t help matters either. Individuals have used smoke bombs, red pepper, poison peanuts, razor blades, chewing gum, human hair, vibrating apparatus and long list of dangerous substances to get the moles out of their lawns. There’s hardly any evidence to support these methods. After years of trialing this method or that method I am of the conviction that there is only one mole control strategy is effective. Effective mole control consists of:
1. Effective mole traps
2. A good knowledge of a moles behaviour and customs.
3. Call Boca Raton Raccoon Removal for assistance.
These are the key ingredients to appropriate mole elimination. Number two is the most significant. Without this understanding the traps won’t help you very much. One might be asking why grub prevention is not listed. While moles do consume the white grub it’s not their main food source. You can spend a good deal of money treating your lawn for grubs but it is my opinion it won’t be an effective course of action.
There are an assortment of mole traps on the market. The two most common styles are also the most effective. They work on exactly the same assumption as far as using a trap pan placed on the upper side of the mole tunnel and striking when being pushed upward. That’s where the similarity ends as the killing mechanisms are different.
This plunger or harpoon style mole trap seems to be the most popular and available of the various varieties and is designed for being set on-top of the earth directly over the mole runway so that its supporting stakes straddle the tube and its spikes plunge down and harpoon the mole as it pushes up 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. When the mole excavates the collapsed area of the tube, the scissors slam shut and kill the mole. These traps work well on the deeper main mole tunnels that are usually 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface.
Good positioning of mole traps is the key to success or failure. This is where a great knowledge of mole behavior and habits is vital.
The mole is a solitary and territorial creature. In reality there are only 2 – 3 moles per acre. This territorial nature is a key factor in mole control. After a mole is removed by trapping your lawn may soon be maintained by a neighboring mole searching for new grounds causing you to believe your mole control plan is not working.
Moles make two kinds of tunnels. Mole hills are constructed as the mole digs deep runs and pushes soil up through the surface of the lawn.
The interconnecting trails visible above ground and just under the surface are feeding tunnels and might frequently be used only once. Too find deeper tunnels use a stick and probe between or alongside fresh mounds. When the ground gives way, the rod has probably broken through the burrow.
Locating surface runways that are active will take you a bit more time. Start looking for great straight tunnels. Tunnels which are more likely to be active seem to be those connecting feeding areas or people running adjacent to driveways, walks or garden borders. You’ll have to collapse a little area of several tunnels and mark the spots. Over the next couple days you’ll have to check to see which tunnels are re-expanded. These are the active tunnels and this is where you would like to place your traps.
Mole traps are sharp, spring-loaded fast and very powerful. These traps do not know the difference between a mole and a hand. Be very careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings. And most importantly keep them out of the hands of a child and educate your children so they know better than to play a set mole trap.