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Old 07-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Mole(s) in the yard

Seems I have one or more moles in my backyard. Leaves big pile of dirt on the lawn, usually the morning after I mow. Lawn is nothing to write home about and I'm more irritated with having to shovel off the dirt mounds before mowing than anything. The general location is right on the outskirts and inside the drain field for our septic system.

Over the years we have cultivated a large flock of various backyard birds with bird houses, feeders, baths etc. I'm hesitant to spray anything on the lawn as many of the birds eat the insects out of the grass.

What type of remedies are available for eradicating moles these days?

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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sounds like you have grubs and the moles are after them have you tried mothballs ?
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Pocket gophers leave big piles of fresh dirt in the grass, moles leave tunnels with raised roofs that lift your grass up in visible mounds, rarely do moles leave pile on top of the ground.

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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We were run over with moles when we bought our place 6 years ago and I tried everything I could find and nothing worked. One mole can seem like several because the little devils can dig up to 100 feet in 24 hours. They are very solitary except in mating season and have there own area of operation seperate from other moles. I found this method the best, water the area down a couple of hours before feeding time, here I found it to be 11:00 and 5:00. The worms will wiggle and make noise to attract the moles. Then I get my hoe and stake out the area, being very still and watching for the moles to start his mole running. When I spot him making the dirt move I chop into the runner just in back of the movement to stop his retreat into the runner and flip the devil out with a quick chop with the hoe. One dead Mole! One day I killed 6 that way.

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:57 PM   #5
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There is poison you can buy. Just a few Pebbles shoved down each mound gets them pretty good. It is powdery green and looks like Alfalfa Pellets. Forgot what the name of it is though.

These are good though...


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Old 07-12-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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Go adopt a Terrier dog (Jack Russel, Scottish,etc.) He'll get your mole, but your yard may look even worse But it'll be fun to watch!
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:04 PM   #7
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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Pocket gophers leave big piles of fresh dirt in the grass, moles leave tunnels with raised roofs that lift your grass up in visible mounds, rarely do moles leave pile on top of the ground.

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Moles leave mounds of dirt all the time. I have them next door in the pasture that I mow and once in a while they make their way into our yard but very rarily. The mounds of dirt come from where the mole cleans out the run. The reason they don't come into our yard is that we have the yard fertilized on a regular basis. The grubs are killed off. No grubs, no moles. And even with fertilizing we still have a bunch of birds & bugs around. Birds are always eating the bugs out of the yard.

The best way I found to get rid of them is to mash down the run then keep an eye on the run. If it is active, the mole will open it back up. You don't have to stand and watch but check a few hours or so after you mash it. Look at the lay of the ground and where the cleanout dirtpile is. Shove a garden hose in it and let the water flow. As soon as the water hits the mole he will come straight up and out. Pitchfork him or bash him in the head with a shovel. I have had pitchforks tines through them, laid them on the concrete and they'll drag the pitchfork. Their are that strong
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I would use a mole trap ...........
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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As a kid I remember my dad pulling his car into the yard near the hole. Stuck a pipe over the tailpipe of his car, stuck the other end into the dug out mole hole and left it running for a while. No more moles.....

Of course, we have much cleaner exhaust today, but the CO2 is still there.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:13 PM   #12
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here's my solution from last year... lol

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Old 07-12-2011, 02:13 PM   #13
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Dealing with them for the last couple years. Put down GrubX but that really didn't help anything. Tried water hose to flood tunnels but not really successful. Tried poison pellets in the tunnels - not effective. Trying those poison simulated worms now. Most effective, well, certainly the most satisfying was catching a mole running a tunnel, flushed him out with the water hose, then hacked him in half with the shovel. I felt so accomplished lol

I got one now who seems to be a little more careful about tunnels and works a little slower than Mr Shovelback.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:54 PM   #14
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Not an ad for this product but it sound cool and fun.

http://www.rodenator.com/

Blow the suckers up..
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:58 PM   #15
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Best thing for a Mole is a Mole Vibrator ..

Like a 14" spike that is driven into the ground .. It has Batterys and Vibrates every few Minutes .. They sharp leave ..

Saying that .. it works on a relativly small garden .. Some of you guys probably have land the size of Wales .
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:47 PM   #16
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I use a Victor Trap. Caught 5 this Spring.

Here is a good article about moles.

Pay close attention to the part about tunnels, straight vs meandering.

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Old 07-12-2011, 04:53 PM   #17
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There were at least a couple of threads about this in the last few years so you might get more suggestions by reading those.
I think the Grub killer can not be expected to get rid of the problem very well on it's own, because I believe moles eat earth worms also.
I wish that mine were predictable enough to wait and pitchfork em, but I'd have to have a lot more time than I have for that. Others have said traps are the only good way to get rid of them, but I have several types of traps and never caught a single one.

In my experience their destructive activity on the lawn tends to occur in spurts. I'd speculate that's why some people swear by a certain method or product while others say it doesn't work. I myself have been fooled into thinking I'm fixing the problem only to find a bunch of hills a few days later.

I know that every years I've been in my house, moles hills have been less and less so I think I'm making some progress. I use grub killer on the lawn about every 3 months. It's easy and maybe it helps.
Whenever a new mound pops up, I get a long HF screw driver (see, they are good for something) and probe around for the tunnels. I then poison the tunnels either with the little pellet style poison or the imitation worm type of poison.

I used to have 3 problem areas of my lawn. This year, one area had no activity. Second area only had one mound - poisoned then no more activity. The third area had the most activity, but it's been about 1/2 of what it has been in the past.

Keep at it. I think it's worth trying other things, but it's cheap and easy to poison the tunnels and mounds in conjuction with whatever else you choose.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:40 PM   #18
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There are poisonous worms called Tom Cats and come in a package of 5 or 10.Don't touch these with your bare fingers and use a screwdriver to take them out of the package shoving them in the hole.My mother's cat,Cleo killed one and can't figure this out although she has no front claws.
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I've used this method off and on. It works but the neighbors will hate you.

You get a water hose attached yard sprayer, mix up a 4oz bottle of castor oil and 4oz or dish detergent then top off with water. Water the yard liberally with this stuff. Non-toxic to pets and people and rain just soaks it in that much better.

I'm not sure how it works. I suspect it a) gives them the $h1t$ or b) makes the grubs taste bad. Either way, they will dig a tunnel as far away from the area as they can. I did it to my yard at the last house I was at and he dug straight to the road continued on to the neighbor's yard overnight!

At the current house I used to walk the dog and get her to pee all over the place and put the crap down the holes. They would not come back where the dog had peed or the crap was. She actually caught 2 or 3 in a year before she went deaf at 16.
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