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whatamIdoing 09-11-2011 10:52 PM

How can I get rid of moles
Tried all the folk remedies (flooding, gassing, smoke bombs, soak jelly beans, sound generators) and none worked. Called in a professional who trapped two moles and charged me $250. I was good for 6 months, and now there is a new kid (or two or three) in town. I can't keep shelling out money to a professional.
Does anyone have experience with mole traps? I can't even seem to find them in our local stores, much less find someone to help me set up one.

Thanks for your time.

Thunder Chicken 09-12-2011 06:47 AM

A simpler fix might be to address their food source. You tend to see moles in lawns with beetle grub problems. You might consider an application of milky spore; that might knock down the grub (and therefore the mole) population for next season. It's relatively inexpensive (much cheaper than an exterminator, depending on the size of your lawn of course) and lasts for years after inoculation. It helps your turf to boot.

Until then - don't know what to tell you. Moles are tough to root out if the eatin' is good.

fabrk8r 09-12-2011 07:31 AM

Trap them yourself, it always worked for us. You can buy spring loaded mole traps ate most farm/fleet stores.

One method of getting rid of them that i just recently heard about is to stuff dry ice into their burrows. It seems logical because all dry ice is is frozen CO and when it melts it would suffocate the critters.

josall 09-12-2011 08:18 AM

Trap them, here is a great site.

kwikfishron 09-12-2011 08:40 AM

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Burning sulfur and a big propane torch is what we used in the filbert orchards, once and sometimes twice a year.

There is no permanent solution that I’m aware of.

Done That 09-13-2011 07:11 AM

I'm with Josall...have personally nuked about 50 of 'em with Trapline traps, he sells on Ebay FWIW.

bob22 09-13-2011 08:35 AM

You have to check out:
It is insane!

Mr Chips 09-13-2011 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 727194)
You have to check out:
It is insane!

I was going to post the same link. It's about as practical as hunting squirels with an M-16, but it looks like a blast ( literally)

Jackofall1 09-13-2011 08:52 AM


Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 727194)
You have to check out:
It is insane!

That is so cool!

kmc 09-13-2011 12:01 PM

What did you gas them with? You need some aluminum phosphide aka: fumitoxin. I don't think you can buy it without a license though. And it can't be used near houses. But it works best.

Ed G 09-14-2011 07:26 AM

Another vote for the Trapline traps. Very easy to use and effective.

DrHicks 09-14-2011 11:11 AM


Originally Posted by josall (Post 726433)
Trap them, here is a great site.

I got a 4-pack of these traps, several weeks ago. So far, I've killed two moles, which I consider pretty decent.

It's amazing to me how much damage 1 mole will do. It'll look as though there are 15-20 moles waging war on your lawn, but it's often just 1, or maybe 2.

josall 09-14-2011 11:35 AM

DrHicks, You are so right about it being just 1 or 2 but looks like 20, Moles can dig surface tunnels at approximately 18 feet/hour. If you buy 4 traps and you are persistent about trap placment you will win.:thumbup:

kwikfishron 09-14-2011 12:03 PM

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I don’t know why anyone would want to mess around with traps unless you enjoy the sport.

A couple of scoops of burning sulfur in the hole and a weed burning torch and it’s a done deal. You’ll see the sulfur venting out of the ground up to a hundred feet away. They won’t survive.

josall 09-14-2011 12:24 PM

I like to see the results!

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