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Mole Info: Moles live underground and surface only occasionally. Their cylindrical
bodies and powerful front claws are ideal for digging. They almost "swim" through dirt. Moles create
a complex labyrinth of interconnected chambers by burrowing both deep and close to the surface, where
they often leave visible ridges. Mole hills are places where the mole has pushed up earth above the
surface. They have very poor sight and feed mainly on worms and insect larvae that they find by the
sense of touch and smell. They do not eat roots or tulip bulbs. That is the work of voles. Moles are
territorial, and most of the time all of the tunnels in any given yard are the result of just one mole.
Some of their tunnels are straight "travel" tunnels used over and over again, and some are winding, branching tunnels
created in the search for food, and may be used only once. If you want to test, just stamp down the
tunnels and see if they are re-opened. There's no such thing as a humane live trap for moles. All of the traps are lethal - harpoon traps, scissor traps, and
clamp-type traps set underground. There's also no effective mole poison. Some are sold, and most are crap. The only one that might work is Talpirid, and I'm
skeptical about that one as well.
Nuisance concerns: The primary problem with moles is the tunnels. They can leave ridged tunnels
all over a lawn. They are not necessarily harmful, but can ruin your nice landscaping. Many people
end up with mole hills, which are piles of dirt pushed up from the moles' deep chambers. In my experience
most of the yards in central Florida have mole activity. Moles usually don't create holes on the
surface, so if you see such a thing, it's likely caused by armadillo digging.
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Some nuisance wildlife trappers just love to do mole work. They say that they make most of their money and get most of their satisfaction out of mole trapping. I've trapped
moles, but it took a while to really got the knack for it. I've heard of people spraying their lawn
with castor oil, but that's a ridiculous attempt at a solution. A better bet is to buy a Victor mole trap at Home Depot, but it's very hard. Your best option is to hire one of our professional mole trappers in your town.
How To Solve a Mole Problem
Moles are very reclusive animals in terms of their interactions with humans, and they will very rarely be seen outside of their tunnels. However, there are many different signs that you can look for that will suggest that there are moles in your garden, and these will often be difficult to miss. The commonest signs will be the little mounds of dirt that will be particularly noticeable in the middle of a perfectly manicured lawn. They will also tunnel close to the surface, and this will often leave a once flat lawn covered in troughs where the tunnel is close to the surface.
The Difficulty In Trapping Moles
Trying to deal with moles by yourself can often be one of the most difficult and frustrating pest problems, as their tunnels will come close to the surface, but the majority of the time they will be digging at a much deeper level. The fact that they make it so rarely to the surface means that catching them is also difficult, as they do tend to be more active during the night. Another problem that makes dealing with a mole difficult is that they will only eat live earthworms and insects, so baiting a trap is almost impossible.
However, there are ways that professional wildlife removal expert can use to get rid of a mole, and these will always use a form of lethal trap. Careful examination of the lawn area over a number of days should indicate whether or not a tunnel is being used regularly, and this is where the traps should be set. This can often be a process of trial and error, as moles are constantly digging new tunnels, and will often change the tunnels that they use.
Dispelling The Myths About Mole Removal
There are many rumors and supposed ?secrets? about mole removal that can very easily be dispelled. There are some devices which purport to send out high frequency sound that will be unpleasant for the mole, but the reality is that these simply don?t work. There are many of these which are now being produced to be powered by solar energy, and even though they no longer use batteries they are still ineffective. There are also treatments that can be applied to your lawn that claim to be able to repel a mole. The important thing to remember here is that a mole will very rarely make it to the surface of your lawn, so how is this substance going to repel the mole?
Specialized Mole Catchers
Although there are many companies that claim their product will be able to make the mole leave your property voluntarily, the reality is that most people will need to call a professional mole catcher. Not even a long experience of catching moles will make them able to catch the mole at the first attempt every time, but they will be much more familiar with how the mole will operate. The knowledge that they have will also help them to identify the areas of your garden or field where the mole has been most active.
A Difficult Solution
Solving a mole problem is quite difficult even for experience mole catchers, and there really is no alternative to using lethal traps to catch them. Moles can actually do a lot of good to the ground itself as they will churn the dirt and mix in their fecal matter to make it more fertile. However, the problem comes with the molehills and the collapsed tunnels that can turn a flat lawn into a rolling landscape of peaks and troughs, and this is why so many people want to get rid of the moles in their garden or on their farm.
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