Mole control in the landscape is a matter of patience and persistence. Since moles have an excellent sense of smell and are picky eaters, mole control products like poisoned baits have little effect. Other methods are so extreme (like fumigation) that most homeowners are repelled. But take heart, there are ways to control moles in your yard.
The Most Effective Mole Control Method
So, what options are left for controlling moles? Trapping has proven to be the most effective method of controlling moles in the landscape. To understand how trapping works, you need to understand a bit about how moles live.
Moles live in burrows under the ground. They sleep, store food and raise young in deep burrows, but they gather food in shallow tunnels (called runways) near the surface. The runways are what you see in your yard-long trails of raised earth winding through your grass.
Traps work by straddling the runway and capturing moles as they travel back and forth. The most common types of traps are called harpoon or scissor traps. To use one of these traps:
A More Humane Approach
Harpoon and scissor traps will kill the mole as it traps it. If the idea of removing dead moles from your yard makes you squeamish, you should consider a live trapping method. To capture moles alive, follow these steps:
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