First of all let us explain a common myth about moles. If you have moles then you must have grubs in your lawn. While that may be true to some extent as every lawn may have a few grubs, 80% of the moles diet are earthworms. So putting an insecticide down on your lawn will not control your mole problem, in fact the Michigan Department of Agriculture has sent out a letter to all lawn care companies telling them to stop selling insecticides based on a mole problem.
Now your next question becomes how do I control the moles? We first begin by identifying the type of mole you have in your lawn. There are basically two types of moles: the star nosed mole, and the eastern mole. The star nosed mole tunnels deeper in the lawn and many times you don’t notice their activity until they produce the mounds of dirt throughout the lawn. The Eastern mole tunnels are closer to the surface and their tunnels are the most noticeable. Moles are considered solitary animals, although females and young may share the same burrow. Moles cannot see very well so they have a keen sense of smell to find their food. The Good news is whichever mole you have, can be controlled.
There are many control methods that can be used to take care of your mole problem; trapping, baiting and Caster oil. With any method it is important you understand how to effectively apply that method to achieve the desired result.
Trapping moles is the most effective way to rid your lawn of moles. The trick to trapping the mole is to understand which tunnels to set the traps in. As you look over the mole damage in your lawn you will notice many tunnels used for feeding. Moles can tunnel up to 80 feet in a single day! The biggest challenge is to find the tunnel to set the trap in and actually catch the mole! Many of the tunnels in your lawn were used once to feed and will never be used again. So how do we find the tunnels used everyday? Moles typically build their burrows under driveways, sidewalks, patios, and landscape beds. Look for tunnels that appear to leave these areas. The way to find an active tunnel is to make a hole in all the tunnels suspected exposing the tunnel to the elements. Wait at least 24 hours and look at the tunnels you exposed to see if any of the holes have been filled in. The tunnels that have been filled in are the active tunnels! You have now found the secret tunnels! Set your traps in these tunnels. We use a trap called: Easy Mole Trap
Remember one important thing, moles have a keen sense of smell so you must not have any human scent on the traps.
Baiting the tunnels will give you the same results as trapping. You follow the same procedures for finding the tunnels, but instead of using a trap you make holes in the tunnels to drop the bait in then cover the hole with the bait with a rock or something so they don’t fill the hole back in. Wait at least 48 hours and check the bait. Again there should be no trace of human scent on the bait or the holes made in the tunnels.
Caster oil can be an effective way to control moles and does not cause harm. This method must be done on a regular basis to keep the moles from returning. The idea behind the caster oil is you spray a mixture on your lawn and water the mixture in and it coats the ground with caster oil. Moles don’t like the smell of caster oil, so it deters them to go elsewhere. Unfortunately over a short period of time the weather breaks down the smell and it has to be applied again, usually in two week intervals twice during the Spring and Fall.
We hope these tips are helpful in your pursuit of the mole!
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