Anyone trapping moles?


zigs

Naughty Cactus Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Oct 10, 2012
Messages
8,300
Reaction score
9,352
Location
Womenswold, Kent
Hardiness Zone
9a
Country
United Kingdom
So far the blighters are burying all the traps :oops:

49524


Dug the hole out and it came along and shoved it's nose into the run, but didn't come out far enough to grab it.

Don't really want to kill it, would rather catch live and relocate.
 
Ad

Advertisements

zigs

Naughty Cactus Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Oct 10, 2012
Messages
8,300
Reaction score
9,352
Location
Womenswold, Kent
Hardiness Zone
9a
Country
United Kingdom
Caught one by hand a few years back, but have to keep fingers away from the business end :eek:
 
Joined
Dec 6, 2015
Messages
742
Reaction score
1,395
Location
Essex, England
Hardiness Zone
6a
Country
United Kingdom
A Friend, that had moles Bought a Sonic Mole Detent that works well All the Moles have moved next door (y)..........But if your really having a mole day then this may help........
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jan 5, 2017
Messages
947
Reaction score
904
Location
Atlantic Beach, Fl
Hardiness Zone
9a
Country
United States
Maybe we're talking about different species here, but I see moles as beneficial animals in the garden; not to be confused with voles.

Luckily I've never noticed any voles, if I do have them they're not destroying enough vegetation for me to take notice; however, I'm always seeing those mole tunnels and stepping on them and I like the feel of the soil collapsing under me...soil aeration:giggle:


BTW, some trivia...Moles are not rodents, they are insectivores. Voles, however, are rodents.
Memory aid Moles eat Meat; Voles eat Vegetation.




Excerpt:

A MOLE’S LIFE
  • Moles are often mistaken for rodents, but they are not related to mice, rats, and other rodents. Their diet includes insect larvae, spiders, earthworms, and lawn pests such as slugs and grubs. They do not intentionally eat plant material.
  • To meet their high energy requirements, moles eat just about 24/7. They often consume the equivalent of 60–90% of their body weight in a single day and may tunnel 100 feet in the process.
  • Moles are well adapted to the darkness of subterranean living. Nearly blind, they compensate with their keen senses of smell, hearing, and touch.
  • As they dig through the earth with their large, shovel-like forepaws, their tiny eyes are protected from dirt by thin membranes. Their nostrils face to the sides of their pointed snouts to avoid being clogged, and they lack external ears.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,488
Reaction score
2,067
Location
Beauly, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Hardiness Zone
8a
Country
United Kingdom
I've recently read that Olbas oil works. Clear the soil away, put a few drops of oil on a rag and push it into the hole. Apparently they can't stand the smell of it.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Oct 8, 2017
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
3,515
Location
Birmingham Alabama
Hardiness Zone
8a
Country
United States
We do not trap them. We irritate them with buzzy little devices stuck into the ground topped by a windmill that has a vibrating rotation. And cats. Lots of cats. This obviously was part of Beckys' plan for mole immigration, where the displaced moles find a cat willing to bring them into the house so they can be snug and warm.
 
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
815
Reaction score
1,086
Location
Womenswold, Kent
Country
United Kingdom
For the past 30 odd years I have had to trap the moles here. It would be impossible to run a camping site without control of these destructive (but handsome) little pests. At this time of the year they gang up to create babies, so ''nipping he problem in the bud'' so to speak is a vital exercise. I have tried every other '''solutions''' mentioned, and know for certain that none of them are as effective as traps.
 

Gail_68

Beauty blooms in the garden as well as the heart.
Joined
Nov 9, 2018
Messages
562
Reaction score
571
Location
West Midlands_UK
Hardiness Zone
4
Country
United Kingdom
I have had to trap the moles here. It would be impossible to run a camping site without control of these destructive (but handsome) little pests.
Tetters get zigs to rig up Celine Dion...those that like her can camp and those that don't aren't allowed and all campers are happy listening to music for free ;):p
 
Ad

Advertisements

Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Oct 28, 2019
Messages
2
Reaction score
2
Country
United States
No trapping, but the ultrasonic spikes were effective for me. Smoke bombs and castor oil pellets didn't work, they just popped up in other areas. When I installed the spikes, they dug right next to them at first, but then after a couple weeks the mounds stopped appearing. I left them on for a couple weeks to make sure. About a week after I turned them off, a new mound popped up, so I've left them on ever since. The sound they make isn't bad, especially if you get them far enough into the ground, but they beep about every 60 seconds. We eat outside in my backyard a lot, so I bought a brand called Zebedee off Amazon because it was the only one I could find with an on/off switch so you don't have to take them apart to stop the noise during a bbq. They're solar powered so there's really no maintenance, they just need sunlight. I put them in the corners of my yard and it seems to have created an effective barrier.

Here's a link to the ones I got:
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top