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Moles & Chipmunks....Destroying clients yard

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by AllProLC, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    I have a client whose yard is being tunneled by moles & chipmunks all over his 1/2 acre lot that backs up to a heavily wooded area. Just noticed in last week that yard was getting spongy, today we mowed & it is a mess. Have read on here before about a product/chemical that will kill the moles. Need a little help this is a 1/2 million dollar home.
     
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Identify the pest first.
    http://www.mypmp.net/pestcontrol/Fe...dard/Article/detail/465288?searchString=voles

    Make sure you are dealing with moles and if so, use Talpirid. It has been the most effective Mole control if used properly.
    http://www.talpirid.com/

    I suspect what you are dealing with maybe voles. Moles typically eat earthworms and grubs, while voles eat plant material, especially roots. The will create lot's of runways, but they tend to have surface holes about the size of a golf ball. Voles will also eat around the base of a trunk on shrubs or small trees, thereby girdling the plant and causing mortal damage. Vole control is much different from moles, as the prefer plant type baits. I have seen success with snap traps baited with peanut butter under a pot or pail near holes and mouse bait stations loaded with rodenticides. Around here we can get the bait and bait station at the local Lesco distributors.

    Often voles, moles, chipmunks and field mice will use the same tunnels as prebuilt garden highways, so make sure you target the correct pest that is doing the damage in your client's yard.

    Kirk
     
  3. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
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    Thanks,Kirk
     
  4. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    TALPIRID is a professional product available through an authorized distributor of Bell Laboratories, Inc.

    OK, so where would a everyday person get this?
     
  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Been there done that, Tomcat is not the same if it is, my "pet" moles ate them for dinner :confused:

    Any other places I can get it?
     
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Do you have a John Deere Landscape or a Lesco in your area?

    Have you identified the type of pest you are dealing with? Perhaps a Victor harpoon trap maybe better for your situation.

    Kirk
     
  8. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Yea I've identified them kirk, actually got lucky and killed a few having snuck up on the area with a shovel and a hoe when they were tunneling.

    They were moles.

    I have a southern states in my area, which is similar to JD or Lesco?
     

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