Moles in the yard

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  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I also heard jucy fruit gum. Its sweet so they go for it and the gum will kill them because it clogs their system. Another tail?
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  2. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Where do get that it is the sign of a healthy lawn? You are implying something that I did not say. The facts are 99% of a moles diet are earthworms, not grubs. Are you dating that because your lawn has earthworms the lawn is healthy. I have seen earthworms in every kind of lawn, from crappy to great looking.
     
  3. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It means earthworms enrich the soil so you have better soil in which to grow healthy turf. Although proper cultural practices come into play also. One needs the other for healthy turf. Yes juicy fruit gum is better used for chewing than trying to give a mole something it cannot digest. They prefer hubba bubba. JK!
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  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    How about those laxative gums? Give 'em the runs!!
     
  5. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They've got to be set in a "main" tunnel, which are usually straight and link others. The "feeder" tunnels are usually scraggly and random directed with dead-ends.

    Yep, they mostly eat earthworms.
     
  6. ohbuckhunter

    ohbuckhunter LawnSite Member
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    Didnt get him last night. Moved the traps a little bit ago. Hopefully I got one in the main tunnel.
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  7. Utah Lawn Care

    Utah Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's what I meant about the soil. Worms ariate, fertilize and so on. Not that the lawn is in good shape.
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  9. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    When a customer calls me about moles I let them know that I'll sub the work out and just add it to the bill. I do give them a heads-up that the rate around here is now $70/mole.

    That's one thing that irritates me. 5 years ago it was $25, then $50, now $70. For putting in mole traps!

    On my own lawn, when I see a fresh run I put the end of the water hose in the top of the run and turn it on. And stand WITHOUT MOVING, with a shovel, further down the run. It takes several minutes, but he will surface, and then WHAM!

    Here's the deal...take care of moles ASAP because they destroy lawns very quickly.
     
  10. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good old school style!
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