Trapping Moles

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Rayholio, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just spent the weekend at a home show, which has worked wonders for my business. But it seemed that over 2-3rds of my questions were reguarding moles! I need to get into trapping.

    I've been to the mole mans web site, and it's GREAT. but he doesn't really seem to cover it from an applicators point of view.

    What can you guys tell me about trapping moles? Do you have a favorite trap? Is there a special license required? any information could be helpful.

    Thanks,
    RayHoli0
     
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    the harpoon traps work the best. but I would check into Talprid, its a new mole bait that works good. and they offer free advertising support materials. you may need to check with your state its kind of a grey area but in Indiana we need a 7a certification to do mole control.
     
  3. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have looked, and can't seem to find a main talprid web site... It looks interesting though.
     
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I, like the mole man, do not believe in baits. New mole baits come out every few years and at first everyone thinks it is great. Then time goes on and people begin to quietly realize the baits do not work and the "results" they are seeing are just the result of moles moving deeper or leaving the area to seek out more food. You can find scientific evidence backing any mole bait, however, these scientists are bought and paid for. I have read no University study on moles that suggest anything other than trapping. When the do mention baits they are speculative at best.

    Besides, Talpirid is expensive and you cant show customers the dead moles. I can buy 4 traps, set them, and have 2-4 dead moles to show a customer in just 1 or 2 days. Trapping is so easy and cheap why would you waste time with baits that probably aren't working? Mole trapping is high profit business and it is enjoyable.

    If I were you, I would go to: http://www.nwtrappers.com/catalog/traps/gophermole.asp and buy 7-10 Victor Out-O-sight traps and 2-5 Victor Spear Traps or the Easy Set Mole Eliminator Traps (very good but kind of pricey) and get the book they show for $6.95 and study mole behavior. When you get the traps go to a favorite customers house who has lots of moles and practice for free. I can almost guarantee you will be killing moles by the weekend (at long as the ground isn't frozen).

    Moles will be very active within the next few weeks as they begin looking for mates. Use this time to help your customers and make some high profit cash.
     
  6. Kilroy

    Kilroy LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    I have 8 Victor Spear Traps: 6 that I purchased back in 1995 and 2 really old ones that someone gave me. They are heavy duty, well made, and work very well. I kill lots of moles. A few years ago, I bought several more Victor Spear Traps without opening the boxes. Got them home: they were junk. Flimsy metal, the tines were extruded, springs didn't have the strength of an ink pen spring. Was able to return all of them but 2 that I'd tried in the ground. Made 1 frankenstein trap out of these 2; it has never killed a mole. No experience with the other style traps. HTH.
     
  7. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree the new ones are not even close to quality of the old ones. That is why I like the Easy Set Mole Eliminators for the surface tunnels but they are pretty expensive. Victor's Out O' Sight traps are still good though for the deep runs.
     
  8. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    so should I even waste my money on the new ones? I don't mind paying extra for quality. This is my livelyhood
     
  9. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    do you charge per dead mole? or do you have a set fee to monitor the property for a specific length of time.
     
  10. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do it by the mole. I think this is good for existing clients. I charge the most for the first mole and then have a scale that decreases as the kills go up. I tell them that if we dont kill anything then they dont pay anything. This way people dont freak out about per mole pricing and think they will owe me thousands if I kill 50 moles. However, there are lots of other guys who despise per mole pricing and insist on contracts. We simply do it as an add-on service and not a stand alone business.
     

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