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I have a customer who has a ton of mole holes in his yard. Does anyone know how to get rid of them or do I have to call a licensed professional? If any ideas please post here. Thank you much!!!!

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Your best bet would be to call a licensed professional. Pay them to do the job right. All of the homeowner items you can buy at Home Depot and Lowes aren't as good and the moles will come right back.
 

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I've got a couple of customers that have mole problems. I'm using a spray that has castor oil. Suppose to drive them out for about 60-70 days. While their gone, I'll treat the yard and beds for grubs.

I'll take any other suggestions as well.
 

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There is no easy answer and most people apply the grub control at the wrong time of year, spring. But moles prefered food source is earthworms and while they do eat grubs they are not the primary source of food, so as long as you have earthworms you will tend to have moles.
Studies at Michigan State University have found the best way to control moles is to spray 1 pint of castor oil, mixed in 1 quart of water, over 2500 square feet and then water it in well. Less does no good and more is simply a waste of money.

Posion pellets work good and so do traps.

Personally my favorite is to rise at 5am with my shovel in hand, watch for movement, dig'um up and chop them into and leave'um for the Hawks. Of course the customer would rather you bury them.
 

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I don't know where you heard moles ear earthworms,they don't..Feed exclusevily on grubs.Eliminate grubs and the moles will leave.Spring IS the time for grub control and then again around August 1,when they are in the larvae state(they will be closer to the top,so an insecticide will reach them easier.Best to water in (one inch)or an hour per location,after application..Buy a good grub control(scotts,etc) 18-20 bucks per 5000 sq. ft..
 

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I dont think you need to get a licensed professional to get rid of moles for you. You can do it yourself.
The only and most efficient control is trapping. Moles are very sensitive to unnatural changes in their enviroment so be carefull not to arouse suspicion when placing traps.
You can also place a water hose in one end of the tunnel, flood it slowly with water and wait with a spade at the other end of the tunnel.
Other than that there are a variety of toxic baits (peanuts, grain, etc) and fumigants available. Some work well and some dont. Fumigants will only work if the mole is in the tunnel at the time of application.
Moles feed on grubs and the experts say that you should treat the moles at the same time while treating the grubs.
I hope you get them suckers! They can rip a beautifull to pieces in no time.
Good Luck
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new to the site and 1st post but i've mole hunted now for about 5 years and the best way is trap but you have to check the runs everyday and move trap accordingly. by doing this each day at different times you may find one moving as stated above. have found that most of the time if you can find when moving will move close to the same time each day. I have about 5-10 customers a year that call for me to go mole hunting and the money is good.

2nd- moles do eat earth worms and just because you have moles doesnt meen their eating either they can have runs between yards.

3rd early june is best time for grub control we usually put down an ap. of merit at this time and we also put down an ap. around 1st week of sept. of dylox.

good luck with watever you choose but my luck has been trap and at least you know you gotem.
 

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I also read that a rat snake will take care of them. Slide one down the hole and leave him. (Not recommended in residential areas.)
 

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Ok go ahead and laugh but do try it.

Get some nice latex gloves. You know the type the doctors use.

By Juicy Fruit gum.

Put gloves on first.

Open package of gum.

Roll the gum up.

Then place in hole.

Moles will eat gum become compacted and die.

Do not touch gum with bare hands.
 

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Originally posted by nelbuts
Ok go ahead and laugh but do try it.

Get some nice latex gloves. You know the type the doctors use.

By Juicy Fruit gum.

Put gloves on first.

Open package of gum.

Roll the gum up.

Then place in hole.

Moles will eat gum become compacted and die.

Do not touch gum with bare hands.
I have heard of that for woodchucks but not moles.
 

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You will get all kinds of old wives tales when you pop this question. If moles only eat grubs, how do they survive when there are no grubs in the soil?? Juicy fruit trick is older than dirt, but the latex gloves is a new wrinkle. Dozens of other useless tricks, if you have time to waste.

If you want a true answer, go to This Post, and follow the links there. Science beats out old wives tales all the time, LOL.
 

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Every time one of my clients has a Mole or Vole (feild mouse) problem we use the pelets. You shake a few from the can into a few of there tunnels and they are gone! Most die in the tunnels but if found on the lawn they do need to be removed right away. If the owners cat eats one you will lose a cat and your account! And yes PC you do need a license (at least in Wisconsin) to apply a pesticide for hire. You can get the pellets at most garden centers. The last can we bought from Home Depot. We charged for the cost of the total can plus our minimum $26 charge and an adtional $26 to stop by and remove the dead a few days latter. Never have a complaint.
 

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I've had the best luck with the poison pellets and traps.

Also, the mole eats insects and the vole is a vegitarian that works above and below the soil line. You can sometimes catch voles using glue boards, place around a hole thats about the size of a quarter.

Another old wives tale is pouring LaVender Tea down the holes.
 

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you can use what you want but the only way to know you got them is by trap. i have several clients that pay $45 per mole and would no way do this if i was applying a pesicide. they see the mole and hand over the cash. these clients also use the grub control but still do the trapping. good luck
 

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Originally posted by jajwrigh
How about this method: You need a case of beer and a shotgun and just look for movement when the sun comes up. Never had any complaints, not even in heavily populated areas!
Don't forget the seasoning and the grill, cajun spiced mole aint nothing better.:D
 
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