Groundkprs - Excellent article! Covers the subject thoroughly and conscisely. I printed it out and will give copies to customers. I doubt that I want to get involved beyond that. Going around checking traps for dead moles - yikes!
Sunrise - chewing gum is mentioned in the article as one of many home remedies that they didn't think were too useful. Someone once told me to feed them radishes. Cats and dogs are mentioned as sometimes being useful (though only some cats or dogs are interested in moles).
turfquip - interesting graphic. I assume you are referring to the info on grub control. The Purdue article mentions that grub control is not too good since grubs make up only a portion of the moles' diet and the chemical control may be expensive and temporary - the moles may come back later.
The article indicates that traps are the best method for controlling moles and discusses several types of traps.
Thanks again for the excellent link - I suggest anyone dealing with mole problems print this out. Good for your own info or just to give to customers, who should be impressed with your helpfulness.
Grub control often solves the problem, but may not in some cases because moles will also feed on earthworms and insects.
Everbody and every reference I've seen seems to agree that trapping is the best way.
My customer would not allow trapping. I have used with success a castor oil based repellent spray. Applied once a month until problem under control (two years) and now every two months.
Expensive? Sure. Customer willing to pay. He is very proud of his beautiful lawn.
The moles continue to be active in unsprayed areas around the lawn (mulch beds and forest). So what.
Some other links:
On the expensive side, a pint of this will cover about 5,000 sq.ft. You have to follow directions. May have their own MSDS that you can download. This site has info only, no sales.
Forget all that stuff. My dog "Barkley" will kill anything that moves in your backyard. By the way I rent her out for $150 a day. (I can't live without her). But if you have $150/day I guess I can. By the way I guarantee she will kill at least 2 mammals per day. If you have to know she is part Black lab part Greyhound and part mutt.
The big plus about trapping, especially when someone is paying you for controlling moles, is that you can show your success. The customer cannot say you haven't accomplished something when you show him the mole carcass.
The use of Mole Med would be required if the property is near a wild area, because trapping would only remove the mole present, and another would likely take its place.
Like other animals, moles are territorial, with an average population of 1-2 moles per acre. So trapping a mole in the city is usually the end of the problem for that year. It does take some practice to set traps properly, but once you get it, you can usually get the critter on the first try.
Traps and only traps are the sure method...caught 700 this year and just as many each of the last 20 years. I work in not too large a town and only in one part of it (5 sq mi). All the yards have grub control and still have moles, hence proving grub control is not a cure. After killing this many moles for this long one would think that I could affect the population..does not seem to stop.
Runner, the funny thing is she doesn't dig! She just waits for something to pop its half blind head out of the ground and thats it. She is so quick that those little critters don't have a chance. Like I said, I rent her out for $150/day. She is a guaranteed solution. However if she runs away you will never catch her, and I charge a $500,000.00 replacement fee. Mainly because I can't live without her and because she is possibly the best ever mole trapper.
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