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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wanabe, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    How do you guys stop moles? I have tried traps, poision peanuts, flooding with watter, and still have no luck. How do you do it? I have had some past luck with flooding them out, but it uses so much watter and my time. Thanks
  2. lawnmedic1

    lawnmedic1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Traps, we are getting 50 per mole caught in this area. I know guy that has caught 32 on one 5 acre property this season....
  3. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    we use 12 guage around here... and get abt 12 or so a year
  4. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Collapse some of the tunnels and see which ones are reopened. Then , use your tunnel spike traps there..Or you could get the best mole killing machine on the planet...

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  5. GreenDream

    GreenDream LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Two ways

    1 moles feed on the larva of Japanese beetles put down a grubb application and the moles will move to the neighbor's lawn

    2 step on the tunnels to find the main tunnel. The main tunnel will pop up later that day or the next day. Get juicy fruit bubble gum and a butter knife. Break the gum into four pieces Put one of the pieces of juciy fruit in your mouth just enough to wet it to let the flavor and smell out. Take the butter knife and open the main tunnel up and put the juicy fruit in the hole (try and make it a small hole so they don't suspect anything) The moles can not digest the bubble gum and will die
    sounds crazy but works!!
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Boy, I haven't heard THESE wives tales in a while! Firts, yes, moles do feed on grubs (beetle larvae), but getting rid of the grubs will NOT get rid of the moles. This is a fallacy. They also feed on worms, mice, insects, and anything else in the ground.
    Second, the ol' "juicy fruit" thing is another fallacy. It doesn't work. there has never been ANY evidence of a mole dying from bubble gum. The same goes for cat or dog hair. There are a ferw more that are like this as well, but that's a whole 'nother page.
    Traps, by far are proven through and through to work, but the trick is, to know how to USE them. The finest fishing gear in the WORLD won't be worth a bit of good if it's in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to use it. Some companies around here used to (and some still do) use a RUP called Aluminum Oxide. These are a restricted use pesticide, and comes under strict use regulations and laws. It is available as a tablet form and is inserted into the main runs. When it comes into contact with moisture in the ground (like rain), it becomes a fumigant that disperses a deadly gas called PHOSPHINE. This creates festering and bleeding of the respiratory system and a terrible death. The downsides of this, is that it is not guaranteed, and is cost prohibitive. The sandier soils vent to easily, so the success rate isn't as great as more solid soils. This stuff DOES work, though.
    Many services now (ourselves included) are using a gel bait that is injected into the soil. The moles eat this, and injest a chemical called WARFARIN. This is an anti-coagullant (also given to humans as a blood thinner). In larger doses, this causes hemorraging of the blood corpuscles, and the animal essentially bleeds to death. THIS stuff works well. Again, however, the cultural and mechanical method of trapping is tried and true, and the biggest benefit from it is that you have your proof of success.
  7. GrassRoots Grounds

    GrassRoots Grounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I use Castrol and Mineral oil in a hose end sprayer and spray a quarter of the yard and then water it in then about a week later do another quarter. After awhile the moles leave they dont like the oil on their skin. I have done it on about 20 lawns so far and it does work!!!
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Now THAT works as well, is perfectly safe to humans, pets, etc., and is economically feasible. It doesn't last long, and should be done every few weeks, but it does work.
  9. GrassRoots Grounds

    GrassRoots Grounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    If you do it right by running the moles out of your lawn it will last the season. I have even noticed in about half of the lawns after about two years they dont come back to the lawn. It is like they know what you are doing. Your neighbors wont like you though!!!!
  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Moles eat mice????;) :eek:

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