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Been after this guy since last fall. He's had a ball tearing up my yard for months.

Not the best time for it either, as we're going to be selling our house in the spring.


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Reminds me of the three moles tunneling under the garden...


First mole says, "I smell carrots. We must be in a carrot patch."

Second mole says, "I smell corn. We must be in the corn patch."

Third mole says, "All I can smell is molasses."
 

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I'm pretty optimistic this was an available bachelor. We're several hundred yards from the woods, where they come in from. And he's only the second one we've had in our yard in 14 years. He was staying within a 25 yard radius of the tree which holds our bird feeders--no doubt attracted by the worms in the ground insulated by the sunflower shells.

There are many, many moles in our area, but very few get into my yard. Our previous house always had several in the yard all the time. I know what to look for.

Now, chipmunks... We've got those attracted by the feeder. Live trapped 8 of those in October of last year. Live trap is much more efficient than any kill trap I've found. I take them to the other side of the river. None has made it back yet.
 

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Hey!

Moles are not that easy to catch. You can't bait 'em. You can't hear 'em, or even see 'em. You can't call them in, or decoy them. They don't leave sign. Just tunnels. And when it's cold, they don't move. There's new tunnels every day. And you gotta guess which tunnel he'll use.

Got this one with a Victor tine trap.

That one plus a few more pelts, and I'll make my wife a coat. Mole fur is slick as owl snot. I dressed the carcass out for jerky.
 

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That mole is huge. I'm glad my dogs never brought me one that big.

I had a beagle/something, that was great at catching moles, the downside was she'd dig a 20ft trench in the yard to do it if she needed to. She'd bring them up to the front of the house and and leave them right in front of the step like a cat might do. Then she taught our lab.

The lab wasn't nearly as good as catching them, and she left even bigger holes/trenches.

Together they kept the moles largely confined to the far end of the yard. They're both gone now though and I get moles right up by the house.
 

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That mole is huge. I'm glad my dogs never brought me one that big.

I had a beagle/something, that was great at catching moles, the downside was she'd dig a 20ft trench in the yard to do it if she needed to. She'd bring them up to the front of the house and and leave them right in front of the step like a cat might do. Then she taught our lab.

The lab wasn't nearly as good as catching them, and she left even bigger holes/trenches.

Together they kept the moles largely confined to the far end of the yard. They're both gone now though and I get moles right up by the house.
I used to have a little Beagle/something dog too that did the same thing! She lived 19 years and finally died after being bit by a copperhead defending some of our little nieces in the garden. That was almost 60 years ago and I still think about her and miss her.
 

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My beagle will sit for hours at the opening of a hole like an Eskimo at a seal hole. When he gets one he carries it around & teases the other dogs with it for a while then eats it.
That mole is huge. I'm glad my dogs never brought me one that big.

I had a beagle/something, that was great at catching moles, the downside was she'd dig a 20ft trench in the yard to do it if she needed to. She'd bring them up to the front of the house and and leave them right in front of the step like a cat might do. Then she taught our lab.

The lab wasn't nearly as good as catching them, and she left even bigger holes/trenches.

Together they kept the moles largely confined to the far end of the yard. They're both gone now though and I get moles right up by the house.
 

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Not moles, but Gophers are our problem. However, since my wife brought home a rescue cat from the shelter, we are free from them within 100 yards of the house.
Problem is, she will often bring them into the house to present us with a present!
 

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Yeah, ours are gophers too.
Not moles, but Gophers are our problem. However, since my wife brought home a rescue cat from the shelter, we are free from them within 199 yards of the house.
Problem is, she will often bring them into the house to present us with a present!
 

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I moved in October of '18. The yard was completely overrun with moles. I couldn't step ANYWHERE around my house that didn't feel like a sponge because of the mole tunnels. I paid an exterminator $680 to get rid of the moles. For that price, he came to the house 4 times, placing poison baits each time. (I wanted a pro to do this. I'm no mole expert and there were SO many mole tunnels - and I mean EVERYWHERE - that I couldn't tell which "runs" were active and which weren't.) That was in April of last year. It worked - the moles were exterminated. The exterminator advised me to keep a lookout for any additional mole activity and, if seen, to address it quickly. That did happen (about 6 months later - around October). Because it was a "single" at that point, I was able to buy the poison myself and get the rascal.
 

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Didn't want to go the poison route, as we have two dogs in the yard. Neither is any good at catching moles, though. But the little one almost attacked me trying to get that mole, as I was digging it out. He was on it like white on rice. Had he gotten it, I'd never have been able to get it away from him. He'd have eaten it, then thrown up in the house. Didn't need that.

I've been pretty successful with the mole traps. There are many videos on line to show how to do it. Not hard but you need to be persistent.

Once the trap is sprung, you can either leave it, or dig it up. I like to dig it up to see if I really caught one. Several times, I've taken them out partly eaten by something--probably shrews...
 

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Didn't want to go the poison route, as we have two dogs in the yard. Neither is any good at catching moles, though. But the little one almost attacked me trying to get that mole, as I was digging it out. He was on it like white on rice. Had he gotten it, I'd never have been able to get it away from him. He'd have eaten it, then thrown up in the house. Didn't need that.

I've been pretty successful with the mole traps. There are many videos on line to show how to do it. Not hard but you need to be persistent.

Once the trap is sprung, you can either leave it, or dig it up. I like to dig it up to see if I really caught one. Several times, I've taken them out partly eaten by something--probably shrews...
Need to do that to the illegals and drug smugglers! Might stop a few from attemptin’ The same thing!
 
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The trick to getting rid of moles is killing their food supply. Get yard sprayed to kill grubs and such and moles will disappear. They used to sell a product called Clorodane when sprayed on lawns it wiped out buggs and you would have no mole problem.
 
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