Moles out of Control

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Old 04-13-13, 04:43 AM
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Angry Moles out of Control

Hi everyone - I have an extensive mole infestation in my lawn. I would like a recommendation on a quality mole repellant to use. I found this while researching on the web and would like to know if anyone as tried it - Whole Control Liquid Mole Repellent.
Any and all recommendations are welcome.

By the way I have my lawn treated commercially every year and part of the treatment plan is grub control. The moles must be going after the earthworms because the company that treats my lawn said I do not have grubs.

These little pests are destroying my lawn and I need to eradicate them asap . Thx...

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Old 04-13-13, 09:11 AM
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The only thing I've heard of being effective with moles is trapping and killing them, which requires you to know which of the tunnels are active.
 
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The problem I see with a repellant is they just move next door and the population continues to grow. The moment you try to stop using the repellant they are back in force. Worms are somewhat good for the soil and moles are not. Time for the traps. There are several links on how-to.

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I’ve never used repellents for much of anything; my feeling is that it sounds better than it works.

Trapping works but a less labor intensive solution may be to use the new mole baits. Search “earthworm mole baits”. There are several brands and the big box stores carry some now. I haven’t tried these yet either, but they work. You must bait the most active tunnels.
 
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PA, would it work to use a roller on the lawn to smooth out all of the old tunnels and then look for fresh ones. Seems logical, but I have never had to deal with those critters, except one.

To the op, if you are concerned about killing the moles and would rather chase them away or catch and release, the one mentioned above was in our shop. When we finally cornered it and used gloves to transport it outside, it died of a heart attack. They are very hyper and do not survive well being handled.

Catch and release is a nice thought, but mosquitoes and some other critters are not worth the effort. I had a friend who would catch and release mosquitoes.

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Thank

you to all for responding. Appreciate it....FC
 
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So far, the only thing that has really worked for me is the sissor type trap. There are several names available. I think mine is called a tom cat.
 
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Bud: The roller idea sounds good to me but I honestly don’t have much practical experience with treating for these guys. I haven’t read the label for the “worms” for a long time, but I remember that it advised collapsing some tunnels to see which are repaired. I like the idea of power eqpt! I do know that it is important to spend time and resources on the most active holes.

Sometimes moles invade a yard simply because they are in the area and are looking for food. They don’t know that there are no grubs there until they tunnel a bit. They may not stay but they will search for a while anyway.

Fatclemenza: do you live near a wooded area? We do and I see much tunneling activity in the grassy areas in the woods.

Keep us posted as to how the “worms” work, if you go that way.
 
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PAbug - yes, behind my property is 7 acres of private woods however no grassy areas just pretty rough terrain. I am going to give the poison worms a shot and will let you know how it goes. I contacted a wildlife trapper here in NY and he wants $550 bucks to set 6 traps for a two week period. No guarantees after the two week period. If moles return I'd have to get on a maintenance program. I do have one quick follow-up. Although I do not have grubs in my lawn my soil is very sandy with I'm assuming lots of earthworms. I have my lawn professionally treated and was wondering if "too much" fertilization/treatement can be the cause of the moles. In other words, if I cut back on the fertilization/treatement will that minimize the amount of earthworms that I havea and reduce the food supply for the moles. Thanks FC
 
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I’m not aware that fertilization has any pro or con effect on moles. Earthworms are good for the soil so I don’t see that you are doing anything wrong or should do anything different.

The trapping fee, while maybe fair to the trapper, is still a lot of money considering that the problem could come back anytime. As long as you are physically able, I would urge you to learn about mole traps as well as the worms.
Always good to know more than one way to solve a problem.

Good luck and keep us posted.
 
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I never had moles but I did have quite a gopher problem for a while and I noticed they would go away for a while after I fertilized the lawn; they seemed to be repelled by the lawn chemicals.

As mentioned, you want the earthworms for your lawn, they both aerate and fertilize the soil.
 
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Thank

you everyone....will let you know how I make out...FC
 
 

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