Know your enemy first
It is obvious that before you do anything with the problem you need to gather all the information about the cause of the problem. And what should you know about the mole? One thing is for sure – moles can drive you crazy. There is so much confusing information out there that it is almost impossible to know which is true and which is pure nonsense.
But, here is the real piece of information – if the mole problem is not handled, they may quickly colonize and move about through the adjacent areas with ease. Although they do not feed on plants (because they are insectivores), as some people may believe, they in fact pose a real threat of turning your yard into an excavation sight. And because they need a well-placed tunnel network in order to survive, the longer you wait, the more comfortable they become and harder to control.
Best method of yard mole removal
To be able to get rid of moles in yard, trapping seems to be the most effective among other methods of mole extermination. While just a small number of homeowners tends to trap moles, a large population of them may develop in residential areas. Those wonderings about “how do I get rid of moles?” wonder no more – among other useful remedies, 2 truly stand out: harpoon trap and scissors trap show their best at the yard mole removal.
However, a proper placement of those traps is the # 1 problem among homeowners. Unfortunately, instructions included are not always clear and easy to understand. It is only to your advantage to know some basic mole behaviors and their biology.
- It is vital to find active (or permanent) or deeper tunnels, since they are constantly used by moles during the day. In order to spot those in the area, be on the watch for regularly reopened tunnels which follow the straight line, or that connect together two molehills or their feeding areas.
- Their main “highways” will usually run along fences, foundations, walkways or other types of manmade borders. And even sometimes their tunnels will run along wooded areas positioned in the field or lawn. If you detect the tunnel location, there is only one way to find out if it is a permanent one – crush it with your foot in order to block it. If it is a permanent tunnel, it will be quickly reconstructed by moles as fast as 15 – 18 feet/hour! But sometimes, they might or might not be reused.
- You can practise trapping moles any time of year, but it has been noted that both early fall and spring are the best time for trapping them. During this time their general population is lower, but the damage caused is more visible instead. If you start taking steps eliminating malls in early fall before they dig deeper in preparation for winter, you will have high chances of success. However, trapping in early spring will eliminate future headaches due to their new offspring.
If you think that moles are gone during colder periods of time, or dry periods, you are mistaken – they are simply gone deeper underground. And since they only use fewer tunnels during such periods of time, trapping (although a bit difficult) will prove itself to be the most effective, so good luck!