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Moles, Moles, MOLES!!!
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Ron from IL    Posted 04-10-2003 at 08:59:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
HELP!!

We've always had a few moles on our place since moving here over ten years ago, but lately, it's gotten OUT OF HAND! I went to put the Big Dog (Walter) in his pen before leaving for work yesterday, and the yard looked like downtown Bagdad! I don't know HOW they can dig--the ground is SO dry. We had a little rain last week, but they tunnel like they're digging in sand! Below nearly every bird feeder (we feed black oil sunflower seed only) are eruptions from digging. I've tried mole traps (never worked), and am at wits end--I won't even be able to mow before spending an hour knocking down clumps and mounds! Anyone had any luck with mole "discouragers" that are non-lethal to pets? I wanted to try the "pills" in the runways, but my wife's afraid that Walter will get into them and off himself.

TIA

Ron


Sid    Posted 04-10-2003 at 16:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have tried everthing from flooding the runs Stabbibg them with pitch fork and such The wind mill thingamjigs do a pretty good job of keeping the population down. We have also had good results using a roller one year took the field roller through the yard for Mom. It worked pretty good it killed enough mole that it stank for a little bit. Some people put Juicy Fruit gum in the mole runs(has to be Juicy Fruit). I have yet to see a permanent solution. Have not used any posion but it works also.


Lazy Al    Posted 04-10-2003 at 16:00:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron Do a google search on milky spore.
I haven't got around to try it but I guess
it will kill the grubs and each grub puts out
more spores and works for years Makes the
moles sick and they die or leave .
Al


walt    Posted 04-10-2003 at 12:20:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kill off the grubs, the moles will leave. I used Dianonzin grandules.


Randy    Posted 04-10-2003 at 10:17:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If I'm thinking right, beneficial nematodes will do the trick. Can get them in a fertilizer type bag now. Takes a while, not overnight like the real lethal stuff.


Kat in NJ    Posted 04-10-2003 at 09:18:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ron, My father, an old Iowa farmboy, had a good deterent for the moles we occasionally got in the yard. When they dig near the surface, you can see the ripple of their new tunnel coming. My father would take a pitchfork and jab it down into front of the oncoming ripple. Once everyone was conveniently pitchforked in their burrows, the lawn could then be rolled and reseeded.

You may want to check out what is attracting the moles, especially since they like to eat grubs. Could be, too, a few applications of grub control would remove the food source and the moles would go elsewhere on their own.

Kat in NJ


Jimbob    Posted 04-10-2003 at 09:30:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our moles mostly left after we installed those strange wind fans (for lack of a better word). It is a fan on a small stick that spins & vibrates. We still have a few moles, but 3/4 left.

Moles eat grubbs like people enjoy apple pie. I have also used this years ago, but do not know if a hazard exists. I spread a spore type powder that kills grubbs. For 5 years, no moles. Does not seem to hurt gophers, chipmonks or other animals.
I let the gophers live here- some neighbors shoot them, also wild domestic cats. I will not tolorate a badger, not too keen on the moles either.


sylvia    Posted 04-10-2003 at 13:25:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks!!!!!!! they actually dug under our pool this year, I will have to try some of these suggestions. All we need is moles under the pool!


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