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    Moles

    Can anybody enlighten me on these destructive creatures, I have a really big garden area with nice neatly mown lawns and this year I seem to be inundated with moles. I get them cleared up and then all of a sudden there is active molehills. They seem to be around the area of the previous hills and you can feel the tunnels just under the grass.
    I live down a country lane and sometimes you can see them making their way down the verge and I try to get them before they get to me. I can go weeks with no activity then they appear with all their mates.
    Has anybody got any advice,
    Thanks in advance

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    Don't know much about them but they are ruining my lawn this year and not succumbing to my evidently amateurish attempts to trap them.

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    Got to keep trapping them. Use weathered traps, find the tunnel with a sharp stick, only make a hole big enough for the trap, clear the spoil out of the tunnel or the mole will push this against the trigger and set it off before he goes in. Put a light sod over the trap to keep it dark .Hear of people putting kiddies windmills in the ground, apparently the moles don't like the vibration

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    We had them in a largish lawn - like badgers they seem to 'home-in' on the runs made by previous moles. I've caught several from the same single run. They seem to move overland at night. The problem may have been caused by a reduction in mole trapping on agricultural land, leading to a surge in their population ?
    The chap who lived next door used to employ a chap who used worms inoculated with strychnine never seemed bothered about what consumed the moles. I use a brush and sweep the hills away and just swear at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger22 View Post
    Got to keep trapping them. Use weathered traps, find the tunnel with a sharp stick, only make a hole big enough for the trap, clear the spoil out of the tunnel or the mole will push this against the trigger and set it off before he goes in. Put a light sod over the trap to keep it dark .Hear of people putting kiddies windmills in the ground, apparently the moles don't like the vibration

    This above advice is spot on, I have taken 16 moles out of my own garden in the last 2 years this way and several more for the farmer whose ground I shoot.

    Perseverance is key though, keep at em.


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    Moles, nah this year for me it's ANTS, I counted 231 nests in the lawn...
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    like most other wild animals nows about the time they kick there young out the runs to make there on way in life hence you'll get new hills poppin up everywhere, they mate in march have about half a doz young in april may, and boot them out about end of june, iv done them on farms and gardens round about me for about 3 seasons now and they are get ridable but you need to keep at them, best you can hope for is to keep them to a minimum and admire there tenacity and remember one mole makes many hills so you prolly don't have as many as you think

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    As others have said, weathered traps. Our farm borders moor and it's a continual battle to keep at the little bleeders!
    Imagine a moles run like a tree if you will, he will live at the roots, whizz along the trunk as his highway and then feed at the canopy. The canopy is the abundance of mole hills you see. Chances are he's coming along a ditch, hedge line or fence line. Moles re-use runs, so a newcomer may use an old run! Trap the incoming highway rather than the feeding ground if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimh View Post
    Moles, nah this year for me it's ANTS, I counted 231 nests in the lawn...
    Sounds Like Time Well Spent

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    Talunex or phostoxin are your friends, especially if you can feel where their runs are.
    Below is a link to my website.
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