How to catch a mole and permanently eliminate it from the yard? This million dollar question has plagued the minds of many homeowners who wake up day after day to find their beautifully landscaped yards turning into piles of soil. There are currently so many remedies that promise the complete eradication of moles, but yet fail to deliver the desired results. Some of the most common approaches to get rid of moles include the use of Castor oil, bleach, red pepper and camphor.
These mammals become highly visible during the spring season. During this time of the year, the grounds are a little softer which brings earthworms and some insects near the surface of the ground. This drives the moles to also stay near the topsoil where they can feast on their food. During the colder months, moles stay and dig deeper under the ground to scour for food.
With all the ways of how to catch a mole, the one that has proven to be the most effective is trapping. Mole traps are installed right into the tunnels and capture the unsuspecting mole that comes into contact with them. Mole traps generally come in two types. The first one, called a harpoon trap, is installed near the surface of the ground. Deeper tunnels call for scissor traps.
A trap is deemed useless if it is not installed in a tunnel that is active. Moles can dig a multitude of tunnels on a daily basis for the purposes of finding food and even as mere passageways. Some of these tunnels are just used once and then never used again. This is why is it important that you determine which ones are active mole tunnels before setting your trap.
One simple way to determine this is to disrupt all of the tunnels that are currently in your yard by flattening or smoothing them. After 24 hours, recheck each of the tunnels. Those that have been reformed are most likely the active tunnels where you can successfully install your traps.
It might not look like it but using a harpoon trap to catch a mole is relatively easy; if you get a few important things right. Setting it up comes easy once you have found the perfect tunnel to install it in. Clean the trap from any dirt and ensure that its spring mechanism is working by opening and closing it several times. Position the trap in a way that it is perpendicular to the tunnel by aligning its ground spikes. Slide it on the soil, pull back the harpoon blades, and slide it into place. You will then just leave it there and wait for a mole for approximately 24 to 48 hours.
If you intend to trap moles from tunnels deeper below the soil surface, you will have a better chance at success with the use of a scissor trap. Make sure that you carefully insert the trap into the hole as it to prevent it from being triggered prematurely. learning how to catch a mole with this apparatus may also require you to become familiar with mole bait products.