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Moles

Posted By: mikeydon

Moles - 06/20/14 02:14 PM

How the h#ll do you get RID of moles eeks333,I know some of ya'll gotta to know,I work my butt of every weekend
in my yard and cost is know ?,YESTERDAY MOURNING I FOUND 2 MOLE HILL'S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY YARD.
cry cry cry cry
They gotta go today elmer rifle rifle

HELP HELP HELP cry
Posted By: Payne

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 02:21 PM

Small area like a yard or garden use mole traps

Large area like a pasture rent an applicator from a feed store and poison them.
Posted By: HoldPoint

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 02:21 PM

Stuff a water hose down its hole and stab it when it comes out
Posted By: Payne

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 02:24 PM

Posted By: Cast

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 02:31 PM

Tannerite!
Posted By: kindall

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 02:33 PM

I have a dog that will excavate your entire yard, to hunt down those pesky critters and kill them.
I'm sure there is a better way, but I haven't had moles since she started hunting them.
Posted By: skidmore88

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 04:58 PM

Freeze em off or just cut em off with a small snipper.
Posted By: Western

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 08:57 PM

I use the "out-o-sight" mole traps and they work once you learn how and where. Caught a huge one early this spring that was terrorizing the place, big ole male. Been after a few here lately as well, but smaller trails.

I have had good luck completely flooding any trails/mound that are at the base of a tree. They like to burrow and nest in the root system, so I try to drown the little ons if they are there. Adult mole can dig 90' a minute, so drowning them with a hose is next to impossible. A real good flooding rain helps since everything gets flooded at once.
Posted By: jdw

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 09:18 PM

Originally Posted By: skidmore88
Freeze em off or just cut em off with a small snipper.


LoL
Posted By: moss99

Re: Moles - 06/20/14 09:29 PM

My lab makes short work of them. I always know when she gets one she leaves it on the back porch.
I tried all kinds of things to get rid of them in the past. The only thing I had any luck with is those traps that drive the three prongs in the ground. I never tried the out of sight mole trap.
Posted By: Stoney

Re: Moles - 06/21/14 04:02 AM

Buddy of mine hooked a hose to his truck exhaust and gassed them out. He swore it worked, I can only say I have never seen another mound in his yard
Posted By: mikeydon

Re: Moles - 06/21/14 06:29 PM

I got some HELP,the moles ARE LEAVING my yard, I AIN'T KIDDING!! up

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Posted By: mikeydon

Re: Moles - 06/21/14 06:31 PM

Posted By: Old Rabbit

Re: Moles - 06/22/14 11:18 PM

Tractor Supply Mole Trap
We have used this type of trap with good luck. On the new ones you push it down just enough to keep is from springing back. If you push it all the way down it is not sensitive enough.
Posted By: kmon1

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 12:36 PM

Plant caster beans around an area and no moles. Not exactly what would want in a yard but works great around a garden or larger area. Parents did that for years.
Posted By: dawaba

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 12:53 PM

Hills? Mounds? Are you sure you have moles (insectivores) or do you have pocket gophers (rodents)?

Gophers leave mounds randomly across the yard. The dirt mounds are 12-24" across and 8-12" high. The mounds sorta resemble a connect-the-dots pattern in the lawn. Gophers eat roots mainly. They are pests for sure.

Moles construct a meandering shallow tunnel across the yard. The top of the tunnel is raised slightly above ground level. There are usually no mounds at all, although sometimes there will be a small hill. Moles eat insects and grubs. They are quite beneficial.
Posted By: Hunt n Fish

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 01:06 PM

I found some little gas/smoke thingies that looked like dynamite sticks at the feed store. Stuffed a few in certain holes with nothing sticking out but the fuses. Lit 'em up and a few minutes started seeing smoke coming from other holes. As I spotted smoke I covered that hole too. Guess I got 'em all 'cause I haven't see any in a while. I think most of my problem was gophers......

Good Luck... Them are aggravating little critters!
Posted By: Navasot

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 04:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Payne
Small area like a yard or garden use mole traps

Large area like a pasture rent an applicator from a feed store and poison them.
Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 04:41 PM

Moles dont make mounds or hills.
Posted By: aeb

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 05:04 PM

rifle
Posted By: oldoak2000

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 05:39 PM

Classic solution:
Posted By: Navasot

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Moles dont make mounds or hills.


Im thinkin hes got gophers
Posted By: Western

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 05:52 PM

Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Moles dont make mounds or hills.


Sure they do? but they look different than a Gophers mound. Not all moles will mound though, usually if they have dug deep.
Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 05:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Moles dont make mounds or hills.


Sure they do? but they look different than a Gophers mound. Not all moles will mound though, usually if they have dug deep.


My yard is covered in mole tunnels, so are my neighbors, I have yet to see any kind of hill or mound. Gophers will definitely make a hill / mound.
Posted By: John2

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: kmon1
Plant caster beans around an area and no moles. Not exactly what would want in a yard but works great around a garden or larger area. Parents did that for years.

I was going to suggest castor beans but they are poison so I didn't bother.My nephew in Ok put them in gopher holes in his yard to rid himself of gophers some years back and says they work.
Posted By: Western

Re: Moles - 06/23/14 08:19 PM

Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Moles dont make mounds or hills.


Sure they do? but they look different than a Gophers mound. Not all moles will mound though, usually if they have dug deep.


My yard is covered in mole tunnels, so are my neighbors, I have yet to see any kind of hill or mound. Gophers will definitely make a hill / mound.


Yeah, moles aren't as frequent since they eat underground, but when they go deep, build nest, they have to push the dirt out. Their mounds are more symmetrical, straight up and dont have a "plug", where a gopher mound is angled (the exit) and their mounds are not as round, you can also see the "plug" they use after they go above ground to feed.

I've caught both here and at times using the same travel way. Sometimes moles will nest under brush or in wooded areas and you wont notice the mounds as much.
Posted By: Cochise

Re: Moles - 06/24/14 06:13 PM

I am eat up with Gophers. Before we got the place, probably 3 years ago, my FIL poisoned them...worked for about two years...now that we've built the house...they're back and they've destroyed our yard and have got the pasture pretty good. I tried the smoke bomb things that were mentioned earlier...no luck. No luck with the traps either. About ready to go nuclear on the little SOBs
Posted By: Western

Re: Moles - 06/24/14 06:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Cochise
I am eat up with Gophers. Before we got the place, probably 3 years ago, my FIL poisoned them...worked for about two years...now that we've built the house...they're back and they've destroyed our yard and have got the pasture pretty good. I tried the smoke bomb things that were mentioned earlier...no luck. No luck with the traps either. About ready to go nuclear on the little SOBs


I had a hay field once that they tore up pretty good, an older neighbor caught 10 or so using a makabee (sp) style trap. Surprising how much damage one gopher can do.

Best way I have found to catch them with a trap. I unplug the hole on the mound, set the trap in and leave the hole nearly open, may put a bit of grass over it. This wont work for moles usually, but it seems the gophers do not like an open hole and will promptly come back to plug it. This is how the old fella showed me.
Posted By: wingnut

Re: Moles - 06/25/14 02:26 PM

Here is how I take care of the little buggers: Open up two or more holes as far apart from each other as possible. I then take a piece of 1 1/2" metal flex conduit and run one end down one of the holes. (Pack dirt around it to seal)
I slip the other end of the conduit over the exhaust of my riding mower and it run for 20-30 minutes. The conduit gets very hot, and I pour a little transmission fluid down it for special effects. Smoke will come out of the tunnels it is communicating with. You will have no more gophers in the area.
Posted By: QuackStacker

Re: Moles - 06/25/14 02:37 PM

i have what i call ground squirrels... .22 cal air rifle makes short work of them and is a good way to pass the down time between seasons... tried all the store bought stuff and even my exterminator uncle gave me stuff that didn't work... my Nitro did tho..

Posted By: sqiggy

Re: Moles - 06/25/14 02:55 PM

Sounds like the OP has gophers.
What I do, the "most fresh" mound of dirt, dig it out till you find the tunnel. Set trap and stick in tunnel and walk away. Thirty minutes later, go pull trap with gopher stuck on the end of it, take it off, bury it in his tunnel and fill hole back up with dirt. You can find these traps just about at any feed store. Word of caution. Tie a string to it. Caught one around the mid section instead of head, and it backed itself in the hole a couple feet.
Posted By: Texpolo1106

Re: Moles - 06/26/14 05:52 PM

Traps and poison never worked for me, but alka seltzer did the trick.
Posted By: DTCOOPER

Re: Moles - 06/26/14 07:54 PM

we have gophers AND moles... Gophers don't leave visible tunnels. Moles do
Gophers dig a crescent shaped mound, where thy come up on one side of the mound and pitch the dirt over. Typically their hole can be found just under the surface on the "inside" of the mound..

Moles do mounds too.. But there's are a symmetric round pile of dirt, with no crescent shape to it..
I've been fighting those little bastards for 2 years..
It's about time to call in Bill Murray.
Posted By: DTCOOPER

Re: Moles - 06/26/14 07:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Texpolo1106
Traps and poison never worked for me, but alka seltzer did the trick.


Please elaborate Tex...
Posted By: DTCOOPER

Re: Moles - 06/26/14 07:58 PM

http://www.thegopherguy.com/pages/pestid.html

good way to tell what you have.
Posted By: BobG

Re: Moles - 06/29/14 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Western
I use the "out-o-sight" mole traps and they work once you learn how and where. Caught a huge one early this spring that was terrorizing the place, big ole male. Been after a few here lately as well, but smaller trails.

I have had good luck completely flooding any trails/mound that are at the base of a tree. They like to burrow and nest in the root system, so I try to drown the little ons if they are there. Adult mole can dig 90' a minute, so drowning them with a hose is next to impossible. A real good flooding rain helps since everything gets flooded at once.


90' a minute? I have always heard 12-15 feet/hour
Posted By: Western

Re: Moles - 06/29/14 08:55 PM

Originally Posted By: BobG
Originally Posted By: Western
I use the "out-o-sight" mole traps and they work once you learn how and where. Caught a huge one early this spring that was terrorizing the place, big ole male. Been after a few here lately as well, but smaller trails.

I have had good luck completely flooding any trails/mound that are at the base of a tree. They like to burrow and nest in the root system, so I try to drown the little ons if they are there. Adult mole can dig 90' a minute, so drowning them with a hose is next to impossible. A real good flooding rain helps since everything gets flooded at once.


90' a minute? I have always heard 12-15 feet/hour


Yeah. my bad, dont know what I had on the brain, 9-12" digging, but can travel in tunnels at 90' a minute
Posted By: Texpolo1106

Re: Moles - 07/03/14 12:41 PM

Originally Posted By: DTCOOPER
Originally Posted By: Texpolo1106
Traps and poison never worked for me, but alka seltzer did the trick.


Please elaborate Tex...


They will eat the tablets and their stomach will start to expand until it ruptures, killing them. Only thing that has worked for me so far.
Posted By: skinnerback

Re: Moles - 07/03/14 10:33 PM

I have moles AND gophers in my yard. The moles don't bother me much, but the dang pocket gophers do & I've got lots of them. Don't use poison if you have dogs. Trapping is the only thing that works for me but it's a never ending battle. I have 10 traps so can run 5 sets at a time. I got tired of messing with them, so now I pay my kids $5.00 for each one they catch. Hate them suckers.
Posted By: Superduty

Re: Moles - 07/04/14 02:53 AM



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Posted By: DannyB

Re: Moles - 07/05/14 04:10 AM

Rodenator----Looks like fun.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjdky7hBp-E
Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter

Re: Moles - 08/08/14 09:50 PM

Ah boy! Let the fun begin! Water hose and rat shot. I have killed some B&C moles around my house. My mutt loves to attack them also. Mole hunting is the most fun a man can have with his clothes on. Rat hunting is a close second. aim
Posted By: Tbar

Re: Moles - 08/08/14 10:23 PM

Two weeks ago I saw one throwing dirt in the yard. Grabbed the 9mm with shot shells.....parked the UTV near the hole drank a beer and waited. Next time he appeared up I popped him. smile
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