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FlaJunkie
04-29-2010, 12:17:41 AM
Any suggestions on how to eliminate moles from the yard? PERMANENTLY. :mad:

Todd80Z28
04-29-2010, 12:42:36 AM
Douse yard in kerosene, light on fire. Bring in front end loader, dig entire yard down one foot, haul away dirt. Have them move back in from your neighbor's yard in a week anyway.:rolleyes:

I have zero idea. I tried for 10+ years in my yard in Orlando- traps, poison, smashing. I even had the help of a resident black snake, but I always had a few tunnels. Infuriating, like Dan Akroyd on Caddyshack!

Keizer
04-29-2010, 01:33:21 AM
Moles are extremely destructive to lawns. I trap mine, but have never gotten rid of them completely. I finally just told myself that they are a pest that I will have to constantly keep after.

I use the claw traps with pretty good success.

Gary S
04-29-2010, 01:53:16 AM
If you can find any of their tunnels, put in a little D-Con or any other brand of rodent poison. If you can get them to eat it, they won't bother you again. And, if you have a dog or cat and it finds one of the dead moles, the poison won't hurt your pets.
I've used this for field mice and gophers, but their tunnels are easy to find and fill with food.

70CamaroGuy
04-29-2010, 01:53:42 AM
i heard from an old timer that you could use those little windmill things you stick in your yard. It vibrates the ground and they wont come around. Ive never personally had to deal with them.

Camaro GT
04-29-2010, 02:03:07 AM
i just had a yellow bellied marmot move into my yard so ive got the same problem

i was gonna throw some screeacharoo bombs down the hole and scare it into living in my neighbours yard

hell if it dont work i still got to play around with home made firecrackers hahah

brooksman9
04-29-2010, 03:54:49 AM
Dursban. Kill the bugs they eat and they will go away.

ineed73parts
04-29-2010, 03:58:59 AM
target practice

theflash
04-29-2010, 04:03:57 AM
Garden hose, stick it in one of their tunnels and filler up.

speedfreak1000
04-29-2010, 08:05:03 AM
MOLEY, MOLEY, MOLEY
http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo340/speedfreak1972/forum%20images/AustinPowers_Mole.jpg

Jim Stokkeland
04-29-2010, 08:42:02 AM
I have them all over my yard too...I just wear a kidney when I'm riding my mower.

zzzzz28
04-29-2010, 08:58:03 AM
I've been battling them for 25+ years w/o success. You can get rid of them in your yard, but if the neighbors don't..... they will always come back to the unused tunnels. Check out the rodenator:
http://www.rodenator.com/

dirtmod08
04-29-2010, 09:28:06 AM
I have them all over my yard too...I just wear a kidney when I'm riding my mower.
Where do you wear this kidney? Around your neck? I'm sure the neighbors are wondering what the hell you are doing wearing a kidney when you mow.:screwup:

76_TypeLT
04-29-2010, 09:32:32 AM
Garden hose, stick it in one of their tunnels and filler up.

http://www.lazydork.com/movies/caddyshack.jpg

wood0691
04-29-2010, 09:34:45 AM
there is a type of plant/tree that puts out a seed that will poisin the mole then die. my great Granny had one in her yard and i still have some off the seeds i use. it works good. let me see if i can find out what its called. maybe my dad will remember. the seed looks like a fat tick with dark lines in it about the same size as a tick. let me do a search on google.

http://gurneys.com/castor-bean-flower-seed/p/15285/ its called caster bean, this is a link of what it looks like. hope this helps you.

kik_start
04-29-2010, 09:57:21 AM
if you kill what they eat, they will leave.

The bugs and worms are easy to kill.

warped
04-29-2010, 10:36:20 AM
there is a type of plant/tree that puts out a seed that will poisin the mole then die. my great Granny had one in her yard and i still have some off the seeds i use. it works good. let me see if i can find out what its called. maybe my dad will remember. the seed looks like a fat tick with dark lines in it about the same size as a tick. let me do a search on google.

http://gurneys.com/castor-bean-flower-seed/p/15285/ its called caster bean, this is a link of what it looks like. hope this helps you.


I would be careful with those little seeds.
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Castor Bean Raw green seeds Contains the deadliest toxin known to man
-"Risin or Rycin"

scrapmetal
04-29-2010, 10:44:00 AM
to think like a mole you gotta be a mole!!!

wood0691
04-29-2010, 10:48:41 AM
yes they are highly dangerus if eatin but i dont really think i would just pick up a bean out of the yard and eat it.....just sayin, but they do work on moles real good. i use them and keep them in a tin can with a tight lid on it.
CASTER BEAN IS THE WAY TO KILL MOLES, just poke one down each hole and your done...

sandrider123
04-29-2010, 11:04:07 AM
we use to have improvised mole traps that you put a 12 guage shell in next time they would come up through the tunnes ka-boom no more mole but not reccomended if you hav pets or small children

Keizer
04-29-2010, 11:18:23 AM
If you try and kill their food supply, you then take away a major part of a healthy lawn. I have no problem killing grubs, but that is not a moles only diet. They also eat worms, beetles, and just about any other type of insect. Some of these are beneficial to a healthy lawn.....especially earth worms.

I have tried the hose down the mole hole.......didn't work. I have tried the noise making devices, including the fancy battery powered ones that Costco sells.......didn't work. I have tried poison pellets in their tunnels, didn't work. I have tried car exhaust in their tunnels....didn't work. There are 100's of weird ways that people suggest to get rid of moles, and believe me I have tried them all with very little success.

The only thing that has worked for me is claw traps. I love to see the dead mole in the trap so you know you actually killed it. And when I catch one still alive, I let my dobie finish him off.

bfmgoalie
04-29-2010, 11:28:24 AM
Keizer, your right. The only thing which works for me are the traps. Last year, the moles tore up my lawn and I didn't get any with the traps. So far, this year, no luck again.

Cardinal
04-29-2010, 11:29:40 AM
When mole holes = moles appear in our yard, I go to Agway and get grub killer. The reason that you have moles is that they are feeding on the grubs. Eliminate the grubs, moles have nothing to eat, so they leave.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 11:45:56 AM
Keizer, your right. The only thing which works for me are the traps. Last year, the moles tore up my lawn and I didn't get any with the traps. So far, this year, no luck again.

I never had luck with the traps until my dad showed me his secret on setting them correctly. He came over, set one of my traps for me, and two hours later I had caught a mole I had battled with for weeks.

Again, moles eat more than just grubs. If you plan on getting rid of their food supply, then you need to totally rid your lawn of all insects, earth worms, etc. You could carpet bomb your lawn with diazinon if you can still find it. But it's not very healthy for pets and people.

Here's why I like the claw traps!
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/6302/pc0820516qt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1583/pc0820523hl.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

70rs00z28
04-29-2010, 11:49:49 AM
I was just looking at a sportmans guide magazine last night and they had a solar powered mole deterant in there. It would send out vibrations into the ground to drive them away. one plug worked for 6,000 ft^2.

Kregb
04-29-2010, 12:43:16 PM
I never had luck with the traps until my dad showed me his secret on setting them correctly. He came over, set one of my traps for me, and two hours later I had caught a mole I had battled with for weeks.

Again, moles eat more than just grubs. If you plan on getting rid of their food supply, then you need to totally rid your lawn of all insects, earth worms, etc. You could carpet bomb your lawn with diazinon if you can still find it. But it's not very healthy for pets and people.

Here's why I like the claw traps!
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/6302/pc0820516qt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1583/pc0820523hl.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

We caught a ton of gophers with these traps but never got rid of them all. Just find the tunnel at the bottom of the pile of dirt and open it up so lights gets in. Stuff the trap in and wait. The gophers don't like the light and try to block it. But like I said we never got rid of all of them. I'm going to try the windmill things there only ten bucks at Harbor Freight.
http://www.harborfreight.com/windmill-mole-chaser-47987.html

ripcurl329
04-29-2010, 12:48:12 PM
Dursban. Kill the bugs they eat and they will go away.


yep... there after the grubs

bfmgoalie
04-29-2010, 02:09:01 PM
Those are bigger then my moles.....maybe I have voles.

FlaJunkie
04-29-2010, 02:18:23 PM
Wow! I love the responses!

First of all, I cannot possibly kill all of the insects in the yard. I have trees and shrubs everywhere; I could not eliminate all of their food supply.

My neighborhood is one big multi-acre lot. They will keep moving back and forth between yards.

I am thinking the traps or the poison beans in the tunnels.

I think I would like to try the castor bean seeds. Will they eat them outright?

From the seed website: "I plan to buy several of these plants. My neighbor actually wants them for one specific reason. Many years ago, her father in law used the to kill moles. She has tried everything and her yard is infested with moles that eat the roots from her other plants and have destroyed her yard. It is understood that the moles will feed on the roots and the toxicity will kill them. FYI"

EricsZ28
04-29-2010, 03:16:48 PM
I never had luck with the traps until my dad showed me his secret on setting them correctly. He came over, set one of my traps for me, and two hours later I had caught a mole I had battled with for weeks.

Please tell us more... what is the correct way? Is it the placement of the trap, the bait, or the actual setting of the trap?

Yeah, I know, my screen name is ironic :D

Z28PILOT
04-29-2010, 03:23:08 PM
Cats

Twisted_Metal
04-29-2010, 03:44:23 PM
http://i44.tinypic.com/28up63k.gif

You can spray your yard with castor oil and water it in.
I don't know how long it works but it takes a lot of water to integrate it into the soil below the sod.
I got rid of the moles in my wife's yard this way but we were selling the house.
They stayed away for at least a year.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 05:31:24 PM
Please tell us more... what is the correct way? Is it the placement of the trap, the bait, or the actual setting of the trap?

Yeah, I know, my screen name is ironic :D

The first thing he did was bent the trip arm on my trap so it had a hair trigger. Kinda touch and go just setting the darn thing. He then digs a small diameter hole where the newest mound of dirt is. You want to find a through hole, not an end hole. He then packed dirt down each side of the tunnel, so the mole would want to clean this back out. He also put a small mound of packed dirt under the trip arm of the trap. You don't want too much room here or the mole could untimely climb right on by. He then filled the hole back up with dirt around the trap, and put a 5 gallon bucket over it.

This method seems to work great for me.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 05:38:49 PM
I'm going to try the windmill things there only ten bucks at Harbor Freight.
http://www.harborfreight.com/windmill-mole-chaser-47987.html

Here's my opinion on the wind mill contraptions. They supposedly work by causing vibrations that scare the moles away. I think that's total BS, and here's why. I spend a large amount of time in my lawn maintaining it. I mow twice a week, edge the boarders with a weed eater, and my sprinklers run every day for hours. How come all this racket and vibration doesn't scare the moles off? Especially the sprinkler system which is under ground, and utilizes impact sprinkler heads that create vibration and noise.

I could be wrong though. Maybe other people have had success with them.

FlaJunkie
04-29-2010, 05:45:30 PM
Yeah, I know, my screen name is ironic :D
:D :D :D :D :D

Keizer
04-29-2010, 05:52:28 PM
How's that even possible? You ARE talking about the same lawn...right? I guess during the summer ours gets

Ha! You don't know me too well do you? Yes same lawn. Lots of fertilizer and watering will get you there.

kenny77
04-29-2010, 05:53:59 PM
Ha! You don't know me too well do you? Yes same lawn. Lots of fertilizer and watering will get you there.


I went to edit: I guess during the summer..because I do ours once a week ..it's a lot of work having the perfect landscape. Post me a pic.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 06:21:48 PM
I went to edit: I guess during the summer..because I do ours once a week ..it's a lot of work having the perfect landscape. Post me a pic.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll18/Keizer_08/P6150812.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll18/Keizer_08/P6150819.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll18/Keizer_08/P8291281.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll18/Keizer_08/P8291273.jpg

Dave Nelson
04-29-2010, 07:18:18 PM
Try this it works. Get any type of raw fish , cut in small pieces, roll them in salt until covered, stuff the salted pieces in the holes that you find. Moles do not drink water , they eat the salted fish and dehydrate+ die. Old timer showed me this 40 years ago , and worked for me.

kenny77
04-29-2010, 07:29:29 PM
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll18/Keizer_08/P6150812.jpg




Very, very nice.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 07:52:06 PM
Very, very nice.

Thanks! One thing that has saved my yard is all the rock boarders. Moles love boarders, and dig under them all the time. They would most likely spend more time in my yard had I not put in the boarders.

theflash
04-29-2010, 08:22:38 PM
Here's my opinion on the wind mill contraptions. They supposedly work by causing vibrations that scare the moles away. I think that's total BS, and here's why. I spend a large amount of time in my lawn maintaining it. I mow twice a week, edge the boarders with a weed eater, and my sprinklers run every day for hours. How come all this racket and vibration doesn't scare the moles off? Especially the sprinkler system which is under ground, and utilizes impact sprinkler heads that create vibration and noise.

I could be wrong though. Maybe other people have had success with them.

Yes, but have you ever seen the mole in action? ;)

gin man
04-29-2010, 08:51:37 PM
Garden hose, stick it in one of their tunnels and filler up.
I've used that with some success. Either they drown and you don't see them or they come to the surface where a shovel does the trick quite nicely.

FlaJunkie
04-29-2010, 09:02:35 PM
Try this it works. Get any type of raw fish , cut in small pieces, roll them in salt until covered, stuff the salted pieces in the holes that you find. Moles do not drink water , they eat the salted fish and dehydrate+ die. Old timer showed me this 40 years ago , and worked for me.
How about salted peanuts? I am probing EVERY idea thrown out here, short of asking Bill Murray to come over. By the way, in Caddy Shack, the first few scenes show a family waking up. The curly headed kid walking by the camera is my nephew. They were filming in Ft Lauderdale and he became an extra. And now you know the rest of the story...or something like that.

Keizer
04-29-2010, 09:05:13 PM
I've also heard that putting hair in their tunnels works. :confused: Not sure how though.

green 1977
04-29-2010, 09:18:55 PM
I have them all over my yard too...I just wear a kidney when I'm riding my mower.You wear a kidney????? where did you get that...... Ummmmm ... wait a minute maybe I don't wanna know...lol:D :D

Keizer
04-29-2010, 09:25:13 PM
Yes, but have you ever seen the mole in action? ;)

Hey Flash, I had one right outside the office here. One morning I peak out and see the earth moving. I grabbed my 357 mag revolver and fired right into the small mound of earth coming up. Not sure if I hit him or not, but it sure felt good shooting at the little sucker.