I was out of town for a week and now, after a week to observe the latest mole activity in my yard, I am ready to place my traps out this weekend. I have 8 Deadset® mole traps and some Victor® Poison Peanuts and Victor® Poison Moleworms™.
I have invested 80 dollars this season for my additional 3 traps and some bait. I will be able to use the traps every season, so I see it as an investment. Moles can always return at any time.
Trapping will allow me to be sure that I am making progress. I use baits as well because the combination has worked for me in the past.
I have taken this past week to truly determine that the runs that have appeared in the past few weeks are actively being used day to day.
I have three target spots that I will attack.
Do I treat mounds? Why do I have mounds instead of surface runs?
1.) When I encounter a mound I feel the dirt at the top. If it is soft and moist I know that it is fresh. I then brush a bit of it away and poke my finger down thru the hole. I brush off the top few inches of loose soil. I will return tomorrow and the next day to see if it is still being used. Remember: Mounds occurs because the mole is unable to deposit the soil anywhere else and the surface is too dry just to "push up" a tunnel roof.
2.) I throw in Sweeney's Poison Peanuts and a Poison Moleworm into the hole below the mound when I find one. I am certain that the use of baits while trapping improves my eradication plan.
3.) Surface tunnels that are fresh and long are what I am really looking for. I have found three this week and when I poked a hole and looked to the main tunnel it felt moist. Each of my tunnel holes was closed up when I inspected them 24 hours later. I am certain that my mole is very actively using these runs on a daily basis.
Now I am ready to place my traps. First, let me let me share some tricks of the Mole trapping trade.