How to Get Rid of Moles

Mole Control


A mole has a blue-black to gray mohair-like velvety fur and a slender snout with sharp teeth. They have flat feet and claws with not noticeable ears. Moles can grow up to 6-12′. Moles are different from meadow voles, gophers, and shrews by their naked, pointed nose that extends well in front of the mouth. Eastern moles are the strongest group of moles and are most often connected with tunnels and/or mole mounds. Since moles have a very high metabolic rate, they can devour large amounts of feed. They can eat up to 100% of their body weight in a day. Moles mainly consume earthworms, but they do eat grubs, millipedes, and ants. Moles are active day and night and throughout the year, but you can see moles often during the spring and fall on damp days or following up rain-showers when they dig more tunnels and mounds. During the summer the ground is very dry and during the winter the ground becomes frozen so the moles have to dig deeper. Moles make two types of tunnels: sub-surface tunnels and deep tunnels. Moles build enormous underground runways looking for worms, insects, and nesting/living space. Many moles travel on the subsurface tunnels and can be used by several moles. Moles prefer grounds that are cool and moist. Moles usually are solitary but the female and young moles may share a burrow.


If there are heaved runways and discharged soil on your lawn or backyard indicates a mole is present. Mole tunnels come together usually on average 6′ below the surface.


There are several ways to control moles. You can use a repellent (DR.T’S WHOLE CONTROL MOLE REPELLENT), bait (TALPIRID KILL MOLES BAIT), trap (VICTOR OUT OSIGHT MOLE TRAP) or smoke bombs (GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS). The repellent (DR.T’S WHOLE CONTROL MOLE REPELLENT) will repel the moles away from your yard. Following the application rate directions on the label, you will want to treat the whole entire lawn, large turfs, and other landscaped areas.

For year round constant control you will want to apply spring, summer, and fall. The bait application you will need to locate active tunnels. You will need to locate deep tunnels, push a probe (i.e. broom handle) into the solid between mounds. When the probe enters a tunnel, the resistance on the probe will decrease rapidly.

Mark the opened tunnels and revisit those 48-72 hours later. If the holes have been resealed, drop one of the baits (TALPIRID KILL MOLES BAIT) into the hole and cover the hole with a piece of sod, a small rock, or a piece of newspaper to allow visual inspection. You should repeat the bait application every 5-10 feet of each active deep tunnel.

The use of the bombs (GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS) is to gas the tunnels. First located the main runway and you can find the main runway by looking for a fresh pointed mound of dirt. Select the most recent, freshest of the mound, remove the plug and dig in the direction of the main runway. If lateral to the mound is plugged, either dig past the plug or probe ground around the plug to locate the main runway. Main runway will be found when probe meets little or no resistance. When runway if found, prepare an opening into runway large enough so that cartridge can be inserted easily. Collect sufficient amount of dirt and other materials to close the hole. Light a fuse and insert the cartridge into hole fuse-end first. Cover the cartridge quickly, but be careful not to smother it with dirt. Quickly close any holes where gas escapes. If your excavations have divided main runway into each section, treat each portion.

You can use a trap (VICTOR OUT OSIGHT MOLE TRAP) as well. This trap will kill the moles. You will have to identify the active mole tunnels and flatten out the tunnel then wait 24 hrs to see if the flattened tunnel resurfaces, which means it’s an active tunnel. Place the trap on the center of the tunnel, then read and follow the directions on the label.

Dr. T Whole Control Mole Repellent Talprid Kill Moles Bait Giant Destroyer Smoke Bombs Victor Out-Of-Sight Mole Trap
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Date: Thursday, 14. January 2010 13:46
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