The Cheap or Freebie Methods:
THE CHEAP MOLE TRAP
One cheap organic method consists of embedding a deep flower pot,
deep plastic pail, or a deep coffee can in one of the main tunnels of the animal, and carefully replacing the soil
above. You may have to put a small piece of wood over the top of the smooth tunnel to be able to recover the
tunnel. The mole in traversing his burrow falls into the pit and is effectually captured.
How Do You Know Which Tunnel to Use to
Set the Trap?
You have to find the main tunnels that run from the nest to the
feeding areas. Spend time the day before you plan to set the trap to locate the main tunnels. Use your foot or
shovel to push down all of the noticeable runs in the lawn area to help determine the actual main tunnels. The next
day you will see where the moles have repaired and raised the tunnels again to get to the feeding areas. The mole
hills are not the main tunnels.
The ordinary mole hills present nothing particularly worthy of
notice. They are merely the shafts through which the mole ejects the material which it has scooped out, as it
drives its many tunnels through the soil, and if they are carefully opened after the rain has consolidated the heap
of loose material, nothing more will be discovered than a simple hole leading into the tunnel. You can sometimes
see from above ground which way the tunnels go by looking for the raised grass covering the top side of the
Where Are The Main Tunnels
They lead to the real abode of the animal, the nesting
The hill under which this domicile is hidden, is of considerable
size, but is not very conspicuous, being always placed under the shelter of a tree, bolder, shrub, or a suitable
bank, and would scarcely be discovered but by a practiced eye. The subterranean abode will resemble a remarkable
maze of tunnels.
The central apartment, or "keep," if we so term it, is a nearly
spherical chamber, the roof of which is almost on a level with the earth around the hill, and therefore situated at
a considerable depth from the apex of the heap.
Around this keep are driven two circular passages or galleries, one
just level with the ceiling and the other at some height above. Five short descending passages connect the
galleries with each other, but the only entrance into the keep is from the upper gallery, out of which three
passages lead into the ceiling of the keep.
It will be seen that when the mole enters the house from one of its
tunnels, it has first to get into the lower gallery to ascend thence into the upper gallery, and so descend into
the central chamber.
There is, however, another entrance into the keep from below. A
passage dips downward from the centre of the chamber, and then, taking a curve upwards, opens into one of the
larger burrows or high roads, as they may be fitly termed. It is a noteworthy fact that the high roads, of which
there are several radiating in different directions, never open into the gallery opposite one of the entrances into
the upper gallery.
The mole therefore is obliged to go to the right or left as soon as
it enters the domicile before it can find a passage to the upper gallery.
By tracking a tunnel back to the main adobe and placing your freebie
trap or a purchased trap, you will increase your odds of getting all of the voracious little boogers tearing up
The Water Method:
People have had some success drowning moles as a way to get rid of
them. Using a five gallon bucket of water instead of a water hose to fill the mole hole puts more water down in the
hole. Be cautious about using water as you may flood your basement or other area of your house without realizing
what is taking place while you are outside trying to win the battle.
The Shooting Method:
While it has worked for some landowners in rural areas that had time
and skill to kill the mole; it should never be used in urban settings due to possibly hurting someone and the fact
discharging firearms is illegal in most cities if not all cities.
The Sharp Shovel or Pitchfork
Have plenty of time on your hands as you wait patiently for the mole
to start moving in the main tunnels. You will see the dirt and grass on top of the run moving as the mole gets to
work. Quickly run over there and use the shovel or pitchfork to kill the mole. This method will work if you are
patient enough or have enough beer to keep you sitting there.
The Sound Method Using a
This is another method where you need to have plenty of time on your
hands as you wait patiently for the mole to start moving in the main tunnels.
You will see the dirt and grass on top of the run moving as the mole
gets to work. Quickly run over there and use the shovel to strike the ground hard next to where the mole is
With moles being super sensitive to sound, the loud noise is supposed
to kill them. Don’t hold your breath on this method as moles have become accustomed to the sounds of lawn mowers,
weedeaters and the expensive mole chaser noise makers.
Good Luck Winning the highly difficult Mole Eradication
Keep in mind that moles are very active only a few times a year. It
doesn't mean you won the battle just because you don't see them right now.