How To Control Moles And Reduce Turfgrass Damage With Mole Traps

November 05 00:26 2020

Trapping for moles

Defenders has two main kinds of mole trap available: the claw/scissor trap and the tunnel/barrel trap.

Claw/Scissor Trap

These traps have two setting arms which are ideal for easy handling – when in position, they stick up out of the soil and act as a visual aid when determining whether the trap is set or has been sprung.

Tunnel/Barrel Trap

Must be fully inserted into a mole tunnel when set to leave no visible trace of the trap on the surface. Best used with mole trap markers to easily identify where traps have been positioned. Growing in popularity, these are ideal for use if people don’t want unsightly trap handles sticking out of the ground. A setting mechanism at each end of the trap makes it possible to catch a mole at either end, regardless of where the mole enters the trap, and two moles can be captured at once.

Setting a scissor trap

Using a trowel, loosen the soil and push a set mole trap into the ground – don’t make the hole any wider than the trap; the edges need to push against the sides of the run. Push the trap fully into the hole so that the mole cannot pass underneath the setting ring; the legs of the trap may have to be pushed through the base of the tunnel. It’s also important not to leave any loose soil within the tunnel, so remove it or compact it. Test that the trap will set quickly and, if satisfied, re-set the trap. Fully cover the trap with grass and soil, ensuring there is no empty space left above the trap that may let light in or permit the mole to go around the trap.

Setting a barrel trap

Cut away a piece of ground the same size of the barrel trap on top of the tunnel. Compact the bottom of the mole tunnel so the mole can’t easily dig underneath the trap. Set the trap and push it gently into the hole, ensuring the trap loops are touching the base of the tunnel. Fully cover the trap with grass and soil, ensuring there is no empty space left above the trap that may let light in or permit the mole to go around the trap.

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