How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

  • August 16, 2012

Moles can cause a lot of damage to a yard through their burrowing habits. Knowing how to get rid of moles in your yard can save you hundreds of dollars in turf damage. Moles dig tunnels in order to find earthworms and other white grubs. Their most visible damage takes place in the form of surface tunnels. These tunnels are dug directly beneath the surface of the soil, and appear as ridges in the ground. Trapping and bait are the most common methods of control for moles.

How to Trap a Mole

The three main mole traps are the Choker Loop, Harpoon, and Scissor Jawed traps. These traps all function similarly. To set a trap, locate a surface tunnel. Using a shovel or garden hoe, collapse a small portion of the tunnel about 3-4 inches long. Set the trap with the pan resting on the collapsed portion of the tunnel. When the mole attempts to reopen the tunnel, it springs the trap.

How to Bait a Mole

Moles are not rodents, and do not feed on grain-based bait. The most effective mole bait comes in the form of an earthworm. Talpirid is the most commonly used mole bait by pest professionals. These fake worms are infused with bromethalin. To place the bait, drop the worm through a small hole that you have poked in the roof of a surface tunnel. Other effective mole baits come in the form of gels and foams. These are injected into surface tunnels with a syringe.

Moles use different surface tunnels throughout the year. If trapping and baiting do not rid your yard of moles, try targeting different surface tunnels.

Know you should be at least one step closer in learning how to get rid of moles in your yard!


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