Moles are pests.
They ruin the appearance of lawns and threaten the health of desirable plants.
Once a mole problem is discovered, the solution quickly becomes clear: trapping is the only viable method for getting rid of moles.
Trapping v. other methods
Trapping offers clear advantages to other mole-control strategies.
Many homeowners try to curb the problem by eliminating grubs, but these critters represent only part of the mole diet, which also includes earthworms. Besides, pesticides on lawns can endanger children and animals.
Poison gas or “fumigants” fail because the mole environment lacks an airtight seal needed to make gas effective. Repellents including castor oil and noise generators offer temporary relief when they work at all.
Even the most effective baits have only demonstrated significant results when deployed in the winter, when low insect activity leaves moles desperate for a meal.
Pitfall traps, mole watches, barriers and introducing predators have all been tried and failed.
The crafty mole
Trapping moles requires resilience.
Moles seem to sense when something is out of place. They are skillful in springing inferior or improperly set traps.
Spring and fall are the best time of year for mole trapping. In the spring, rainfall brings out earthworms and other staple foods for moles. Also during the spring, newly born moles are feeding constantly in order to grow.
Choosing the right mole trap
Nothing beats a trap when you’re ready to remove moles and restore the health of your yard.
But what mole trap is the most effective?
Harpoon traps, tunnel traps, loop traps and scissor traps are the most common mole traps on the market. Here is a quick guide on which mole trap is most effective for your needs.
Harpoon traps/spear traps
As the name implies, harpoon traps spear moles with a spike when activated.
Sometimes called plunger traps, harpoon traps rest atop active surface runways. They feature a “trigger pan” that is put in direct contact with the soil. When a mole comes along, the upward pressure activates the trigger pan, bringing down a sharp spike that impales the mole.
Harpoon traps often protrude above the surface and can be dangerous when used improperly.
Hole traps are placed inside a mole run, with the intention of drawing the mole inside.
Also referred to as “half-barrel” traps, these devices use a bait to lure the mole into making contact with a trigger wire. When tripped, the wire actives the mechanism that clamps down on the mole.
Some hole traps can even catch two moles at once, one on each side. The difficulty comes in placing the trap imperceptibly along a mole runway, making sure to block out any sunlight.
Furthermore, finding the right bait for hole trap can prove difficult.
Loop traps or chokers aim to catch a mole around the neck. Unlike hole traps, loop traps do not require baiting. When placed correctly, a mole will simply walk into a loop trap, which catches him around the neck and strangles him.
Some users have reported difficulty in setting loop traps.
The most effective mole trap by far is the scissor trap.
It has two sharp arms that close around a target when a trigger is activated.
Scissor traps are easy. They don’t require you to handle any any chemicals or pump any poisonous gas into the ground. And there are no costly pest-control bills.
Scissor traps, including the Easy Mole Trap, are placed underground so they don’t pose a threat to children or animals. When moles attempt to clear a hole, they apply upward pressure and trip the scissor mechanism. After that, it’s good-bye moles and hello to a healthy yard.