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Lurch

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Moles
« on: May 11, 2011, 12:49:06 PM »
Anybody have any sure fire remedies for the little buggers?

My hay field looks like it's been roto-tilled.... and my dogs making holes that would make a Badger blush


gitrdun

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Re: Moles
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 01:51:22 PM »
This is a bad year for both Voles and Pocket Gophers....I don't think we have actual Moles here. For the pocket gophers there is a trap that you can get at UFA. It's a black box with the bottom and one end removed. The other end has a hole. When the gophers goes into it to cover the hole (they hate daylight) they get caught and killed in the trap. You may see a lot of those nice dirt mounds, but you don't have as many critters as you have mounds. You have to be selective about which mound you set up on. Go for the freshest dirt. I'd start with 6 traps and mark the locations with landscape markers (wires with fluorescent tape). For voles which dig those neat little trenches, the solution is mouse traps. But I wouldn't worry about them, they'll die off and go away. This past winter, I've been told is responsible for this problem. Believe me, you're not alone.

BullShooter

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Re: Moles
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 05:00:49 PM »
X2 on the traps. They work but I would HIGHLY recommend anchoring them down with some small chain or cable. I set up 6 last year and when I went out the following morning there was only one left (complete with mole). Dang coyotes had come around and taken the mole and the trap. That was a $75 lesson.

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Re: Moles
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011, 05:58:29 PM »
Thanks alot for the replies.

New to me - out in the palliser triangle there weren't such critters. The gophers came out where you could whack them.

These must be the pocket gophers - just a whole bunch of black mounds.

BullShooter

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Re: Moles
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2011, 06:23:30 PM »
I'm sure gitrdun is right on the name, we have always generically referred to them as moles though. Lots in the area.

gitrdun

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Re: Moles
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 07:23:47 AM »
I'm sure gitrdun is right on the name, we have always generically referred to them as moles though. Lots in the area.

Before attacking the problem, I did a bit of research on the internet. I knew what the critters looked like because my blue healer brought back a few and deposited them on the front porch. Moles have much larger front feet than pocket gophers do. My critters are pocket gophers. The traps that I purchased from UFA certainly weren't $75.00 if I recall. They work very well if you pick the right mound. I use a sharp stick to find the tiny little entry hole without disturbing the mound to much. It's a bit of an art form as all trapping is.... ;D

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 08:20:30 AM »
I probably should have explained that better... LOL... the traps were $15 each and I lost 5.

I just take a shovel and dig about a 12" diameter hole 8" - 10" into the mound and clear away the soil to expose the hole. I set the trap into the hole and cover the sides with soil so that the only light remaining is coming from the back of the trap. Cheers, Mike

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Re: Moles
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2011, 08:18:16 PM »
Post up some pics if you catch the critters

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Re: Moles
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011, 10:08:48 PM »
I probably should have explained that better... LOL... the traps were $15 each and I lost 5.

I just take a shovel and dig about a 12" diameter hole 8" - 10" into the mound and clear away the soil to expose the hole. I set the trap into the hole and cover the sides with soil so that the only light remaining is coming from the back of the trap. Cheers, Mike

Yup, that is what I do.  The little buggers are always invading my garden.



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gitrdun

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Re: Moles
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2011, 10:37:12 PM »
Yup Axeman, that is what my traps look like instead of round, they are square. Same idea though. they work.