How to Get Rid of Moles


Trapping vs. other methods

You've got a mole problem.

The ugly mounds of dirt and the pitting in the yard is unmistakable. But what's the best way to get rid of moles? To unlock the answer, it's best to understand a bit about moles.

On the hunt for food

The eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus) is the most common species to North America. These moles are carnivores, in search of grubs, beetles and earthworms. They prefer the loamy soils found in lawns, fields and lightly wooded areas. When moles dine out, your lawn pays the price.

Kill the grubs to get rid of moles?

Since moles are in search of food, many people claim that eliminating grubs is the best way to get rid of moles. Take away the food source and grubs will go elsewhere, right?

Wrong, according to the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University. Researchers there say grub-control products are ineffective because they leave the earthworms that make up a majority of the mole's diet. Besides, the application of heavy pesticides can cause unexpected problems.

Mole repellent

If taking away the moles' food source by killing off the grubs won't work, what about getting rid of the moles themselves?

Moles seem to have an aversion to certain substances. Many homeowners swear by castor oil. Others have attempted to use sound generators to emit a frequency that is unpleasant to the underground dwellers.

But these methods only send moles away temporarily. Studies at the University of California-Davis indicate that no repellent types have proven successful either in stopping mole damage or driving moles out of an area.

Sending moles next door wouldn't be the neighborly thing to do anyway.

Mole poison

If moles won't go willingly, then employing lethal means seems to be the only strategy left.

Calcium carbide can be sprinkled in a burrow and combined with water to create a smoke bomb. Others have pursued a similar strategy using carbon monoxide, often directly from the tailpipe of a car. Unfortunately, soil cannot provide an airtight seal, the only thing that would make this strategy effective against moles.

Others swear by chewing gum, which disrupts mole digestion when consumed. The effectiveness of gel-based mole baits has been inconsistent, at best.

Mole traps

Simply put, no method is more effective at getting ride of moles than trapping. And the Easy Mole Trap is the most effective mole trap on the market.

It traps moles underground using a jaws-scissors design, and is made with heavy duty stainless steel springs. For best results, place the Easy Mole Trap along straight, active runways. Because the trap is placed underground, it's safe for pets and children.

According to Purdue University, spring is an ideal time to set mole traps. In May, moles are in the topsoil foraging for food and have not yet produced a litter of offspring. It's the perfect time to strike.