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Moles can be a hugely frustrating animal to have in your garden or yard, and the damage they can do to a well manicured lawn can be amazingly frustrating for the gardener. The problem with moles is that you will very rarely actually see the animals, and the only way to tell you have a mole in the garden is when the tell tale signs of molehills and tunnels causing damage to the garden. For people who have spent many hours and days tending their garden, the destruction from a mole can be hugely frustrating, and it will often drive some people to try and kill the mole.
Trying to use poison to kill a mole is an entirely fruitless effort, as moles do not eat anything that isn't alive, and will generally only eat earthworms and other insects that are to be found under the ground. Even burying poison into a mole tunnel isn't effective as the moles will simply ignore the poison, and it is possible for this poison to be picked up by something entirely unintended.
Lethal Trapping Of Moles
One of the most common solutions to try and deal with a mole problem is by the use of lethal traps, and these will usually be one of two types of traps, the scissor trap and the tunnel trap. The difficulty with using a lethal trap is that it has to be positioned particularly carefully, and finding a suitable active mole tunnel in which to place the trap is an acquired art. This is why the majority of people will have to turn to a mole removal expert in order to get rid of the moles because they are such a pest and because it is a real challenge to kill them.
Alternative Methods Of Killing Moles
There are a number of different methods that have been suggested to try and kill moles, and these will usually have varying degrees of success. One method that has been successfully used in some mole tunnels is the use of gas, but this is prohibitively expensive and also doesn't guarantee that you will actually kill the mole in the end. Another approach that is often suggested is using a pitchfork or shovel to try and collapse the mole tunnels, but unless you get lucky and actually catch the mole itself, the mole will usually just dig new tunnels.
Alternatives To Killing The Mole
There are many different solutions to mole problems that are more permanent and kinder to the animals than actually killing them, and these will often help to solve the issue for future moles too. One such solution is to dig a mole pit around your garden that will prevent the moles from getting in. This can be achieved by burying your fence in a pit that is some eighteen inches deep that is then filled with gravel, and the moles can't actually dig through this. A similar effect can be achieved by burying a wire mesh fence under the soil that will prevent the mole from finding its way through.
There are a number of other solutions that are also suggested that will help to repel moles, and these tend to be hit and miss, and their success will depend on the mole and the garden. One such product that is on the market is a spike that can be placed into the soil in your garden that will emit a high frequency noise that is said to be unbearable to the mole. There is also the option of using a live trap, but this should only be used by a specialist as it is very difficult to place the trap in a mole tunnel without disturbing the tunnel itself.
More in-detail how-to mole removal articles:
Information about mole trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a mole - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a mole - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about mole repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.
Read more about About Moles: Biology, life cycle, diet here.
Information about What is a mole hill.
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