When it comes to mole extermination you basically have two options, hire a professional or do it yourself.
Since hiring a professional is often expensive, many people choose to get rid of yard moles themselves.
Plus, moles often just appear and disappear at various points throughout the year.
Knowing how to remove them yourself can prevent multiple return visits from an exterminator.
Okay……trapping the moles yourself and saving a whole bunch of money sounds great right?
Here's the problem.
Many people try to trap moles in their yard but never have any success.
It's almost like successfully catching a mole in a trap is a myth!
Here's the good news, trapping moles is really easy if you follow a few simple guidelines.
If you do it right, there's no reason why you can't trap a mole within 48 hours.
A lot of times you can trap one within the first 6-12 hours.
The first step in successful mole removal is trap selection.
I'm a big fan of using mole traps because they work.
Since there are a lot of different opinions regarding mole poison or mole deterrents, I like to keep things simple and just use a trap.
The Victor Out O'Sight mole trap and the Talpirid mole trap are two of the best mole traps on the market.
Since they're a scissor trap, all of the dangerous trap components are underground reducing the possibly of injury.
These traps are easy to set and they work!
Start looking for mole tunnels early in the spring.
Since the grass is short the tunnels will be easy to see.
I recently set two traps in active mole tunnels in my lawn.
The snow had only been melted for about a week and the moles were already very active.
Within the first 12 hours both traps were successful.
Once you've selected a good trap to use, the next step is to find a good spot to set it.
If you have a mole or two in your yard, you'll see tunnels leading in several different directions.
The trick is to find an active main tunnel.
Think of a tunnel system kind of like a tree.
The trunk is the main tunnel and the branches are the secondary tunnels that branch off from the trunk as the mole searches for food.
The main tunnel is used more often than the smaller secondary tunnels and usually runs in a fairly straight line.
This main tunnel is where you want to set the trap.
To find an active tunnel you can step on a small section of the tunnel and check it the next day to see of the dirt is raised indicating a mole has passed through.
A lot of times you can just set the trap in the longest, straightest tunnel and you'll catch a mole.
If you don't catch a mole within 48 hours, move the trap to another location.
Removing moles from your lawn or garden with traps is the fastest way to get rid of them, but if you're not comfortable with traps, you can always use a poisonous bait.
Talpirid makes the best mole poison on the market.
The worm shaped baits resemble earthworms, a moles favorite food, and they're safe and simple to use.
To use the bait, just find an active mole tunnel and place one of the worms inside the tunnel for the mole to consume.
The bait will kill moles within 24 hours.
Many homeowners choose to use poison because it eliminates the need to set traps and deal with the mole after you trap it.
With bait, you can simply place one of the poison Talpirid worms inside the tunnel and you're done.
If you don't want to kill the mole, you can also choose to use this homemade mole trap which traps the mole alive so you can relocate it somewhere else.
If you decided that removing the moles yourself is not an option, you can choose to call a local exterminator to get rid of the moles for you.
How much can you expect to pay for mole extermination?
On average, paying someone to remove 2-3 moles from your yard will cost around $250.
The cost can vary depending on the company you choose and the area you live in, but $250 is a pretty good estimate.
Mole extermination dosen't have to be hard.
In fact, it's actually pretty easy if you follow these basic steps.
So go ahead and give it a try, I think you'll be happy with the results!