This newly developed mole traps structure (patented at the State Patent Bureau) has already proven to be popular. Despite the large variety of mole trap designs, our device stands out among them as a leader in efficiency.
The basic premise is that two mole traps are inserted into a mole’s burrow. A single trap on either side of a burrow increases the chance of trapping the mole from either direction. The mole traps themselves are made from a galvanized material making them both durable and rust-resistant; and their simplicity is unparalleled.
The design of these patented devices allow you to be able to see that the buried mole trap has been sprung based on the spring/pin mechanism that can be seen on the top of the device. This pin which is pulled out to arm the trap becomes shorter when the trap has been sprung. Due to the construction of the system, the moles are killed instantly and are not left to suffer. Also, since these devices are constructed to run entirely on kinetic spring energy, they are environmentally friendly.
Setting up the Mole Traps
In order to ensure that professional mole traps are effective, it is important that you know how to use mole traps properly. Wearing gloves use a knife to test the ground where you suspect the moles have burrowed. Once the main tunnel has been detected, remove a 2 inch by 10 inch section of lawn above the tunnel. If the tunnels are in a garden then it only needs to be cleaned out and the trap inserted.
Insert the traps (not set) so that the lower cross section of the trap, which is impacted by the spring mechanism, is half an inch below the bottom of the tunnel so the moles don’t feel it there. Make sure there are no gaps around the sides of the trap as this could create areas for the moles to avoid the trap.
To set the trap, pull up on the spring handle and fix the spring mechanism into the lateral grooves of the trap frame. Once both traps have been set, test each trap to make sure they are sensitive enough to trip when a mole wanders into them. To do that, carefully use your finger to move the latch mechanism. If there is any resistance clean out the soil around the latch until it is freed up. Once both traps are set, cover the traps lightly with fine soil and cover the remaining gap with the cut piece of lawn.
Now that the mole traps are set, the job is done. Continue to monitor the traps for activity. After catching multiple moles with these traps, it is suggested to take the time to boil the traps with fir branches to help instill an odor of nature into the traps and lose the smell of the previous moles.
To maintain the traps lightly oil the spring and latching mechanisms after usage and cleaning.
How to Use
- Safety is essential: wear protective gloves to prevent injury from accidentally sprung mole traps.
- Use a knife or other cutting object to test the ground for moles.
- Once the main tunnel has been detected, remove a 2 by 10 inch section of lawn above the tunnel. Note: if the tunnels are in a garden, it will simply need to be cleaned before inserting the trap.
- Insert the (unset) traps so that the lower cross section of the trap, which is impacted by the spring mechanism, is half an inch below the bottom of the tunnel. Ensure that there are no gaps around the sides of the trap for the moles to avoid the trap.
- To set the trap, pull up on the spring handle and fix the spring mechanism into the lateral grooves of the trap frame.
- Once both traps have been set, test each trap to make sure they are sensitive enough to trip when a mole wanders into them. To do this, carefully use your finger to move the latch mechanism. If there is any resistance, clean out the soil around the latch until it gives way.
- Once both traps are set, cover the traps lightly with fine soil and cover the remaining gap with the cut piece of lawn.
- Monitor the traps for activity. The trap’s pin mechanism will have lowered when the trap has sprung.
If the traps produce an odor after routine cleaning, we recommend boiling them with fir branches to eliminate the odor.
To maintain your mole trap for future use, lightly oil the spring and latching mechanisms after cleaning.
Mole Trap Types
There is a wide variety of mole traps available on the internet and at local stores in your area. Most scientific studies conclude that the most effective way to control or eliminate moles is to trap them. Other methods such as poison, chemicals, noise makers, etc., only enjoy limited success and rarely eliminate the pest entirely. Traps designed for other burrowing pests may not be as effective as a trap made specifically for moles.
Moles can be taken alive by constructing a trap using a quart jar with a wide mouth or a large coffee can. You bury the container so the mouth is even with the bottom of a run (tunnel) and place a board over the hole to shut out the light. As the mole moves through the tunnel it will fall in the container where it can’t escape.
Once you have a mole in the trap you have to move it to another location and then let it go. Choose your release location carefully.
There are also many old time solutions for getting rid of moles that have little if any chance of success such as; filling their tunnel with water and drowning them. If you study the habits of the mole and other burring creatures they are well prepared for a flood and the construction of their home is above the main tunnel and trapped air prevents the water from reaching them.
Another recent alternative to traps and poisons is devices that make a noise or vibrations in the ground intended to scare the mole or drive them away. These include both electronic and mechanical devices like the small yard windmills and vibrating stakes. In my research I could find no scientific evidence that show that these devices are effective, only the marketing information on the packages and literature said they worked.
It is known that if disturbed, mole activity may cease for a short period of time then resume. This characteristic is usually the reason that some of these methods have perpetuated over the years.
Traps are considered the most successful methods of mole control. Also most professional exterminators will choose a trap rather than poisons or gas generators.
Mole traps are very specialized devices and most of them are designed to be placed in the tunnel where the mole must pass through the trap to continue on its way. The traps are spring loaded and quickly dispatch the mole when it is triggered.
Here are four of my favorite traps when dealing with moles.
Victor Out O’Site Mole Trap:
Victor not only makes mole traps but a whole line of pest control products. They have been around since 1890 and are recognized as a leader in the industry. They make several different type of mole traps.
Wire Tek Traps:
Wire-Tek Easy Set mole trap is a scissor type trap and one of the easier traps to properly set up. A big advantage is that you don’t have to dig a hole to expose the mole’s runway to set it up.
Cinch is another company that has been around since 1909 and is well established. Cinch traps are user friendly and have been helping farmers, home owners and professional mole and gopher trappers for over a century.
Nash Products. Inc.
IThe Nash Choker Loop trap is a trap that works by snaring the mole as it passes through the loop. Just make two cuts in the mole tunnel and place the trap in the slots. When the mole comes along it triggers the triggers the trap.
Traps also come with a variety of accessories depending upon the manufacturer. Mole traps tend to be tricky to set and not known for being particularly user friendly. You may want to look for a trap kit that comes complete with a video CD that shows how to set the trap and provides a little more instruction.
Since moles are insectivores any poison that is grain bases will not be very effective. There are mole poisons that supposedly mimic the moles food source such as earth worms and grubs. However, iIn most of the studies that I have been able to find suggest that while poisons may be somewhat effective, it is not nearly as effective as the trap method and may have some unintended consequences.