challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by Anianna » Fri May 16, 2014 6:08 am

scurvy wrote:
Anianna wrote:Perhaps it is time for raised beds and container gardens. :/
they're working well, especially with the screening i buried 18" down.

potatoes, corn, tomatoes, peppers, kholrabi, eggplant, aritchoke, lettuce, radish, carrot, and lemon cukes are fine.

I don't know how much it would set me back to screen the whole garden. I've thought about it, the small chickenwire I use in my boxes lasts about two years before it rusts out.
Use hardware cloth. Mine has been mistreated something fierce and shows no sign of rust or other corrosion after several years.
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by Langenator » Fri May 16, 2014 3:17 pm

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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by Bridgebreaker » Tue May 27, 2014 5:16 pm

Moles were a real problem when I lived in the puget sound, tried everything poison traps etc. only thing I found that worked was those vibrating stakes that drive them away and even then they have to be less then ten feet apart.

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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by grennels » Tue May 27, 2014 7:54 pm

You can flatten out a bunch of runs and then sit in a lawn chair with a 12 ga. in your lap. When you see tunneling movement, BOOM.
Shot 'em, now I'm gonna hang 'em, then I'm gonna burn 'em!
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by scurvy » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:47 pm

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finally, after two years I got the culprit.........

this is the one leaving 'tennis ball' sized holes in the garden...

he was given a proper burial, wish I could've relocated him.

cool little critters, if they didn't kill my plants I'd leave 'em alone.
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by scurvy » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:15 pm

three moles in a week after two years of none.....

I guess my system is working, still adjusting for different parts of the yard but, I think I have THE SOLUTION...... garden and flowerbeds are safe - for now - we'll see....
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by grennels » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:41 pm

You never have "just one".
Shot 'em, now I'm gonna hang 'em, then I'm gonna burn 'em!
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by TheLastOne » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:45 pm

I actually just read in an unrelated book using how to get rid of moles as a kind of allegory...

anyway, get rid of the mole's food source. Apparently they eat a kind of grub and there is a pesticide (which may be bad, I know) that takes care of them?
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Re: challenge: help me curb my problem tunneling moles....

Post by MaconCJ7 » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:14 pm

train your dog to hunt them. An old lab mix of mine would dig trenches in the yard hunting moles. He was quite good at catching them.

Other than that, you can use the traps. Dig out their mounds, set trap in tunnel, stake trap with a cable so it doesn't get lost. Drowning them is effective, but resource intensive. The old arsenic mole bombs are now illegal, but I'm sure a few smoke bombs that you can buy at a fireworks stand would suffice to at least get them out from under ground. At the very least, they will indicate other surface points.
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