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Old 09-16-2019, 11:51 AM
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I can't believe how much lawn a mole can tear up in a night. Burrows everywhere. I find that traps don't work nearly as well as a good pitchfork and patience. Stomp the runs down, get a chair and a beer and sit quietly with your favorite fork (mine happens to have belonged to my gramps and is worn down to about 5"). Wish I had a good dog that liked to kill moles. PS- posted here because of the blood.
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That is the way all moles should look!!!
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:16 PM
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Nice, did it put up much of a fight?

I'm getting moles n voles in my PB baited rat traps next to chippy entrances under my ground level deck in the backyard now. I'll poison just before the first snow that stays on the ground all around the perimeter fence line thats wooded on 3 sides and that keeps the lawn from getting destroyed. Lotta folks don't know but the Upper MI Yooper snow insulates the ground from freezing, or staying frozen, during the winters here hence the moles will burrow tunnels in the grass sod pushing the ground up wherever they go all winter long while searching for food. It doesn't take many moles to mess up every square foot of a 1/3 of a football size lawn in 5 mo. of roaming.
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A 12 gauge works well ! The only problem is the hole is bigger, but you got him.

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I suppose that pitchforks and poison would work but they wouldn't be half as much fun as a Rodenator:

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Old 09-16-2019, 05:35 PM
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Nice, did it put up much of a fight?

I'm getting moles n voles in my PB baited rat traps next to chippy entrances under my ground level deck in the backyard now. I'll poison just before the first snow that stays on the ground all around the perimeter fence line thats wooded on 3 sides and that keeps the lawn from getting destroyed. Lotta folks don't know but the Upper MI Yooper snow insulates the ground from freezing, or staying frozen, during the winters here hence the moles will burrow tunnels in the grass sod pushing the ground up wherever they go all winter long while searching for food. It doesn't take many moles to mess up every square foot of a 1/3 of a football size lawn in 5 mo. of roaming.
That's good to know. Thanks.

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A 12 gauge works well ! The only problem is the hole is bigger, but you got him.
LOL Yeah, I bet that would summon the police.

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I suppose that pitchforks and poison would work but they wouldn't be half as much fun as a Rodenator:

I need one of those!
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I tried the fork method, but don't get lucky to have a fork when a working mole is spotted. Best for me is to trap them using a Victor brand mole trap. Other brands just don't seem to work as good.
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I can't believe how much lawn a mole can tear up in a night. Burrows everywhere. I find that traps don't work nearly as well as a good pitchfork and patience. Stomp the runs down, get a chair and a beer and sit quietly with your favorite fork (mine happens to have belonged to my gramps and is worn down to about 5"). Wish I had a good dog that liked to kill moles. PS- posted here because of the blood.
Looks like a texas heart shot.
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I tried the fork method, but don't get lucky to have a fork when a working mole is spotted. Best for me is to trap them using a Victor brand mole trap. Other brands just don't seem to work as good.
Is this the scissor trap? Or the one with the spikes that jab down into the ground?
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That may be, but is it $1600 fun?

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My impression is that it is geared more towards a professional exterminator or farmer/rancher who will get a lot of use out of it to balance out the purchase price.

For the Watch This/Hold My Beer crowd it doesn't seem like it would be all that difficult to MacGyver up a homemade version, all it does is fill the tunnel with a combustible gas mixture and ignite it.
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My impression is that it is geared more towards a professional exterminator or farmer/rancher who will get a lot of use out of it to balance out the purchase price.



For the Watch This/Hold My Beer crowd it doesn't seem like it would be all that difficult to MacGyver up a homemade version, all it does is fill the tunnel with a combustible gas mixture and ignite it.
Something like this?
https://www.harborfreight.com/portab...nks-65818.html

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Old 09-18-2019, 10:06 AM
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Is this the scissor trap? Or the one with the spikes that jab down into the ground?
It is the scissor style. Got mine for around $10-$12 several years ago. Have one of the spike traps that never seemed to get them as reliably as the scissor style from Victor. The Victor trap comes with cocking levers which are needed due to the strength of the coil spring.
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A 12 gauge works well ! The only problem is the hole is bigger, but you got him.
I find 00 Buck to particularly effective.
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