We have moles in our yard: how do we get rid of them?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Dennis: Moles can be a nuisance in the garden and in our lawns. We rarely see moles because they live their entire lives underground. They create a network of tunnels that are both shallow and deep, depending on the moisture and temperature of the soil. These solitary animals travel in constant search of food. They feed on earthworms, insects, and grubs. Trapping them is the best way to eliminate them from your property. The good news is that if the culprits you are dealing with truly are moles, they are not going to be abundant in numbers. Usually there are only three to five per acre. Set your traps only where you know the tunnels are currently being used. To find out where the active tunnels are, walk on the raised surface and watch for the next 24 hours for it to be disturbed. Traps are much easier to use on surface tunnels/burrows, and this time of year they are living closer to the surface so trapping them now will help keep population numbers down. For more specific information on trapping moles here in Kentucky, visit www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/for/for42/for42.htm