What is the best way to get rid of moles?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Sharon: Moles can be a nuisance in the garden and in our lawns. We rarely see them because they live their entire lives underground. They create a network of tunnels that are both shallow and deep, depending on food availability as well as 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. The most efficient way of getting rid of them is trapping them. First, you must find the tunnels that are currently active. To find out where the active tunnels are, walk on the raised surface so that it is no longer raised and watch for the next 24 hours for it to be disturbed. This way you will know where they are currently living and trapping will be much more successful. 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 and www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/for/for42/for42.htm.