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what time of day or moles active?

Posted by creamgogo iowa (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 15, 06 at 15:21

i see where people say they stab moles when they see the ground moving. i'm curious as to what time of day you're seeing activity. i have yet to catch one this way. or, maybe, is it weather conditions? lmk, please.

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RE: what time of day or moles active?

They are pretty much active when it suits them. Certainly not entirely nocturnal as common mythology about them holds. I WILL tell you for certain that they are most active when there is less human activity around. The 'mole catchers' on the golf courses in the South lay in wait, quietly, as the sun comes up. They can get several in a morning, with a pitchfork.

A quite rainy day would be another ideal time to lay in wait. Pull up a lawn chair and be patient. ;-)

RE: what time of day or moles active?

I usually kill about a dozen moles a year. When I see a new run in my lawn I push the tunnel down. In the morning before going to work I would take a look to see if the tunnel is pushed back up. If it is, I will sit there and see if the end of the tunnel is moving. If not, I push it back down. Sometimes I will check during lunch time and before and after dinner. I have caught moles at all of these times. I use a broken shovel handle. If I see movement I push the handle in the ground and pull up quickly slinging the mole in the air and once its on the ground I just step on it. You can also use a water hose and just start filling the tunnel with water. They will pop right out if they are in there. I occassionally will catch a vol with water.

RE: what time of day or moles active?

I too see them active during they day and night. I've had great success catching them while working in the garden all times of the day. One method I sometimes use when I don't want to sit and wait for them is to cut a palm branch, any stick small in diameter but about 3-4 feet long will do, and stick it straight down into the end of the mole tunnel if you can find it. He WILL be back. When the mole passes by the stick I can see the stick moving from pretty much anywhere in the garden. I then quietly walk over to the end of the tunnel and wait with two shovels until he starts digging again which usually isn't long. When he does start digging, jam one shovel about 6 inches behind him first to block his easy retreat, then the other in front to block his advance. Using the shovel behind him just dig the little critter up with the lump of dirt and dump it into a box and take him to the woods and release him. I've cleared my yard several times with this method but eventually I always have a new one move in. I must have some tatsty grubs in my yard. I've never used the terminal method. I just don't see the need even though they DO often cause me alotta work, especially having to re-do a sinking paver walkway. I may be forced to put a layer of concrete under it to foil the little suckers. Just one humane method among many, I'm sure.

reply to Q 'what time of day ARE moles active

I was greatly amused and impressed by the ingenuity of 2 responses. Thinking like a mole appears to go a long way towards catching one...or two or three.
I was hoping to put the useless cat to work, but so far all training has worked in reverse. Tom

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