- How can I be sure that trapping is the best way to get rid of moles?
- You should seek out the opinions of experts who have nothing to sell you. We encourage you to go to a university website and type “mole control” in their search engine. Some good examples are:
The experts will all tell you the same thing – trapping is the only method that works.
- Why do other mole control methods not work?
Ultrasonic and Vibration Devices
Ultrasonic devices are designed to create a shrill high-pitched sound that is supposed to mimic the sound of another mole. Ultrasonic mole control products assume that since moles are very territorial, they will think there is another mole occupying the territory and move on. Vibration devices supposedly annoy the mole by constantly vibrating the ground.
We have many customers who call us and tell us they have tried these devices to get rid of moles and are now turning to our product. What these customers have realized is that moles adapt to their environment like any other creature. They may be temporarily deterred from going into an area with an ultrasonic or vibration device, but they will always attempt to expand their own territory. When they meet no physical opposition, they will go right into the area that is supposedly protected by the device. It is actually quite common for moles to simply uproot these devices and push them out of the ground!
These measures call for spraying the ground affected by moles with a repellent such as castor oil or other variations. The grubs and worms in the treated area (which are the mole’s primary food source) will then taste bad to the mole and it will move away.
This method is somewhat more effective than the electronic products we discussed, but it requires frequent reapplication. If you live in a dry area, then you can expect to reapply this treatment at least 4 times per year to be effective. If you live in a rainy area, you will have to apply this treatment about once per month. If you choose this method, be prepared to pay a lot of money and spend a lot of time.
Similar to repellents, mole poison seeps into the ground and taints the mole’s food supply. One would have to first obtain the mole poison (which in most places can only be purchased if you are professionally certified), and then apply it heavily enough that the mole will ingest the mole poison through the worms it eats. This method is definitely not advisable if you have pets, children, or anything living on or around the area affected by moles.
Chewing gum The idea here is the mole will ingest the gum and choke to death as a result. Not only have we never seen proof this method works, but one must have serious doubts as to whether a carnivorous animal will be prone to eating gum. Not one of the more plausible methods.
These do, on occasion, provide temporary relief from moles (by temporary, we mean 3 - 5 days at the most). Many of our customers had tried this method before using our product but became tired of constantly lighting smoke bombs whenever they see a mole tunnel. This is an ongoing "bandage" solution.
Logically, if we take away the moles' food, we will, in time take away the moles' reason for being there. Compared to the other approaches, this is the most plausible method of mole control without traps. Pesticides can work, but there are some serious drawbacks. The first drawback is that pesticides are expensive since the area affected by moles would have to be treated at least 4 times per year to be an effective form of mole removal. Secondly, these chemicals can be harmful to birds, children, and pets. Finally, these insecticides can eliminate all terrestrial agents, including worms, which are important for soil aeration and fertility. An interesting phenomenon that our customers have mentioned is that upon spraying their lawn with pesticides, the mole activity increased exponentially. When moles have an established tunnel system, they are quite reluctant to leave. Upon finding very few worms and grubs, often they will just look harder for food in their current territory.
Putting a hose down the tunnel
Many people think they can drown the mole or at least force it to the surface. Most mole tunnel systems are extensive enough to provide the mole with any number of escape routes. We have heard of a few lucky people who have flushed out moles using this method. In order to be successful, the mole has to be within a few feet of you, must be in non-absorbing soil (clay-based), and must have only one route of escape (which you will be aware of and have an implement of death such as a shovel ready and waiting). If you do succeed, go out and buy a lottery ticket, because you just can't lose!
Running car exhaust down a tunnel
As above, most tunnel systems will provide the mole several avenues of escape, rendering this an ineffective form of mole control.
Using a shovel or pitchfork
We’ve run into some customers who have been fortunate to get the mole using this method. For this to be successful, you’ll need a lot of time on your hands while waiting for the mole to appear. Then, you must be lightening quick as you uproot the mole. This is a very slow and difficult approach with scattered results.
The idea is that the moles detest the smell of mothballs and will move away because of it. See the discussion on smoke bombs.
- Why should I purchase traps from Mole Pro and not somebody else?
- We encourage you to check out our competition. A good way to see the other products on the market is by using a search engine and typing in “mole”, “mole control”, “mole traps” etc. If they are selling anything but traps, you can dismiss them quickly (see the discussion above for reasons why). For the remaining sites, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Do these businesses know anything about the traps they sell?
Will I know how to use this trap once I receive it?
- Contact their customer service departments and test their knowledge. You will probably not talk to an expert in mole control. You will, however, talk to somebody who knows they can make money selling mole traps and that’s about it. Then contact Mole Pro™. Ask us anything you want to know about moles or trapping. You’ll see the difference.
These websites will sell mole traps that come with instructions on a sheet of paper. Mole trapping is not rocket science, but you need more than a sheet of paper if you want to trap moles effectively. And, when it comes to the investment you have made in your lawn and garden, do you really want to rely on “hit-and-miss” results?
Mole Pro™ recognizes the importance of knowing how to properly prepare a mole trap and where to put it. To see for yourself, visit our Mole Pro Instructional Video™ page. We include this valuable tool with all Mole Pro Trapping Systems™.
- Would you know the difference between a good tunnel and a dud?
- Would you know how to open the tunnel properly?
- Would you know how to correctly place the trap in the tunnel?
- Would you know what to do if the trap has not caught a mole after a few days?
What if I have difficulty trapping the mole and/or need support? Will anybody who knows anything about moles be able to help me?
- Again, contact our competitors’ Customer Service. Ask them this question. You can guess what kind of answer you’ll get. Most of the companies selling mole traps on the Internet are general pest control companies or lawn & garden retailers with hundreds of items for sale. As such, most do not have any “hands-on” experience in using each of their products. Mole Pro™ was created for only one purpose – to help you get rid of your moles. We are experts in this field and pride ourselves on our professional experience and mole trapping knowledge.
- Having started out in the service industry as professional mole trappers, Mole Pro™ understands the importance of supporting our customers after they have decided to invest in our product. That is why we offer Personal Trapping Support for our customers. If you have a problem or question relating to moles or to your specific mole trapping requirements, no problem! You'll get a prompt and professional response to help you solve your specific mole control situation.
- If I buy the Mole Pro Trapping System, how long before I get rid of the moles?
- The answer to this question depends on several variables. Many customers report capturing the mole on the day they received their Mole Pro Trapping System™. However, this is not everybody’s experience. The process will take longer if the traps are not being set correctly, the mole is inactive, or an incorrect tunnel is being used. Having trapped moles with these traps since 1990, we usually expect to catch the mole within 3-5 days.
- Even if I catch the mole what is to stop others from moving in?
- Nothing. If you’ve had moles once, there is a chance you will get them again. The bottom line is that there is no “One-Time Fix” for moles, no matter what method you choose. In our experience as professional mole trappers, it was common to see the same customer once, twice, or sometimes three times in a year. The only alternative is to let the moles run their course and spend several hours per week repairing the damage. This is a heavy price to pay considering that it takes only 5 minutes to open up a tunnel and set the trap correctly.
- How long will it take to set the traps?
- Setting the traps only takes about 2 minutes. Before rushing out and setting the traps, however, we recommend viewing the Mole Pro Instructional Video™ at least twice. Then, you’ll use your new understanding to locate an appropriate mole tunnel. This usually takes around 10 minutes. A generous estimate is about one hour to watch the video twice, locate ideal trapping locations, and set the traps.
- Can I re-use the traps? How long will they last?
- Use the traps as many times as you like. The Mole Pro Traps are exceptionally durable. For normal use, they should never wear out. Our professional trapping business still uses some of the original traps we purchased in the early 1990’s! You should also know the Mole Pro Traps are covered with a 1-year warranty.
- Will I have to dig up a large portion of the lawn for me to set these traps?
- The typical excavation that is required to set the Mole Pro Trap is roughly the size of a man’s fist. Certain sets may require a slightly larger excavation.
- Why can’t you sell a trap that does not harm the mole? Aren’t there any other options?
- We investigated this option for several months. We searched all over North America and England for live mole traps. We tested and tried to rework these traps but could not find one that would work with the same level of effectiveness as the Mole Pro Trap. In addition, moles have an extremely fast metabolism which means they need to eat frequently and can run low on oxygen relatively quickly. A live mole trap would require the trapper to constantly check the traps to prevent the mole from suffocating or starving to death.
- I have pets and children; will these traps put them in danger?
- These traps are completely safe if they are handled properly. The jaws of the trap, when set, are below the surface of the soil, so all that is exposed are the handles of the trap. If you desire additional security, a good option is to place a bucket with a heavy rock over the trap. Proper safety and handling of these traps is discussed on the Mole Pro Instructional Video™.
- Why do I need the Mole Pro Instructional Video™?
- Trapping moles is a lot like fishing. It is possible to catch a mole without first seeing the instructional video, just as it is possible to catch a fish by putting a worm on the hook and hoping for the best. But if you know what kind of water fish like, what type of bait to which they are attracted, and where exactly to cast your line, you will have much more consistent results.
The Mole Pro Instructional Video™ will give you the benefit of 15 years of professional mole trapping experience in just 13 minutes. It communicates this experience with simple language and easy-to-understand principles.
- What if my mole problem is not exactly as shown in the instructional video?
- Most moles (80 – 85%) tend to follow the same predictable pattern regardless of geographic location (if you have several volcano-like mounds of dirt, and/or “surface tunneling” (i.e. entire tunnel is very shallow and you can see it “broken upward” on the surface), you have a common mole problem). The rest, however, can follow more unpredictable patterns and require a slightly different trapping approach.
Mole problems that do not fit this description may require different methods of locating good tunnels.
- I already know how to trap moles; will the instructional video be of any use to me?
- Your knowledge of trapping moles may be an asset when using the Mole Pro Traps. You would still greatly benefit from the instructional video since it is designed specifically for use with the Mole Pro Traps. Consequently, you will learn techniques that will make the traps function at their highest level of effectiveness.
- Will the video overwhelm me with overly complex procedures?
- The instructional video is centered around simplicity. As mentioned, trapping moles is not a difficult procedure and we don’t try to make it into one. Our focus in the video is to ensure that you understand the basic principles of trapping moles. Most moles (80 - 85%) will be easily caught by carefully applying only the basic principles.