How to get rid of a Pesky Mole

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC

Over the years I have been set upon many a time in yards of various homes of mine by the ubiquitous pesky mole.  Over the years from childhood to adulthood I have tried almost all the methods, techniques and wives tales to rid myself of a mole.

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There are so many fables about what to do to rid yourself of them it really is laughable when you realize the simple secret.  I have tried drowning them, trapping them, crushing them, and smoking them out.  The only method that was relatively successful was the ancient mole trap that was passed down to me from my grandmother via my father and dates back to either the 1920's or 1930's.  I caught a few of the little buggers with that baby but this year I finally met my match.

We moved into a home on a 1/4 acre lot beside a beautiful hay field 2 years ago.  I promptly brought in nice soil and finished the yard with some turf.  Within 6 months I had my first mole, which I caught.  Not long after I started seeing more holes.  I caught another one, it seems moles are a solitary creature and only pair up for mating so another mole had moved in the network of tunnels. 

The third time wasn't the charm, this latest mole has been a real challenge for me.  He seems to be able to set off my trap with ease and not get caught.  His extensive network of tunnels virtually underscores my entire back yard area.  We had a party 2 weeks back with 30 people walking around the yard, apparently crushing his tunnels as the following morning I awoke to 6 new holes, followed by 5 more the next day.

Not long after I viewed an excellent documentary on Discovery Channel about the amazing mole and then I came to realize, "Enough is enough!  This creature has got to go" I researched and found Bert the Moleman & Archie The Mole Guy.  TM Mole Control Company services Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, their inexpensive service is guaranteed and reliable.Bert the Moleman TM Mole Control Company

On the day of my first appointment Archie showed up with a huge container of traps, he dug up three of the freshest holes, one on either end of the tunnel system and one in the middle area.  In each hole he carefully dug up the area around the hole and probed for many branches and offshoots each hole had leaving from it.  I thought there were only one maybe two tunnels per hole but Archie showed me there can be much more than than.  Some go down and some go off in all directions like some crazy old European City intersection.  He placed a very tiny trap in each tunnel branch and then carefully covered the entire area with soil, then marked the spot with a small flag.

Archie will come back every week on the same day until he gets the little bugger, he claims that he usually gets them by the second visit but many times on the first.  Rarely does he need to come more then 3 times.  If after a period of dormancy another little pest moves in and you see fresh activity he will come back at no extra charge for 1 year!  My 1 year contract for my 1/4 acre lot was $225.00, standard residential lots are much less.  I think this is money well spent, he has as many traps as he needs and is practiced at it  and I don't go crazy like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack!

(Yeah, I know it was a gopher! Funny stuff)

Bill Murray - Caddy Shack

If you still want to go out and by a handful of traps and learn on the job while wrecking your lawn Bert's Web Site has do it yourself advice and information on how to buy the traps that they use and manufacture.

Contact TM Mole Control in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley of British Columbia at

 604-820-7756

Bert the Moleman & Archie The Mole Guy

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C Tann-Starr
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Oh my goodness... I had no idea there could be so tricky to get rid of. No wonder they refer to a spy as a mole (LOL). ;-)

Jul 25, 2009 04:39 AM #1
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Scott - strangely enough, when I lived in Oregon, my neighors all had moles but never had any in my yard. the only difference was that I had a dog. But I have one here in Georgia, and it is driving me crazy.

Jul 25, 2009 08:29 AM #2
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CTann:  LOL

Mike:  Cats are also especially good at taking care of these creatures as well.  A neighbour cat has added a couple of moles to his usual repertoire of Snakes, Birds and Field mice.  Of course im talking about a classic 'Mouser' and not the 20lb Housecat.

Jul 25, 2009 09:57 AM #3
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Scott,

I had the same problem in Abbotsford. I got them using a spring-loaded traps. You gave me an idea for a great post though.

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I live with Gary's Mom.  She used to have mole problems.  Now the only problem is that I can't find any more to play with.

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Terry:  Like I said I caught a couple of them, but another seems to move in right away and I coudlnt keep up.  The network of tunnels was so extensive it was unlikely I was going to catch him before a lot more damage.

Gary:  Darn, I am allergic to Cats but I have seen a neighbourhood Cat tormenting a mole, wasnt my mole though :(

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