Speechless Sunday - Here's One Way to Get Rid of Moles in Your Oklahoma Yard

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Real Estate Agent with McGraw Realtors

TeddyBear Digging for Moles in Owasso OklahomaHere in Owasso Oklahoma, we seem to have a mole problem.  As you drive down the highways and around town, you can see their brown dirt heaps from where they've been tunneling through the ground.

Moles, like groundhogs and other burrowing creatures are very dangerous if you own cattle or horses.  Large animals can step into their holes or tunnels and easily break a leg.  If you live in the city, they're a nuisance because they mess up your yard.

I understand that there are lots of ways to get rid of moles, including something called Poison Peanuts that you can purchase at the Home and Garden store.  Our neighbor used to hook up a hose to the exhaust on his lawnmower.  He would then start the mower, put the hose down into a tunnel and let the thing run for hours and hours hoping to kill the critters with the exhaust fumes.

Our Beagle was out digging for moles one day while the neighbor was doing his lawnmower smoke out thing (as we called it).  She got a little too close to one of our tunnels that was connected to one of his tunnels and got a pretty hefty whif of lawnmower exhaust smoke up her nose.  She came staggering back like she was drunk.  The lesson?  Mole tunnels have no respect for fence lines and lawnmower exhaust can be lethal!

We prefer to go after our moles in a more natural way.  We let the dogs handle the problem!  That's what TeddyBear is doing in this picture.  Somewhere down there is a mole and she's hot on the scent.  Give her and the other dogs enough time and they'll find the little beast!

So, if you're moving to the Owasso Oklahoma area and you see odd little piles of dirt in your yard, don't be alarmed.  It's just moles tunneling on their way to a delicious meal of grubs.

Next spring I'll go buy some dirt again and fill in all the holes the dogs and moles make over the winter in our ongoing dog/mole battle!

Originally Posted at: My Owasso Home

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Bob Willis
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I had lots of moles in my former home in Troutdale, Oregon.  After living there about 6 months, I got a puppy labrador retriever.  Six months later, there were no more moles.  The yard remained mole-free for the next 6 years, until I moved.  I never saw my dog catch or chase any moles, but I suspect that she did when I wasn't looking.

November 28, 2010 11:06 AM #1
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Marilyn Boudreaux
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This reminds me of when my parents lived in Coweta, OK.  My dad hated those darn moles and we had a little Fox Terrier who would sniff them out like Teddy Bear above.  My dad would find the hole put the water hose in one end our our little dog would go to the other end!  I had not thought about that in years!

November 28, 2010 11:19 AM #2
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Paula McDonald
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I have a tiny weiner dog who loves to chase moles.  Not sure he would know what to do with one if he caught it.

November 28, 2010 11:45 AM #3
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Margaret Goss
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Our lawn problem is grubs - little bugs that, unfortunately, my dogs have no interest in!

November 28, 2010 11:52 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Bob - Here in California we have a problem with moles too.  They cause humps across the pavement on neighborhood roads, which slows traffic.  The public works department usually marks them and puts a sign near the pavement labeling them Speed Bumps.  The difference between Oklahoma and California, is your's are caused natually, and don't cost taxpayers.  Here in California, they actually plan them at the Public Works Department, send men out to create them on our streets, and place signs.  This costs a great deal of expense, and a broken axel periodically:-)

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Barbara Hensley
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Bob, this is very informative.   Thanks and have a wonderful week.

November 29, 2010 02:30 PM #6
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Bob,

What breed is TeaddyBear?

I guess all I can say is "Good Puppers"!

-Brent

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