Moles are small fossorial mammals that have evolved to live in subterranean lifestyle. Mostly, the term is used for true moles and they belong to the Talpidae family. Moles are generally found in parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. However, the term ‘moles’ is also used for other distinct mammals that have an appearance like moles but they are completely unrelated. These animals have same body plan like moles but they live in parts of Southern Africa and Australia.
A female mole is a ‘sow’ and a male mole is called a ‘boar’. Labour is the name of a group of moles.
The status of moles in different countries is different. In some countries, it is an agricultural pest and in some other countries, it is a protected species. Then there are some other countries, where the fur of these animals is used to make the mole-fur garment. This garment was first worn by the wife of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Queen Alexandra. This started a trend of wearing mole-fur garments, which solved a huge pest problem of Scotland and started a new lucrative industry in the country.
If you do not live in Great Britain and your country has been left untouched by the mole-fur garments, then this article is for you. Why? The reason is simple; if you don’t want a garment out of these fossorial mammals then something has to be done about the serious issues they are causing. And how do you get rid of moles? By setting a mole trap! And how to set a mole trap? That is the question we will answer in the remaining article.
The modern mole-catching methods have not been proven useful, poisons, which were actually successful were banned because of the harm they cause and the other methods such as sonic devices, mothballs, holly leaves, castor oil, and garlic haven’t proven to be very much successful.
This takes us to the traditional mole-catching methods that were actually effective in getting rid of this mammal. These traditional mole-catching methods used molecatchers and people were supposed to pay them for their services. However, if you do not wish to call a molecatcher then you can very well use the devices that these molecatchers used to use.
The complicated yet advanced traditional snares have evolved from wood to sprung steel and can be used by us, common people as well.
So, now we will see how to set the different types of mole traps and effectively make your field/garden mole-free.
How to Set a Tomcat Mole Trap?
The Tomcat Mole Trap is a safe and sure method to control the moles. This is a hands-free trap that is fast and easy to set. So, let us see how to set it.
- Active Tunnels
This is the first and the most important step in order to set the trap. Setting in the main runway of the moles is the first necessity of this trap. Main runways are the tunnels that are used the most by these moles. These tunnels more often than not run along the perimeter of your yard. Among the many tunnels that might be in your yard, which one is the main runway? Simply, find a tunnel and puncture it without destroying it. Mark these holes with a flag or sticks and check the tunnel after a day or two. If you find that the puncture that you created has been repaired, then this is the main runway that is used by the moles.
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- Prepare the tunnel
Now, you will have to prepare the tunnel before attempting to set up the trap. For this, create an indentation in the center of the active tunnel. Create this indentation using your heel and make sure that the indentation is at least 1-inch in size. This indentation should fit the Depth Gauge of the trap.
Now use the trap jaws of the Tomcat Mole Trap and mark the channel on both sides of the indentation. Now use a lawn edger to cut 5-inch deep opening to insert the trap.
- Insert the trap
Now just insert the trap in the openings you have just made.
- Set the trap
Now step on the yellow foot pedal and push it until it latches and trigger post activates.
- Activate the trigger
Now, push the foot pedal so that the post flush is triggered. Ensure that the base of the trap touches the ground. The trap is now activated.
- Removing the trapped mole
Now, when you see that the foot pedal is raised that means the mole is trapped. To remove the trap, place the trap in a bucket and compress the pedal.
How to set a Victor Mole Trap
Victor mole trap is of two kinds Plunger-Style mole trap and Out O’Sight mole trap. Here, we are going to know how to set a Plunger-Style mole trap because it is easier to use.
- Active Tunnel
This step is same as the first step of Tomcat Mole Trap.
- Make a depression
Make sure that the depression you create in the main runway collapses the tunnel so that the Plunger-Style mole trap can be put to use.
- Insert the trap
Now, insert the trap in the depression you have created, and make sure that the spikes on the Plunger-Style mole trap do not block the tunnel below. The trigger pan is the metal square that is located below the trap; make sure that this pan is placed directly over the depression. Now press the trap so that the spikes on the side go into the ground.
- Pull the Plunger
Pushing the side spikes up and down will make the soil loose, making the trap efficient.
- Set the trap
If you have pulled the plunger up and down enough times, then the trap latch will snap into place. Your trap is now set.
If the mole happens to burrow through the trap, the spikes will be pulled down and trap the mole.
Now you can easily set up a mole trap and get free from the fuss created by these small mammals.