If you are being generous of the many little mud hills in your garden, thinking of how beneficial those are for maintaining the drainage of the soil and airing it, then you can’t be more wrong. There are many other methods of improving the soil’s drainage without permanently affecting the plants in the long term.
Moles are the subterranean mammals with cylindrical bodies and inconspicuous ears. Their forelimbs are very powerful and prove to be of quite a help when burrowing in the soil, however, their hind limbs are short.
The term ‘mole’ is sometimes used reversibly for the marsupial mammals of Australia and South Africa, whose body shape is similar to the true moles. However, they are completely unrelated to each other. True moles are not even found in the environment of South Africa and Australia; they are much more limited to the various parts of Asia, North America, and Europe.
Moles have been a cause of problems since ancient times. So much so that the wife of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Queen Alexandra suggested a creative method to get rid of the serious pest problem of Scotland of those times. She ordered a fur coat made up of mole fur, this increased the demand for mole-fur, and hence the problem was brought under control.
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This is how the problem was solved at that time, but we are no kings and queens and cannot order anything like that. Then as the times passed, many solutions that are more effective were presented. Some of these solutions permanently eradicated the problem by killing the pest. The poison named strychnine got rid of these pests as soon as they came in contact. However, it was equally hazardous to other animals and humans, due to this; they were banned in many countries. Moreover, if you belong to any of the countries where, moles are protected species, like Germany, then you cannot even kill them, rendering the poison useless.
This problem turned the traditional methods into the modern ones. Traditional methods were famous prior to the use of poison but lost their fame as soon as the new and modern products were introduced in the market. However, they lost their fame and not the effectiveness, which is why they are brought back to the market, albeit, in renewed form.
These methods, today, are more effective than the other modern methods such as sonic devices, holly leaves, garlic, mothballs, and castor oil. Because eventually, the moles grow accustomed to these devices and find a way to smart them. This is another reason why the modern versions of traditional methods are recommended for fighting this problem.
If you are wondering that how the modern form of traditional methods is different from the traditional methods, then, the answer is simple. The traditional methods used molecatchers to get rid of the moles. Those molecatchers were paid for this job and they could earn a profit by selling the mole furs to the merchants as well. The modern version of traditional methods, however, does not require the traditional molecatchers. These methods are easy to use and effective, even if a common person tries to use it. So, you don’t need to pay the molecatchers anymore, the job has been made simpler.
In addition, the mole traps have evolved from being simply made of wood to now them being made up of sprung steel.
So, how do these modern mole traps work? Let’s find out!
There are many effective mole traps available in the market, but we will discuss the working of the three of them: Wire Tek 1001 Mole Eliminator, Victor O’Sight Mole Trap, and Aspectek Humane Tunnel Mode Trap.
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This trap uses a pair of scissors to work and trap effectively. The scissors are activated by the mole when it comes burrowing near it. The scissors snaps shut around the body of the mole, effectively capturing it.
In the trap, the scissor mechanism is set up in parallel position and they manage to cover every possible direction where the mole might run away.
The trap is set by locating the main runway of the mole and pushing the scissor mechanism firmly in it. The base of the trap should touch the ground and scissors should be closed. Now, push the scissor mechanism down to the tunnel by pushing the setting lever. As soon as the mole will come burrowing here, the mechanism will be triggered and the scissors will be snapped shut, trapping the mole.
The Victor O’Sight Mole Trap uses a pair of tongs to capture the mole. First, you will need to put the trap together with the help of the setting tongs. The jaw-like parts on the bottom half of the trap should remain open for the mole to be captured.
A small trigger is set directly on the top of the path that the mole is required to move on. When the mole will burrow about the ground and make those famous molehills then the jaws of the trap will clamp down on the mole. This mechanism was triggered by the pressure that the molehills build upon the jaws. This will happen only if the mole will come back to repair its collapsed tunnel, so make sure to collapse the tunnel for the trap to work.
The trap is a little different from the two other traps. It has two doors that only swing inside to let the moles in, but it does not let them out, effectively trapping it as it comes burrowing around.
For this trap to work, you first need to find the main runway of the moles and find out the entry and exit of the tunnels. Place this trap in the tunnel and wait. Check regularly for the moles and change the position of the trap if you find the trap empty.
How to know whether the tunnel is the main runway of the mole?
It is easy to check whether the tunnel that you are about to use as a bait for the mole, is the main runway or not. Simply, puncture all the tunnels that are present in the garden and mark them using a flag or stick. Check the tunnels again in a day or two, if you find that the tunnels are repaired then that tunnel will be the main runway of the mole.