There are many different types of animals and wildlife that can cause problems or even damage within a yard or garden, but there are few that can wreak havoc in the same way that a mole can when it comes to the surface of the soil. From leaving molehills where the mole pushes the excess soil in its tunnels to the surface, to the long lines of an uneven surface where one of the mole's tunnels has collapsed, moles can be hugely frustrating to deal with. There are several approaches that people can take to deal with moles in their yard or garden, and trapping is among the most efficient and effective ways of dealing with a mole in your garden.
Can You Trap And Relocate Moles?
In theory, it should be possible to trap and relocate a mole, as they are quite adaptable to the different types of habitat, as effectively the soil is all that they will require in order to be able to feed. One problem with this is that moles are very territorial, so introducing a male mole into a new area can lead to several problems for the moles already present, and can also lead to fighting. The other problem is that the majority of traps that are available on the market are specifically designed to kill a mole, so if you do wish to relocate a mole then you may have to adapt a tunnel trap in order to be able to do so.
The Different Types Of Mole Traps
The first two types of mole traps are ones that will try to kill the mole with a sharp action when the mole triggers the mechanism. Both the spear trap and the scissor trap are pushed down into the mole's tunnel, and as their names suggest the difference is that the scissor has two blades to cut the mole, while the spear has one spike to kill the mole.
The other two types of trap are the tunnel trap and the box trap, and for these you will need to dig a hole into the mole's tunnel, and place these traps, which are either plastic or metal into the tunnel. The tunnel trap will have a noose action that tightens when triggered, while the box trap is enclosed, and can either be a lethal trap or one which can be used to relocate the mole.
Will There Be Several Moles In One Location?
This is a question which will largely depend on the time of year, as moles are generally solitary animals, but they will tend to start exploring and looking for a mate during the spring months. In some cases, the territory of a male and female or two female moles may overlap slightly, but because male moles tend to be territorial with each other, you will never find two male moles in the same territory as they will try to fight each other off from the territory.
Preventing Future Mole Problems In A Yard Or Garden
Once you have trapped and removed a mole, there are several steps that you can take to try and keep them away in future. One of these is to install a mesh around six inches beneath the surface of your lawns and flower or plant beds, and use these to stop the moles from getting close to the surface of these parts of your garden. You can also use a similar approach to installing a mesh beneath the fences at the boundary of your property, although these will need to be embedded at least 18 inches under the surface to have a significant effect on keeping moles away.
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