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.
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.
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)
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.
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