Moles!

Asked March 15, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT

Please tell me how I can get rid of moles that are tearing up my yard! We have tried traps, to no avail. I am considering using the poison fake earthworms, though I hate to kill the critters. Is there anything that would keep them away? Thank you!

Multnomah County Oregon vertebrate pest management moles

1 Response

Thank you for contacting eXtension.

I am assuming you are confident the damage is being done by moles and not gophers or voles. If you are not positive here is some information on how to tell what critter is causing the problem: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/2015/04/moles-voles-and-gophers-dig-garden

Assuming they are moles lets move on to trapping. I am not sure, based on your answer, what types of traps you are using. You say you hate to kill the critters. If you are using live traps you will need to switch to scissor-jaw traps. Here is a publication on using both traps and baits: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/18890/ec987.pdf If you decide to use poison baits, read and following the directions carefully. If you use the fake worms be careful that children do not get into them. They look like tasty gummy worms.

If all of this seems a little daunting, there are many companies that specialize in eliminating moles.