Talpirid Mole Bait is by far the easiest way to kill lawn moles. Believe me, as an experienced mole trapper, using a good bait is the way to go. Here are a few top reasons for using these baits.
Lawn moles can be devastating to a healthy lawn. I am sure you have seen what they do. Mole tunnels dug just under the surface, along with pushed up mounds and killed grass over the tunnels. These are not going away until the moles are dealt with. Can moles eventually go away on their own? Yes, since moles are veracious eaters, if you have a low food source, they may leave. But if you have ample amounts of earthworms, their primary food source, they are not going away fast.
Part of my business at one time included mole trapping. I have written many articles on my experience with trapping and exterminating moles. But I have also used Talpirid Mole Bait as well.
Traps Have a Huge Learning Curve
Traps are most often used by professionals to kill moles, although some use baits. There are several reason for using traps.
First, you have a dead mole to show your client. This is important to justify your charges. Customers want proof you were successful.
Second, the traps can be used again on the next clients lawn.
Third, mole trapping takes experience and the longer you use traps, the more experienced you become with them.
Fourth, few people are really experienced at using traps to make a living at it. If you have the experience you will not be out of work.
Why Use Talpirid Mole Baits
There is nothing easier. If you are interested in just ridding your lawn of moles, mole baits are effective. There is only a small learning curve when using Talpirid Mole Bait. The major learning curve is finding the right tunnel. The Talpirid worms look and feel just like soft plastic worms for fishing. You may not have a mole body to show it worked, but when the lawn mole eats the worm he is guaranteed to die.
Will other animals eat the worm? Except for voles, only moles are running the tunnels they created. Voles look like a mouse and are strictly herbivores and do not eat bugs or earthworms. Therefore, if the worm is gone, a mole ate it. These are perfect for homeowners who just want the moles to disappear.
What do moles eat?
Lawn moles have a primary food source - earthworms. They will also eat grubs and other insects, but earthworms are their primary food source. The tightly back and forth figure "S" tunnels in your lawn are the moles looking for earthworms. The Talpirid Mole Baits are easily mistaken for their natural food.
Where and How to Place the Talpirid Mole Baits
Moles build dens underground. They live in complete darkness. They rely primarily on hearing and smell. They travel from the nest to the feeding grounds via longer and often somewhat straight tunnels. Other tunnels may branch off from there. When they find food, they search that area by digging short back and forth tunnels known as feeding tunnels. Moles have excellent hearing and can hear worms moving though the soil. They may be there only a day in the feeding tunnels unless they find a lot of worms. Therefore, the longer tunnels used to go back and forth from the nest is where you want to plant the bait. You can also use the feeding tunnels if they are very fresh.
Finding an Active Tunnel
To determine if a tunnel is being used, use your foot to push down on the top of the tunnel making a dent without actually breaking to tunnel crown. You can also make a hole no more than an inch wide in the tunnel. Mark it with a landscape flag or anything that you have. The next day the indentation may be fixed by the mole pushing it back up or the hole patched. This shows an active tunnel. Plant the first worm somewhere near the repaired spot. Moles are serious about keeping their tunnels open and clear. If after a couple days with no repairs, then find a different tunnel.
Most often if you are not successful it is due to not finding the active tunnels and placing the worms in tunnels they are not using. Whether using traps or baits, finding the right tunnels are essential.
To plant the worm, make a hole in the tunnel's top with your finger or an inch wide stick. Take a worm and drop it in. Be sure to cover the hole back completely. Moles live in total darkness. They do not want any light shinning into the tunnel. Normally they will patch the hole to block out the light, but you want the worm to be found without incidence. Place a landscape flag or marker next to where you placed the worm.
Suggestion: There has been some talk about not using bare hands to handle the worms due to your scent getting on the worm and the mole avoiding it. I usually didn't wear gloves, but if you feel it will be a problem, then put on gloves. I have not personally tested it as to whether gloves help.
You can check the worm in a day or two. To do this you will have to open the hole just enough to shine a light to see if the worm is still there. If the mole ate most of it, what's left may be from a few inches to a few feet in either direction. If the worm is still there untouched, move it to another place. If it is gone, the mole eat it. I have found half eaten worms, but most are completely gone. One worm is a lethal dose.
The Talpirid Mole Bait come with a Caution Label. Read the box and follow the directions on how to handle the worms.
Worms can also melt in the heat if left in the car on hot days. Not more than 100 to 110 degrees is safe.