How to Make Mole Traps


Moles are small, blind underground pests that dig tunnels in the earth. Moles dig tunnels to gain access to food such as insects, grubs and worms. Moles can dig tunnels at a rate of 15 feet an hour. These pests can damage a lawn. There are several ways to get rid of lawn moles including poisons, repellants and traps. Humane traps are simple to build and keep these benign and usually beneficial creatures safe from harm.

Step 1

Step down several mole holes in your yard in the evening. Check the holes in the morning to see which have been rebuilt. These are active holes that can be trapped.

Step 2

Take a piece of candy and tie a piece of string around it. Lifesavers or gum are suitable. Tape the piece of string to the inside of the bottle.

Step 3

Dig a hole in your yard near one of the active holes. Remember to wear gloves. Make the hole as close to the middle of an active tunnel as possible. Dig the hole down so that the jar can fit into the tunnel bottom so that when the mole runs along the tunnel, it will fall in if he grabs at the candy. Rub dirt around the outside of the jar to remove your scent. Put the jar into the hole making sure the top of the jar is level to the top of the hole.

Step 4

Cover the hole with a wooden board and leave the trap overnight. Check the trap in the morning to see if a mole has fallen in. If there is a mole you can release it in another yard or in the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar
  • Water
  • Round Candy
  • String
  • Tape
  • Gloves
  • Shovel


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