How to Use a Mole Trap


A common varmint problem for homeowners is lawn moles. You'll notice rows or designs of raised patches of lawn when a mole is present. Moles like to dig tunnels under the ground to use as roads. Sporadically about the lawn there will be raised mounds and small holes. One of the most common types of mole traps is a scissor trap. It's effective and simple to use.

Step 1

Purchase one scissor mole trap, if there is only a small area of the lawn damaged. Purchase two or three traps if there are multiple tunnels and a large area being tunneled.

Step 2

Break-in the scissor mole trap for three days prior to use. Set the trap outdoors with dirt, grass clippings and sticks around it. Let it sit outside for 72 hours. This will remove all human scents from the trap.

Step 3

Walk around the lawn. Locate where two or more tunnels connect together. There is often a small, raised mound of dirt or hole present at the intersection of mole tunnels. Dig out the mound or small hole with a small shovel or gardening spade.

Step 4

Put on gardening gloves. Pick up the scissor mole trap. Squeeze the top handles together tightly with one hand. Place the trip plate in a horizontal position between the rounded sections of the claws on the trap. This will set the scissor mole trap for use.

Step 5

Place the set scissor mole trap into the hole you dug previously. Bury all but the handles of the trap.

Step 6

Check the scissor mole trap daily and properly dispose of the mole. Reset traps that have sprung but have no mole captured.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid touching the scissor mole trap with your hands and getting your scent on it.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Small shovel or gardening spade
  • 2 or more scissor mole traps


  • Wildlife Damage Control

Who Can Help

  • Scissor Mole Traps
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About this Author

Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.