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What's a good way to get rid of moles under a lawn?

Asked by gondwanalon (16282points) July 4th, 2010

Moles are hard at work tearing up my lawn. Smoke bombs had a good effect for a couple of years until last year when smoke bombs had no effect. The only thing that stopped the moles last year was a Northwestern Garter snake that put down one mole holes. I haven’t been able to capture any garter snakes this year yet so here I sit watching my yard being destroyed by the little rodents. I’m thinking about dropping a fire cracker down a mole hole and quickly covering it with the bottom of a trash can hoping that the concussion will either kill or chase the moles away from my yard. Do you have any good ideas?

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Chrissi85's avatar

hand to hand combat

Chrissi85's avatar

or… if you don’t want to get your ass kicked by small furry creatures, I read somewhere that vibrations can chase them away… Not exactly sure what you do though

UScitizen's avatar

Before you start with explosives, watch Caddyshack.

YARNLADY's avatar

You can purchase garter snakes, if you can’t capture any.

jazmina88's avatar

dried fox urine….....they sell it….

blueknight73's avatar

i used to watch were they were digging, and i would blast that spot with a 12 gauge shotgun, killed dozens like this/ of course, i lived out in the country

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

What about pumping car or truck exhaust into the hole(s)?

Nullo's avatar

A Chem professor from long ago told us about calcium carbide, and how it used to be used in mole removal. Toss a few pellets down the hole, hose it down, and light it up.
Calcium carbide will, upon exposure to water, emit hydrogen gas.

josie's avatar

One of those fabulous spring traps that impales them. Why pollute the green earth with smoke and chemicals?

Otto_King's avatar

You have to put empty beer bottles in to the holes, one each in normal standing position, without the cap on it. As the wind blows, the bottles gonna make a weird sound, which you can’t hear but the mole can. And they can’t take that frequency, so they move on.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Drawn them with lots of water. They won’t die but they will get out of their hole.

mammal's avatar

laser surgery.

Nullo's avatar

@josie Where do you think that chemicals come from?
@mammal Laser surgery is unnecessarily expensive; a standard scalpel-and-stitches will do.

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