This occurred last spring and it only came to mind because we have a resident chipmunk that we regularly feed trail mix to.. He's a cutey.
In mowing the grass in the ditch by the roadside I noticed something moving near me. It was a mole and it was heading up the other side of the ditch toward the road.
I quickly turned the machine around and headed in his direction.
Now comes decision time.
Could I? Well, I only had to quicken my pace and.......
Ah, but should I?........
and most interesting ......would I?
About a year ago I was talking with my neighbor and I was relating how I had a mole problem....holes were showing up and ...
Just then my friend said....
"You mean like that one"....I turned and indeed there he was with his head poking out the hole not two feet from me.
I had a spade in my hand but before I could bring it up....he was gone down his hole.
I was ready to bash his head in....and I would've..
OK, now I've got this fur ball in my gunsight...my machine and all I've got to do is catch up to him.
That is when the questions came quickly in my mind....could I....would I.....should I.
That day after mowing the grass I cleaned under the deck and no hair or red had to be cleaned from the blade or housing.
But....I swear, if that begger ever comes back and I get a chance to
I will.....I swear I will......
What would you do?
I can trap 'em, but I can't kill them in cold blood. My DH can, however. Maybe not moles but other noxious ones. Too much costly destruction in the yard.....
nope, you can't do it.... your name is Loonie, not Meanie.....
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My neighbor had this method: He would watch the holes at the end of the tunnels in early morning and dusk. That's when they're active and poking their heads out. You have to be very quiet; they sense vibrations in the ground and won't come out if they sense danger. Then he'd take a spade and plunge it across the width of the tunnel behind the mole as his head popped up. Moles can't move in reverse, so he's then trapped. A quick hit in the head with a second spade and the problem's solved. It's not for the faint of heart, but it works.
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Just want to say I hate those things. I use to own a home that had over 100 hostas. They ruined many of those for me. I know they have to live, but can't they live in someone else's yard, please?
No, I can't kill them. Even tho they eat plant roots. If my dog, Buster, can find them he takes care of them for me.
My 1900s farmhouse:
There are very efficient spring loaded mole traps. They trigger by vibration, so you place them over a tunnel, and crush one side of the tunnel run and set the spring. When they try to dig through, the spring releases. If there is blood evident on the tines when you remove it...you got it, and burial is complete also.
I hate them too...they tear up a lot of my work. I would kill them if I ever saw them.
That's a great photo Pattie, Buster looks as though he's happy to help.
Life is a great big canvas...throw all the paint on it you can.
Conrad we used to use those also. Every year DH would give me a mole count!
Zone9 yep Buster is being cool altho he is really doing a happy dance!
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Love your buddy PL. My sister's buddy brought them a live snake once. She screamed, DH took care of it.
Oh gosh, I don't think I could. I get upset if I run over a squirrel.
Pesky little things aren't they? I couldn't do it. I h ate k illing anything (except mosquitoes), but I have a cat that usually takes care of any rodent problem
No, I can't kill anything but mosquitoes and house flies. However, I have 2 cats and a dog who efficiently deal with any mice that get in. The cats, being cats, have fun with them for awhile which I dislike so when I see that occurring I let the dog out of the kitchen and she is *very* fast and efficient. Instant dead mouse. Otherwise she's a cute little lap dog! LOL She *thinks* she's going to get a squirrel but they are too fast for her. However she'll sit under a tree for ages with high hopes!
Patty, love the pic of Buster, you can tell he's very proud of himself!
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