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Since the start of autumn I noticed some small earth casts appearing in my lawn. Firstly I put it down to insects as the casts/hills looked too small for moles. However some of the casts have got bigger plus it's too cold now for insects I reckon.

I did some research and it appears that mole hills are not just the ones we think of: about a foot or more across with a decent size hill. They can be small as well. My research also told me that the fact that my lawn is very spongy in places (way more than normal) was a sign of surface tunnels. Given the stony nature of our soil it doesn't surprise me that Mr Mole is keeping just under the turf.

So, apart from the Jasper Carrott method of getting rid of them, has anyone else suffered and if so, what did you do to get rid of said beasties?

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Call in a Mole Catcher, normally "No Moles No Fee". You pay by the number of Moles they catch.
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That is an option Drew and I've looked on the molecatchers register thingy and there is one near me too!

I just have to check he doesn't bring a dead mole or two from the back of his van when he arrives
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Traps, I got quite expert at one time about 10 yrs ago when we had a plague. Do your research its dead easy although surrounded by old wives tales of them having supernatural powers to detect human scent etc.
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I tried traps for a while, without success.
Then I tried poison: signing the register at the local "Country Store" (now "Mole", would you believe?) was a bit daunting but it helped that our address is "farmhouse" AND I used to teach the lady. That didn't work particularly well, neither.
One afternoon we were entertaining Australian family-members when a mole poked its head up just where we were sitting: that earned it some brownie points, as they haven't burrowed to the antipedes, it seems.
So back to traps and these days I only get one or two per year.

I search out the "spongy" bits near to a soil pile: this represents a run so I dig a square section keeping the run in the centre. I remove the turf, soil etc and use a stick, held in a gloved hand, to search out the tunnel. I place me trap in the direct line, ensuring that it is at the correct level by replacing soil if necessary. I cover the hole with a medium upside down flowerpot, which will allow the jaws to operate. Then a sheet of black plastic to ensure no light gets in, then a larger flowerpot to keep the plastic in situ. Check twice per day.
Some people place sifted soil or sand in the hole to mask the position of the trap: I find that too onerous.
Sometimes I line the walls of the route with stones to encourage the mole to continue straight into the jaws, especially if I've had a few failures.

Good luck - Gordon
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I have emailed a local molecatcher to see what he has to say.
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If you have the time and the weather is kind, sitting there with a small shotgun gives tremendous satisfaction when you do blast one out of the ground.
But moles do little damage, it's the wild boar that cause carnage on my lawn.

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