Mole Traps: Can you use them?

Things You Should Know About Gardening

by: Andy Beard

  • Mole control is one of the most complicated problems that
    can face a gardening enthusiast.

    It is not from lack of information. Plenty of information is
    available. University research and white papers, government
    brochures, and plenty of expert opinions.

    It is not from a lack of products either. At any time there
    are 10 or more different varieties of mole trap on sale,
    plus various poisons and repellants.

    The experts, university professors and even the government,
    when they express an opinion, even come close to a
    concensus. Mole traps are probably the most effective method
    of mole control, if set correctly, checked on a regular
    basis etc.

    Most reports however take a very simplistic view:-

    A single plot of land

    No regard to whether neighbouring plots are residential, farmland or wooded.
    No recommendations on how to co-ordinate efforts with
    If one neighbour has a huge infestation of moles, but
    refuses to take action, can they be force to do so? If you
    used fumigation in such a case, could they hold you liable
    for killing their moles?

    Rules apply to specific locality

    There are states in the US where the use of mole traps are
    restricted. There are areas of Canada where both the Eastern
    Mole and the Townsend mole are a protected species. The
    bordering states in the US have no restrictions, yet species
    conservation is meant to be a global concern.

    Lethal methods of mole control can only be used in Germany where the moles are a confirmed hazard.
    The use of traps in many US States currently falls under
    hunting regulations which can require a license, and
    specific measures to be taken. This is often not enforced.

    About the author:
    Andy Beard is researching mole control to combat the moles
    in his garden. More information can be found at

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