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Old 07.10.2011, 14:55
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Moles

Does anyone have a problem with moles in their gardens? I am lucky that they are around the side of mine and they don't bother me as it is their garden too.
My neighbour has a beautiful green lawn but is really suffering and I was horrified to see some medieval contraptionto catch them on his step. I have to admit that I was delighted that it was stolen (not by me - I might add).
Anyway, they are causing a lot of damage to lots of gardens - frustrating probably but they are so sweet but they do move on.

I always remember years ago actually seeing a mole peep out of a hole with his big paws - it was amazing!
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Old 07.10.2011, 14:59
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Re: Moles

Okay, your mole stories are pretty cute.

But I thought this thread was going to be about how we've been infiltrated and that they have someone on the inside. Bummer.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:02
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Re: Moles

thought you meant this...




sorry my MOLEstake...
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:07
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Re: Moles

I thought someone else had seen the lady in the COOP Stäfa and was panicking too.

I find moles uber cute... Everytime my grandfather went hunting them with his shovel I died a little bit inside

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Does anyone have a problem with moles in their gardens?
Yes, they make a right mess out of my lawn#Wmostly green flattish weed meadow.

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My neighbour has a beautiful green lawn but is really suffering and I was horrified to see some medieval contraptionto catch them on his step.
Did it work? I see a lot of such things in the french brico shops, but always suspect that they wouldn't be worth the money.

Our cats catch them occasionally, amongst the other vast array of rodentary they bring into the house and (usually) eat, but there's clearly a thriving population.

Oh, and while we're on it, badgers. At least, that's what I think it is that digs up chunks of our lawn and grubs around for worms an stuff. Buggers, they are.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:12
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Re: Moles

Does your neighbour look like this?
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:14
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Does your neighbour look like this?

Sadly not - Add about 40 years
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:20
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OK

Fixed that for ya.....


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Old 07.10.2011, 15:33
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Re: Moles

Believe it or not, I've never seen a real mole Too much time in a city!

But I throw a major fit when my granddad declares war to them and tries to get ridd of the poor buggers! As far as I'm concerned, I wouldn't be bothered by a few molehills on my lawn...
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The definitive word on mole problems

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Old 07.10.2011, 15:38
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Re: Moles

I know, tell me about it! I've been trying to get rid of mine for years!







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Old 07.10.2011, 15:42
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Re: Moles

In my old garden (which is technically still mine as I still own the land/property), it is a problem. There was field on two sides, but on one side is now a big house, so they've migrated under the fence (like Steve McQueen) and are attacking on both fronts.

For about 10chufs each, I bought those mushroom-like solar powered bleepers from Landi, that you stick in the ground, but two are probably not enough - or they don't work effectively - probably need about ten to make any difference; or the moles are deaf as well as blind.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:50
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Re: Moles

I think gardeners maybe have problems with moles because moles eat earthworms and earthworms help fertilize and aerate the garden while leaving much larger tunnels and holes themselves.

Also, I'd imagine moles to be a problem in fields where larger animals tend to run or play as the tunneling sometimes is quite near the surface and there is danger of tripping (and twisting or breaking feet, ankles or legs) on the mounds, tunnels and holes.

Otherwise, I'd say they're a sign of a "healthy" garden with a good assortment of bugs and worms.
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Re: Moles

When I was a kid we used to put mole bombs down the holes. They used to sell them in hardware stores. Not very nice as they basically gassed the poor wee things. They also used to sell traps which was like a mouse trap door thing. The problem being you would forget where you left it and then that was just a very slow death.
I blame the parents who told us to do it.
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Re: Moles

Most mole traps I've seen are instant-kill devices, and some do the job in the ground, so you don't even have to worry about burying the guy.

Moles can be a nuisance- used to deal with them in Florida a lot, when I did the yardwork growing up. I think I heard that mothballs dropped down their tunnels, and around the perimeter of a yard will deter them, if you're not in to full-on elimination.
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:44
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Re: Moles

A positive thing with the earth that moles dig up is that with their paws the soil is so fine and ideal for compost.
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