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:lol: i find that those little windmills that put vibrations through the ground work well.
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:50 PM
they sell these traps that you put over one of the runs and when the mole goes through it drives a bunch of sharp spikes into the run killing it, works good for gophers too if you put it right over their hole.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:12 PM
Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:19 PM
I expect that most of the members here are aware that there are different types of animals and plants and fungi that live in the world around us, and not only that but that identifying what the particular organism you are referring to actually is can mean the difference between life and death.
Just as the life or death situation applies to not eating, touching, or being touched by any number of poisonous organisms, it also pays to know what is edible, as well as beneficial.
Where would humans be with out dogs? Sabertooth tiger kibbles, that's where.
The same goes for your garden. I'm assuming its a garden you're talking about, though concern for ornamental gardens and lawns could also be at play here.
There's a great number of things that want to eat your plants and dig up your lawn. There's also a great number of things that want to eat the things that want to eat your plants and dig up your lawn.
That said, you should know that moles are a beneficial animal that eat their body weight in insects daily. Moles and Shrews are true Insectivores, and bugs are all they eat. Gophers, on the other hand, are in the Rodent order and well deserving of any gardener's chagrin.
Before you complain that you can't identify it if it's living underground, let me point out that you can easily identify the critter by the type of burrow:
* Moles leave volcano-shaped hills that are often made up of clods of soil. The mole hills are pushed up from the deep tunnels and may be 2 to 24 inches (5 to 60 cm) tall. The number of mole hills is not a measure of the number of moles in a given area. Surface tunnels or ridges are indicative of mole activity.
* Pocket gopher mounds are generally kidney-shaped and made of finely sifted and cloddy soil. Generally, gophers leave larger mounds than moles do. Gopher mounds are often built in a line, indicative of a deeper tunnel system.
Before initiating a control program for moles, be sure that they are truly out of place. Moles play an important role in the management of soil and of grubs that destroy lawns. Moles work over the soil and subsoil. Only a part of this work is visible at the surface. Tunneling through soil and shifting of soil particles permits better aeration of the soil and subsoil, carrying humus farther down and bringing the subsoil nearer the surface where the elements of plant food may be made available.
Moles eat harmful lawn pests such as white grubs. Though they also eat beneficial earthworms, stomach analyses show that nearly two-thirds of the moles studied had eaten white grubs.
Moles and shrews are insect eaters and have a very high metabolism, allowing them to consume vast quantities of insects. Because of this, these tiny predators have huge ranges compared to the voles and pocket gophers that they are often mistaken for.
Moles DO NOT eat roots or plant material. They might disturb a root or two burrowing towards a grub, but that's it. Its the rodents that are the ones that are munching on your plants.
Thus, if your 'infestation' is a mole it could be just one or two individuals, that are actually helping you out by eating the insects that would normally be munching on your plants, as well as aerating your topsoil. If this 'infestation' is a rodent, then rest assured there's a colony of 5-20 of the little bastards planning on scaling up their invasion once spring hits.
Knowing the difference could actually be the difference between life or death -for your garden.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:18 PM
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