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Mole Poison

03.29.2011 - "Blargh!", said the above mole as it gasped its last breath before dying.  This mole was murdered.  But how?  BY POISON!  Yes, mole poison killed this mole.  I know, because I poisoned it myself.  I invited this mole to a fancy dinner, but little did he know that I placed cyanide in his wine.  Just a few sips, and he keeled over as I cackled with laughter.  This mole will dig up my yard no more.

Of course the above story is fictitious.  I actually used iocane powder.  Okay, I didn't use poison at all.  There is no such thing as an effective mole poison.  I say effective, because many mole poisons are in fact marketed and sold.  Alas, none of them is remotely effective.

Moles are insectivores.  They tunnel through the dirt and eat a diet that consists almost entirely of live earthworms.  They also eat a few other underground invertebrates, such as grubs, but mostly worms, and all of their diet is living.  So that's the problem with poisons.  A mole won't eat something that's just lying there.  I've seen, for example, poison peanuts for mole control.  A mole would no sooner eat a peanut than an elephant would eat a worm.  It's just not part of their diet.

To combat this problem, some pest control companies have developed fake gummy worms with poison in them.  Alas, the moles simply won't eat these fake worms.  Moles have a very specialized worm detection system - they can sense the earthworms moving in the dirt, and that's what they go after.  The fake worms are nothing like the real, living thing, and moles just won't eat them.

The only way to solve a mole problem is by trapping.  There's no effective repellants - soap and castor oil do not work, and neither do high-pitch sound machines or ground vibrating machines.  Go ahead and waste your time on these gimmicks.  They won't work.  Only trapping will do, and it's an art that requires experience.  Mole traps are hard to use.  If you want to know how to kill moles, you'd either be ready to experiment for a long time with traps.  You'd be best off hiring a pro for mole control.

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