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Most of the time, along with most Molecatchers, I use the Duffus or half barrel trap. When set properly in the mole run, it insures an instant and clean dispatch. In the breeding season when the males are running amok, looking for females, it is possible to catch two moles in these traps. Also when the young are moving about looking for their own territories, this can also happen. In the colder months, the moles live a solitary life, and will fight each other to death. The only time this will differ is when two territories overlap, and a run at the border may be used by two moles.

At certain times I may also use the 'Talpex' trap, which is a gripper. This is an extremely powerful trap and also used a fair bit by Molecatchers.

The one trap that most professionals will NOT use, is the'live catch' or 'humane' trap. This can be the most' in humane' of all traps. The mole needs to eat approx two thirds of it's body weight a day. When caught in these traps for just a few hours, the mole will suffer greatly, and will be extremely weak or dead within twenty four hours. It is also an offence to release a pest on to someone's land without permission.

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 A double catch in a duffus or half-barrel trap.

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 One caught in a 'Talpex' trap.

There are many myths and stories about moles.

Most of them are totally incorrect. Just one example is the well known remedy of the kiddies plastic 'windmills'. These are supposed to scare the mole off with vibrations. Well the main food of the mole is the worm. These are attracted by vibrations, hence more worms, hence even more mole activity, so exactly the opposite effect to what is believed. If the mole does happen to disappear, it's because the mole was leaving anyway. It is pretty certain, it will return!

Electric gadgets and different methods of gasing are also regularly tried. Well the mole has been here a long time before man. They have fantastic senses and are finely tuned for their living conditions. They have many tricks up their sleeves, and will quickly block up runs, move to other areas of their territory or even move out altogether if needed, only to return again when things have settled. So when a person claims to have got rid of that pesky mole, when another turns up, is it a new one or the original, who has just been on holiday?

 

The only sure way to know the mole has been removed, is to actually see the evidence. This will be done by a Molecatcher.

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3 from a small area in the breeding season.

I caught this little chap only about half an hour after the trap had been set.

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