Q: I’ve lived at my residence for over 50 years and have not had any issues with moles. Last summer I ended up with quite a few mounds of dirt piled all around the front and back yards, and you could see the tunnel tracks all around. I had a person come out and set several traps, but he stated it would be hard to catch these critters. I have a dog, so I will not use any hazardous materials to try and get rid of the earthworms, which apparently moles use as their source of food. Do you have any suggestions?
— Kathi Piekarski
South Bend, Ind.
A: Eradicating moles is indeed difficult. Even if you remove the moles in your yard, others will probably move in.
According to those sources, only two mole-control methods are considered effective: lethal traps and worm-shaped mole baits containing Bromethalin.
Both are placed in active tunnels. You can place a weighted bucket or similar cover over a trap to shield it from your dog, as long as the animal isn’t so big that it could tip over the cover easily. The bait should be inaccessible, but since Bromethalin is toxic to pets, using it may not be worth the risk.
Another option is to convert part of your yard from lawn to other uses, such as paths, hedgerows or naturalized areas.
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