This is the face of pure evil. Sure, they may have cute and cuddly fur but just take a look at those claws. Those are the claws that have been causing me heartache for the last 3 months. I have dealt with moles before at my other house, but those were not nearly as sophisticated and cunning as these country moles are. Usually they take a feed tunnel and run across my yard. This is not the case with these hybrids. Instead of a straight tunnel which I can somewhat deal with, these devil creatures double back on themselves shifting a tunnel width out each time. The result is a huge patch of raised dirt that looks like you just put down fresh sod. Another aspect of these particular moles is they are not very territorial. I thought a given mole would stake their territory and the other moles would have to find some other location to terrorize. At my old house, this meant I only had to deal with one in the front yard and one in the backyard. My new yard is more of a free-for-all that I am guessing is just to maximize my frustration. I have become pretty proficient at using the spikes, however, it always takes a little prep work – first you have to drive the spikes all the way in to make sure nothing impedes their descent – second is to shave some of the dirt off to maximize the kill depth zone and then positioning the trigger at the proper height to allow the spring catch to just barely sit on the lever. Then you sit and wait and wait and wait only to get annoyed by many fruitless releases. Eventually you get a kill shot. I was complaining to a friend of mine how annoying this new breed was when he offered me his new traps called Wire Tek 1001:
Although I tend to focus on bad products and service, this invention is awesome. Basically, you put the two scissors in the ground parallel with the hole. When you step down on the lever at the top, the contraption collapses on top of the mole tunnel while the scissors open up in the hole giving the mole the false impression that the passage is clear. My friend recommends and lent me two in order to put one at both ends of the tunnel (or the in and out portions of the pushed up sod). Following his recommendation I planted the traps. Get this, within two days the trap was sprung and sure enough one dead mole was sent back to the land of fire and brimstone. I was getting ready to return them when another tunnel popped up in the yard…to the Wire Teks. This time it made the kill in less than 24 hours. Fantastic. Needless to say, I have two of my own on the way now and highly recommend it to anyone dealing with a similar issue.
There are few animals I have no problem killing… moles happen to be on this short list. Note, I am constantly reminded of this by the stuffed mole toy my nephews/niece felt obligated to get me some years back. I think I will return this little prank with Underoos for this Christmas!