The Right Tool for the Job: Mole Trap Knowledge.

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Mole traps and How to Use Them

When it comes to mole trapping, it isn’t as simple as buying a trap and putting it in the ground.  There are questions what type of traps do the best job, and the humaneness of the operation.  Previously we have written about the habits of moles which you may find here.   According to, most of the damage moles cause in their search for earthworms is root damage in ornamental plants and unsightly tunnels in lawns.   In this article we will concentrate on the tools of the trade so that you may make the best decision as to what to use for your particular purpose.  As we explained in the previous mole article, where you set the trap is of critical importance.   It must be set in an active run, and not a food storage tunnel. suggests finding “a long, straight tunnel that connects to smaller tunnels.  This long tunnel is the main thoroughfare and is used the most.”

Types of traps:

Duffus or Half Barrel Traps

This trap is used by professionals and can trap two moles (one on each end) at a time.   It is a metal half-barrel with catching hoops, trigger wires, and springs. adds that the quality of the trap may be tested this way:  “The quality of the barrel can be tested by simply attempting to crush it as you would a soft drinks can. Some will crush extremely easily, whist those with stainless steel barrels are very difficult to even flex. Setting the trap and springing it in a test situation will also show how well or poorly the springs perform. Of course the weaker the spring the weaker the action, ergo the weaker the impact on the mole and most likely the slower the kill when sprung.”     Getting a top quality trap is best for trapping, and more humane for the animal.

  • Scissor type mole traps: Most used by amateur trappers, easy to set, and effective, particularly the Fenn scissor trap. Set in runs leading to and from a fresh mole hill.  Dave Archer writes for Pest Magazine that he feels more professionals should use the Fenn scissor traps:  “I am a great fan of the Fenn scissor mole trap as illustrated on page 31 due to its small size, the fact that it does not have forks, more of a flat bar which can easily be hidden in the soil or grass when the trap is set. It can be a very effective trap, which I find provides a strike to the upper body or head in all cases.”  While there are concerns with more cheaply made traps regarding how quickly they kill and where on the animal’s body the trap shuts on, Archer recommends the Fenn scissor trap for its quality and effectiveness.

A short video explaining how to set scissor traps can be found here.

  • Putange mole traps: This is a French trap, a quality product, while they are not easy to set, kills are effective and best of all, the soil around the trap is not disturbed, thus resulting in less suspicion from the mole.
  • Nash or choker loop type traps: This is a trap which has loops that are facing inside the run. The loops are longer than the half barrel/Duffus trap which may be more effective.
  • Talpex traps: Archer says these traps are good for trapping shy moles. He also says a drawback is that these traps are much larger than the others but it is easy to set and when placed in a run with dirt sprinkled in it, the mole assumes the run has collapsed and sets about repairing it.

In concert with theme of springtime yields hope eternal, including gardening, landscaping projects and abundant mole hills, take advantage of our “HOLYMOLEY” Spring time promo on our Fenn- Mole Scissor and Loop traps. Runs through April 30st, 2018.


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