The eastern mole is the only species that lives in Missouri. Moles can cause a great deal of damage to lawns, tunneling as they forage for food. A mole's main diet is earthworms and grubworms, however they also feed on other soil-dwelling insects such as beetles, spiders, centipedes, ant pupae, and cutworms. Applying an insecticide to rid the area of food will not eradicate these insects and is therefore not recommended as a control for the mole.
Trapping is the most successful way to get rid of moles. Trapping is most effective during the spring and fall, when moles are most active. We recommend using multiple traps. It's much better to put three to four traps out per area than to try to chase the pest around the lawn with one trap. If the traps have not gotten your mole within four to five days, it's time to move the traps to a new location. For successful trappping it's best to find a main tunnel (feeding tunnel) that is used most frequently. Sometimes this will take some patience and extra effort. We recommend using The Original Mole Eliminator trap. For information, customer testimonials and to purchase, visit their website at www.themoletrap.com.
Other options for mole eradication include using repellents, toxicants (baits), and fumigants. Of these methods, baiting is most effective. As with trapping, find a feeding tunnel that is still actively used by the pest and poke a few holes through the top. Insert bait and monitor for mole activity. We recommend using Talprid poisonous worms for best results.
Moles can be a nuisance and cause significant damage to your lawn. Constant monitoring and use of multiple control methods is certainly advised for successful eradication. But with patience and some extra effort, you can rid your lawn of this pest.