How to trap and kill moles in New Jersey | Mole

How to trap and kill moles

Trapping is the most successful and practical method of controlling moles. The best times for trapping are spring and fall, especially after rain. Traps should be set in active surface tunnels.

The three most effective types of mole traps are harpoon, scissor-jaw, and choker loop.

To set a trap:

  • Identify an active tunnel
    • Step on the ridge of earth running through your lawn, collapsing the mole tunnel
    • If the ridge of earth reappears in 24 to 48 hours, the moles have repaired the tunnel and it is active
    • If the tunnel is not active, select a new location and try again
  • Select a portion of the active tunnel that runs in a straight line
  • Dig into the ridge above the tunnel and locate the mole tunnel itself
  • Replace the soil, packing it firmly where the trap will be set
  • Securely press the trigger of the trap into the burrow, creating a blockage that forces the mole to trigger the trap when attempting to reopen the tunnel

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and humane deployment of traps

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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