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Successful mole control

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Mole traps need instructions

Buy a trap from the farmers co-op and it comes with no instructions. 
 
Everyone who considers themselves a countryman knows how to set a mole trap. We all have had a dad, uncle or neighbour who had us carry the traps as they set them in the field. How successful were they at the job? Have we remembered the detail of what they did? Was the mole control done with strychnine for the decade and more when it was popular?
 
So perhaps the knowledge hasn't been passed down. Maybe some of the finer points have been forgotten or maybe never really been known.

 

This nine page Practical Farm Ideas report has tips and details which go way beyond any instructions.

When you go out in the field with a bag of traps you want success, and this report has the information which will make the time taken setting them productive.  You'll catch one mole after another.
 
  • Find out first what might be wrong with the traps you have, and how they can be quickly improved in the workshop.
  • Before you start out into the field collect together all the items you need to set the traps. The report has a list - which will surprise you. 
 
When you're in the field, use the information in the report to find the mole runs which are most likely to yield results. 
  • There's more to setting the trap than digging a hole and putting it in. The expert whose advice we gained has developed a method which gets a mole virtually every time he sets a trap, and his advice allows you to do the same. 
 
There's been an explosion of mole activity this year across the country. The ban on strychnine, which was so right in terms of preventing other creatures being killed, has given the population the chance to increase considerably. 

Now is the time to get out and control them. 

The better your soil, the more the moles like it.
  • Mole hills damage grassland machinery.
  • Reduce arable yields.
  • Damage silage quality.
  • If you have a mole population which is in grass fields that are to be cut for silage, you will have to do something about them.
Mole control is a job you can do yourself. Learn the technique and, like the fisherman, you have a skill for life.
 
This report is required reading for all farmers thinking of doing DIY mole control. I can't recommend it highly enough.
 

The mole control report is a nine page document which has some novel tried and tested ways of getting scissor traps to work reliably. The report separates good practice from old wives tales, and shows how the modern trap can be improved in the workshop.

The report also includes information of other mole control methods,
but these are in less detail.
"Better than the courses I've been on" "You're talking to a real expert"

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