The Mole Hill That Was A Mountain

Giant Mole Hill that was a Mountain

Giant Mole Hill that was a Mountain

The Mole Hill that was a Mountain

Today I found this giant mole hill in the front yard in Long Beach, WA. This mountain of dirt measures 24″ in diameter and is 12″ high! Wow that is the biggest mole hill I have ever seen! Notice in the photo, I placed a can of Campbell’s chicken soup so you can see just how big it really is. The moles have really wrecked the yard this Summer. Any ideas on how to rid them? Article by Mike Challis

Wikipedia: A molehill (or mole-hill) is a conical mound of loose soil raised by small burrowing mammals, including moles, but also similar animals such as mole-rats, marsupial moles and voles. They are often the only sign to indicate the presence of the animal.

Big Molehill with Can of Soup for Reference of How Big it is.

Big Molehill with Can of Soup for Reference of How Big it is.

Molehills are waste material from digging or repairing burrows, and so are usually found where the animal is establishing new burrows, or where existing ones are damaged (for example by the weight of grazing livestock). Where moles burrow beneath the roots of trees or shrubs, the roots support the tunnel, and molehills are less common, and so even a dense population of the animals may be inconspicuous in these places.

Molehills commonly occur in lines along the route of the burrow, but in some cases they may not be directly above the burrow itself but at the ends of short side-tunnels.

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3 Responses to “The Mole Hill That Was A Mountain”

  1. ron anderson says:

    I live near 165th Pacific Wa and this has been a bad year for moles. The most effective way (sort of) to get rid of long beach moles is the clam shell mole traps sold at the Dennis Co. in LB. Of five traps set this summer, I caught one mole. A constant battle with moles. Scrap away the hill dirt, find the hole to the surface, dig the hole out with a post hole digger, find the direction of the two submerged tunnels into the hole and place the loaded trap crosswise to the tunnels and push the trap down without triggering the lever. Cover the placed trap with loose soil and check the trap every morning. Often, the moles abandon the whole and just dig another new hole. Just keep chasing them until caught. Good luck. r.a.

  2. Penny Jamieson says:

    To effectively rig your yard of moles, take your rake handle, and poke a hole in the middle of the mole hill, as deep as it allows, usually 8-10 inches is enough. Then take a 1/4 cup of Purex bleach, or whatever is on sale, and pour directly into the hole you made in each hill. I usually kick a small amout of dirt over the hole to keep the gases inside. Rain and water will only increase the effect, so don’t worry when it rains.
    I was born and raised here, and have cleared many yards of moles this way. Very cost effect.

  3. Ken says:

    I purchased a mole repellent in the form of an electronic device that you bury in the ground where you don’t want moles. It’s about 10″ long and 1 1/2″ round. Runs on 2 ‘D’ cell batteries and every 28 seconds makes a ‘chatter’ noise which the moles don’t care for.

    Additionally, Jack’s recommended buying 2 foot plastic ‘pipe’, cut it in have and push theses down in your lawn area then place pinwheels in each. The wind drives the pinwheels and the pinwheel stem moves around inside the pipe, causing more vibrations and noise.

    I woke one morning to several mole hills on my lawn, and I never saw a new one within 24 hours of adding the devices described above.

    Simply drives the moles away, and no ‘killing’ involved.