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Moles, Voles and Chipmunks
What You Need
For voles: Contrac Blox Rodenticide
For moles: Talpirid Mole Bait
For chipmunks: Trapper T-Rex Rat Trap
Food for the chipmunks: we recommend berries and nuts
Follow local laws and ordinances about removing chipmunks, moles and voles. Make sure you are within your legal rights!
The Big Idea
While it was funny to watch in “Caddyshack,” it won’t do you much good to fill burrows up with water. The animals make elaborate tunnel networks underground, and even if you take out one or two burrows, they can build more and come right back.
How to Remove Moles and Voles
Voles are vegetarians and like to eat grasses and the bases of plants. Make sure any rat bait you buy (we recommend Contrac Blox Rodenticide) is labeled for voles. Not all rodent bait will eliminate voles. It’s also good to know there’s no secondary poison in the bait. That means if your dog picks up a vole from the yard, he/she won’t become sick through contact.
Using a flathead screwdriver, push six inches into the burrow to create a hole, place the bait inside and then close up the hole. Then, wait for the vole to consume the bait.
First big test: if the animal doesn’t eat the vole bait, then you know it’s a mole.
We use Talpirid mole bait the same way to lay out vole bait. Moles are earthworm eaters and the Talpirid mimics an earthworm. Push a flathead screwdriver six inches into the burrow, place the mole bait inside and plug up the hole.
Do NOT stomp on the burrows. Yes, you will destroy the burrow itself but the mole or vole can rebuild quickly. You need a plan to have them ingest the bait.
Chipmunks are tough to eliminate and by far the most difficult pest we encounter. They are smart and there’s no proven bait that works. They are also secretive about entrance and exit holes, which makes them hard to track.
We recommend livetrapping with a Havahart Live Trap. Put berries and nuts inside the trap. Use what food source you have in your environment including bird seed if you have feeders. Once you catch the chipmunk, release the critter 5-10 miles away. For lethal trapping, you will likely need a license.
If you choose to use a lethal trap, BE CAREFUL with you pets and your neighbors’ pets. Make sure they can’t come near the trap. Also, tie a lethal trap to something solid (ex: tree). Chipmunks have a habit of getting partially caught in the trap and then dragging the trap away never to be found. We’ve had this happen too many times and have learned to tie the lethal trap to something or a stake in the ground.
We recommend the Trapper T Rex Rat Traps when using lethal means to eliminate chipmunks. Also, make sure we state first that chipmunks are game species meaning you need permission/license from your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR).