Introduction: How to Catch a Mole Without Killing It 3

A mole was living in my woods for about three weeks.  When he went for my wife's flower bed, he had to go.  This video shows a simple way to pull them out, without killing them.  It is a follow up to my original video on this topic, but has much more stable and high quality video.  Please see my other mole instructable for more details.


fullclip765 (author)2016-05-05

pellet gun or garden hoseand car exhaust in their tunnel air holes if yards invaded like mine

HowToLou (author)fullclip7652016-05-05

Does your method kill the mole?

Tecwyn Twmffat (author)2015-03-19

Release it in your neighbours garden?

HowToLou (author)Tecwyn Twmffat2015-03-19

Hey, there is a 'be nice' policy on comments. Maybe it does not apply to your neighbors :)

Tecwyn Twmffat (author)HowToLou2015-03-19

It was a joke silly! My neighbours are actually really nice.

HowToLou (author)Tecwyn Twmffat2015-03-19

Yeah, I know. Mine was too!! :)

abboud.nac (author)2015-03-14

Haha! nice video, doesn't it bites? he seems friendly, or that's a small one ?

HowToLou (author)abboud.nac2015-03-14

They are pretty quiet and calm for the first minute or two, because they are so surprised. After that, they really start squirming hard to get away, but they never bite.

elizabethingham1 (author)2014-03-02

Awww, he cute :D Annoying, but cute :D It's nice to see instructables on how to catch and relocate unwanted animals without killing them :D

bigbootyzulu (author)2013-09-21

Puberty blues.... Bloody mole lol

HowToLou (author)bigbootyzulu2013-09-21

Yes, but they spell it "moll" on that Australian TV show.

foobear (author)2013-09-02

Oh he's so cute! Wow, he even made a tiny little noise. omg awesome

emeroth (author)2013-08-31

i am so glad you dont kill them and look at the poor thing his shaking but thank you so much for not killing him thanks you!!! your awesome

houdini0118 (author)2013-08-31

Have you ever accidentally hit the mole with the shovel it seems like it would cut the poor thing in half.

HowToLou (author)houdini01182013-08-31

No! I have never talked one in half. Always aim about 10 inches behind the bumping up dirt, to be safe.

flyingpuppy (author)2013-08-24

You made my summer for the next 20 years!

mmussette (author)2013-08-22

But why was it gagging? :(

HowToLou (author)mmussette2013-08-22

They all act differently. Some squeak and some just sit there. I have never seen one do that.

TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-08-15

Hhmm always works with me

HowToLou (author)TheMrCOOLguy22013-08-15

There seem to be different breeds of moles. Indiana moles just laugh at water!

Dominic Bender (author)2013-08-14

I have seen many molehills around here but I have yet to see a mole actually dig as it did in your video, i.e. I have yet to see what I hitherto perceived as cartoon imagery of a mole digging and leaving a trail of raised earth above ground. Maybe the moles here just dig deeper... Anyway, thanks for sharing!

HowToLou (author)Dominic Bender2013-08-14

There are two types of moles. One digs a shallow trail and bumps up the ground as it goes along. That's the type I have in my yard. The other type digs it's tunnels much deeper and throws the dirt out in big piles every so often. It sounds like you have those, and unfortunately, I do not have an easy method to catch them. I have an older, low definition, much more extensive, mole video. You might look at that, to see if you can get any ideas.

TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-08-14

You can also take a gallon jug and fill it with water
Take the jug filled with water and dump it out in to its hole
When it comes up for air it will go inside the milk jug
And walla there it is

HowToLou (author)TheMrCOOLguy22013-08-14

I tried that. They don't come up for air. They have lots of hemoglobin in their blood, so need very little oxygen, and can hold thier breath for a long time. They just run away from the water in thier tunnel system.

jamob (author)2013-08-12

Good job!

AndyGadget (author)2013-08-12

I've caught a couple of moles in the garden like that over the years by waiting very patiently early morning where I know a mole is active and then digging them up and relocating them like you have done. However our cat appears to specialise in moles and in the few months we've had him has brought in several which didn't survive the experience.  I never knew there were so many in the area.
The thing which amazes me about moles is how heavy they are for their size, and how strong those digging paws are.

HowToLou (author)AndyGadget2013-08-12

And, yes, those front paws are super strong!!

HowToLou (author)AndyGadget2013-08-12

Rather than waiting patiently, I usually set a cordless phone out on the smashed down path, In the morning, and go inside and monitor it with another cordless phone set to speakerphone. You can also use a baby monitor. Put a sheet of paper under it to keep it clean. Go about your normal business inside the house, and you will eventually hear him scrunching by under the phone. Sneak quietly outside, without stomping on the ground too much to warn him, and then dig him up. With this method, you might even beat your cat to him :-)

Zdaddy (author)2013-08-12

Do they bite?

HowToLou (author)Zdaddy2013-08-12

No, they don't really have very sharp teeth, and they can't open their mouth that wide. Also, I have caught at least 10 this way, and they never bite. They just trying to get away. They do have extremely strong front arms though. I was hurt a little bit when one pride my fingers apart too hard in attempt to escape. Not a big deal, and he was not trying to hurt me.

zamrin (author)2013-08-12

I'd keep it as a pet!:D

HowToLou (author)zamrin2013-08-12

I agree, he would be a cute pet, but moles die in captivity unless your mole cage is at least a quarter acre :)

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-12

I really think moles are cute. A few years ago we had some campers freaking out about a mole thinking it was a mouse. I scooped up the little guy and moved him to a safe location. Glad you kept him safe.

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