The Talpex Style Mole Trap is used by professionals because it is well made with an effective trigger mechanism. Beware cheap scissor trap imports with poor mechanisms that rust solid after a couple of seasons.
If a trap misfires, the chances of catching that mole again are slim. Buy the best quality and follow our Mole Trapping Guide.
Don’t be tempted by ‘mole deterrent systems’, they do not work, and don’t use ‘live catch’ tubes unless you are able to inspect every four hours or the moles will suffer.
How To Use
First determine which type of tunnel to set the scissor mole trap in. If the ground is being forced up in long meandering lumps just under the surface of the turf or soil, you’ve selected the correct trap.
Day 1 tread down any runs that are visible.
Day 2 check to see which run is being used by the mole and carefully remove the top of the newly pushed run using a trowel, making sure the hole is clear.
Set the scissor mole trap by pressing the handles together and placing the trip plate between the horizontal part of the claws, near the rivet marks but at the side nearest the attaching chain. The trip plate should move a little.
Once set, push the mole trap into the run so that the handles are vertical and at 90° to the run, positioned so the mole can crawl between the curved part of the claws.
Fill in the top of the mole trap with some fine soil up to the hinge pin on the handle.
Check the mole trap every day for three days. If the mole trap has not sprung move it to another place where mole activity has been noticed.
The talpex mole trap is effective in 25% of positions set, that is to say the mole trap should be successful every 4th time it is set.
The more mole traps you set the better the success rate. Ideally a minimum of 2 mole traps should be used.