Talparid so closely mimics the mole’s natural food that mole’s respond to the bait in the same way as an earthworm, thus gaining its reputation as “the bottom line in mole control. “If Talpirid doesn’t seem to work, consider: 1. Are you using gloves when applying the bait? Not using gloves may contaminate the bait with a human scent. 2. Are you applying product before or after a heavy rain? Rain and humidity can break down the bait faster than normal conditions. 3. Is a chemical insecticide or fertilizer being applied to the lawn? Chemicals that are applied before or after (within a few days) of applying Talpirid can affect the bait by contamination. Hence, the chemical gets on the bait by seeping through the tunnels. 4. Are you following the three-step process on the package? 5. Are you baiting properly once you find the main active run? If you bait without ever doing a test to find the active tunnel(s), than the bait may never be encountered and eaten by moles. You can test for an active tunnel by following the steps outlined on the package instructions.
DS in SFO –
I have battled with moles in my Northern California lawn for many years. I have caught a few with traps, but they come back. In desperation, five months ago, I had my entire lawn removed, the tunnel pits filled in, wire put down, and new sod. I thought that would be the end to the battle…but it was not. The mole dug around the edge of the lawn making a huge mess again. See photo. The company that set the traps for me suggested Taliprid. I used a long BBQ skewer to punch gently around the mounds and found six tunnels. I used latex gloves so my scent was not left behind. Once I found the tunnel, I made just a big enough hole, using the skewer to drop the worm in the hole, and again used the sharp point of the skewer to push it down into the hole – even though they actually went in fairly easily. I did not use peanut butter and my worms were rounded on the bottom and flat on the top. Would a mole still think this is a round worm? I hoped so. My understanding is that moles have underground kitchens where they store extra worms for later meals, but they bite the heads off first. I put six worms in holes about 10-15 feet apart. Then I watered and waited. There was no new activity for two days, so I cleaned up all the mound dirt off of the path so I could tell if there was any new activity going forward. It has now been 12 days with no activity at all. I have a one acre property but only a small part is lawn. It is hard to that one mold could do all the damage my mole did. He went into vegetable boxes, around plants – everywhere. I only put the worms in the lawn since that was the most daily activity. It is fall here now, but we still have temps in the 80s so the mole is not deeper underground or hibernating. I have no doubt that next year there will be a new mole, but for now, this one is dead. I think I would have still changed the lawn because the wire prevents holes in the middle, and the old lawn was so filled with tunnels so walking on the lawn became a hazard. But, if this product had been available 12 years ago, I would have saved all that cost. Now this product has saved my new lawn. That’s worth a lot to me too!Read more
Jean R. –
I have been at war with moles on my property in central Florida for 2 years. I have tried various kinds of traps with limited success. The moles runs in my yard are very deep, about 8 to 10 inches under the thick St. Augustine grass. In most cases traps do not work because they are all designed to trap moles nearer to the surface. I have also tried the baits that you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot, they work some times but not all that well. These mole worms have allowed me to completely eliminate the moles in my 3/4 acre yard. I just wish they were not so pricey. I use a piece of re-rod to poke a hole in a mole run, or mound. When poking down you can feel when it gives way into the run. I then flag the hole and come back a 8 to 24 hours later to see if the hole has been plugged from the bottom (use a flashlight for better clarity). If the hole has been plugged from the bottom then it is an active run. Re-make the hole with your re-rod or stick down to the bottom of the run and then place your bait down the hole. I then cap the top of the hole with a small piece of plastic (I use the bottom of a yogurt dish) and put a small rock on it. Then come back a day later and see if the hole is plugged again, if so the mole has found the bait. I find it seems to take about 3 to 4 days for them to die, so I wait that amount of time before I poke a hole in the same mound or run. Usually you will find that the hole goes unfilled . Meaning you just eliminated one mole from you yard. I must of had 15 to 20 moles in my yard and right now I am mole free for the first time since I have lived here. You need to keep checking, because if your neighbor’s yard has moles, eventually one will move in. Then use the same procedure to get em. Think of it as a mole control program that will have to be implemented each time a new mole moves in. I think many of the people that say this does not work have not bother to find an active mole run first. That is key, as many mole tunnels are just exploratory runs that are not used that often. Over several days of wet or humid weather these worms break down, so if you put them in an inactive run you are wasting time and money as by the time the mole may come through the bait has broken down. Bye the way I use a pair of needle nose pliers to handle the mole baits, that way there is no human scent on them, nor the scent of latex.Read more
We had six mole hills on our property. Two in front of our house. Two on the side. And two in the backyard. It looked like we had 3 moles. But it turned out to be only 1 that was using a very large tunnel system. And they way I discovered this… I followed the directions TO THE LETTER to figure out which tunnels we actively being used. I went out every day and probed the “pilot” holes into the tunnels with a long screwdriver to see if they were refilled. On day three, I found one out front was refilled. So I took one Talpirid Mole worm and planted it (using latex gloves, as moles have a superior sense of smell) then covered the hole with a small rock. The next day, I went out to check that hole again and it was again, refilled. So I knew a mole had discovered the bait and took it. No other holes were refilled. After 9 days, not any sign of new mole activity anywhere! I’m convinced that the mole died after eating the bait. And since now new activity has occurred since, it was only 1 mole. And now the little trick… Before planting the worm, I smeared it generously with peanut butter! Yep!… PEANUT BUTTER!!! For whatever reason, moles LOVE the stuff! Plus it helps hide any foreign odors (like latex). I still have 19 Talpirid Mole worms left. So I’m prepared for some years to come! If I had not followed the directions, I may have wasted 5 (or more) worms. Instead, they’re ready for the next infestation!Read more
I guess we have Country moles that eat anything.. they have torn up half our yard.. I have bought EVERY poison, trap and concoction known and nothing! still here I buy another look for where they have tunnels, get the gloves out make sure worm is down in the holes, day or 2 don’t see much them bam all over the yard again.. I have used a full box in a fenced in small back yard and they are still all over driving me nuts!Read more