Mole - can't seem to trap the little sod

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  1. Rollerball

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    I get moles in my garden from time to time. I usually use a scissor trap to kill them but I have one smart little beggar who is defeating my best attempts to send it to mole heaven.

    In short, it keeps mounding up soil around the scissor traps. I check them every day.

    I know about keeping your scent off the trap, etc. I've also tried other traps in the past (tunnel trap springs to mind but I hate using those as setting them is a huge pain and they trigger way too easily, sometimes whacking my fingers).

    Any tips please on trapping this mole?
     
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    I was wondering if the Jasper Carrott sketch would come up ........ :) Sadly though I don't have a shotgun.
     
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    I used to have a piece of high tensile fence wire (5mm) that I would use to pierce the ground to find out which way the runs were going.
    Then I would know the best place to put the trap.
     
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    We currently have a mole, the cat brought a live one home, I rescued it and let it out of the back door without thinking. You can guess the rest!

    I'm hoping the cat will get it again.

    Bob
     
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    I hope you didn't do anything nasty to it like, bury it alive?
     
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    It buried itself!
     
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    Finding the runs is the easy bit (I use a bamboo cane to prod the ground and find the locations, then dig a small hole and place the trap). It's catching the elusive little beggar that's the problem.
     
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    It's amazing how quickly they can do it too.
     
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    Check either side of the trap for a clear run and set trap a couple of foot away.
    If a mole spots any sign of light it gets suspicious so I use an upturned black plastic bucket which not only excludes light but keeps the soil dry .
    This is important in our clay soil as I keep traps set in permanent runs, in a two week period before Christmas I had 9 moles in one talpex trap https://www.pestcontrolsavings.com/...a-MY1G34u6LO0uyUA9k5w1HQfb_XiJ0RoCb6cQAvD_BwE
     
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    Thanks for the tips, I do cover the holes with upturned containers, they're not black though, I'll see if I can find something black.

    I'll also look into the Talpex trap.
     
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