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Tunnel Mole Trap Problems #6536765
05/13/19 12:57 PM
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Buck77 Offline OP
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I bought a dozen of the these tunnel mole traps. I am having problems with them. I either have them tripped or filled with dirt because the mole dug under the trap. Anyone else had this problem? [Linked Image]

Re: Tunnel Mole Trap Problems [Re: Buck77] #6536849
05/13/19 04:19 PM
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I would modify them by placing a shelf under them, shingle, tin can with some dirt on them to camo. It should remedy the problem if you are not dealing with pocket gophers.

Re: Tunnel Mole Trap Problems [Re: Buck77] #6536905
05/13/19 07:12 PM
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I've had that problem, but not with those traps. Since they are being set off, you're in the right place, which is the most important step in catching them.

Keep trying.

If you can't figure out how to get those to work, they may be a bad design. There are 3 styles of traps that are well regarded on this site. Try one of those.

Re: Tunnel Mole Trap Problems [Re: star flakes] #6537038
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Originally Posted by star flakes
I would modify them by placing a shelf under them, shingle, tin can with some dirt on them to camo. It should remedy the problem if you are not dealing with pocket gophers.


I've read that if the tunnel dips where the trap is, the mole will 'swim'/dip/dig under the first trigger and pop up and set off the one right after it, but because it isn't in the loop yet, the mole isn't caught. The above strategy was suggested as well as making sure that the tunnel is level before you place the trap.

Re: Tunnel Mole Trap Problems [Re: Buck77] #6537319
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Leave a little loose dirt in the bottom of the tunnel and push the wires down into it.

When you set that trap put your thumb on the dog/trigger connection and work the trigger a little to make it fire with less force.

Re: Tunnel Mole Trap Problems [Re: Buck77] #6537405
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You always need to ‘tune’ these traps before they go into the ground.
Set them and test them by pressing the trigger as the mole would, it should fire with only a little pressure. Sometimes this can be achieved by bending the spur on the trigger up a little sometimes shortening the spur, sometimes both. Occasionally the ‘dog’ is twisted-it should sit horizontal when set. Only tweak a little at a time otherwise you will get the situation where both fire when one side is triggered.

Once you are happy go and set them. As you start using these traps use the trap as a template to gig the hole just big enough to get the trap in. Get down to the level of the pipe, then use a spoon or ice of wire to clear any debris from the pipes and then press the floor of the opened pipe so that it is as you would expect the base in a tunnel to be, not packed solid but flat.
Place the trap in pressing so base of the trap loops are just below the soil in the floor of the pipe, not too far or you will bed the triggers in and cause the mole push against it without it firing and causing it to bung it up or dug under, the trap loops need to allow the mole to enter without detecting the sides or the base that should be sitting just below the soil. The trap needs to be covered over and firmed in so that it is stable with no movement and so that no light or drought is able to get in.
Hope this helps.

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