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New mole traps #7857544
05/01/23 08:25 PM
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Do you boil your new mole trap to get the smell off them? If so, how do you season yours? I always put on gloves and rub my hands in dirt before setting the traps.


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Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7857736
05/02/23 06:49 AM
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I have always just piled a bunch of dirty / muddy traps into a bucket at the house and filled it with hot tap water. Let them soak a bit then switch them around. Drain off the dirty water then rinse and soak again until the water drains off clear. They air dry quickly on a dry breezy day if you spread them out a bit.

For brand new traps I have many times set them in runs out of the box new. I would think if you soaked them in some hot water and baking soda, swashed them around then rinse them you would be good after drying. I sometimes keep a couple handfuls of dried grass clippings in a bucket at times mixed with traps if I feel I may have an odor issue.

Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7857788
05/02/23 08:12 AM
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Thanks Bob, I always put used traps in in water right out of the ground. Makes them a lot nicer to work with. I have some new trap I want to get in the ground. Thanks again!


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Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7857834
05/02/23 09:24 AM
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Nope. I just put them right in the ground and catch moles with them. Iím not a believer that scent makes a difference when it comes to moles. I only wear gloves to keep my hands clean.

Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7861294
05/07/23 04:18 PM
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I have seen some avoidance with some snap traps stored in our lure facility that had picked up odor from the shop. I was doing a big vole job and I knew something wasn't right. So I pulled all the traps switched them out with new ones. The old traps that I pulled I soaked in a rodent tincture that I made in the shop. Let them air dry in the outdoor sunlight and set them the next day. Then we were all good again.

Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7862101
05/09/23 06:18 AM
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Iíll tune them to work better, but nothing more than that. I can pull a rotting mole and trap out of the ground and then reinsert the same trap in a different tunnel and pick up a family member. I never understood why they hit the trap. They must smell it!

Re: New mole traps [Re: Getting There] #7871182
05/24/23 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Getting There
Do you boil your new mole trap to get the smell off them? If so, how do you season yours? I always put on gloves and rub my hands in dirt before setting the traps.



You're not suggesting that moles are afraid of human scent, are you ?

Or do you mean after you've caught a mole and it has been in the trap decomposing ?

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