Moles Causing Big Problems for Local Residents

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Moles are cropping up in lawns all over the Ohio Valley, especially in Belmont County.

These tiny furry rodents are causing everything from fear to anger to sprained ankles.

At the risk of making a mountain out of a mole hill, we are hearing from a lot of people whose lawns are over-run with moles.

A mole weighs about 5 ounces, but it can eat 40 to 50 pounds of earthworms each year.

This year, there were a lot of earthworms, not to mention cicadas, so moles are plentiful.

“I was going up the hill and my right foot slipped into a mole hill and I hyper-extended my knee. Had a brace on for four weeks. Just got an injection in it yesterday and I start physical therapy next week,” said Linda Kelly.

“Every year we have a few moles in the yard and it seems like by mid-July or August they’re gone, but this year they’re just running around, tearing the yard up. The yard’s like a sand pit with holes in it, being so soft with all the moles,” said Allan Blanchard. 

“What we’re recommending for moles is something called a harpoon trap. And it’s essentially a spring-loaded spear that, when the mole comes and reopens its tunnel, it can essentially stab the mole,” said Dan Lima, OSU Extension Educator.

Home remedies include red peppers, pickle juice, broken glass, razor blades and human hair.

The most dangerous piping carbon monoxide into their tunnels from your car exhaust.

Lima says don’t do that, it’s dangerous.

For more information call Lima at the extension office in St. Clairsville at (740) 695-1455.

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