Small Mole Traps
We use the small trap for trapping a mole. We highly recommend setting traps under a fresh mound, and by “fresh,” we mean 24-36 hours!
Read our FAQs about moles: a mole’s digging pattern is up and then down, up and then down, so there will always be at least an entrance and an exit under the mound. Beware, there could be 1 or sometimes 2 additional tunnels leading to the mound, so we recommend having 4-small traps when trapping a mole.
Occasionally, we will use a small trap for trapping a juvenile gopher during breeding season.
Medium Gopher Traps
The medium trap is what we use 95% of the time trapping a gopher in the Western United States.
We recommend setting two traps on 1-gopher system to create a draft. Cinch traps are set from the surface! The cinch trap relies on air and light triggering an alarm with the gopher or mole that their security has been breached. Do not bury a cinch trap!
We designed the 18-inch digging tool to pop the plug in a gopher tunnel, check for forking tunnels, and clearing debris without enlarging the tunnel.
When trapping a gopher, use the marks on the Digging Tool to probe the tunnel for multiple tunnels. If you dig open the tunnel larger than the jaws of the trap, the gopher will circumvent the trap and you will miss it. The spoon of the Digging Tool is proportioned to open gopher (and mole) tunnels to the correct diameter.
The Digging Tool can be used with any manufacturer of trap (Victor Easy Set, Sweeny, Macabee, Gophinator), but we highly recommend using a cinch trap.
A mole tunnel does not fork, but the debris must be cleaned out without enlarging the tunnel.
Whether trapping a gopher or a mole, this tool beats any screwdriver or Hori Hori Garden knife in price and effectiveness.