Here at the Big Red Barn we are learning all kinds of new things, living out here you’ve got to be your own everything. Mechanic, roofer, plumber, and as we’ve found… trapper. These are the Country Challenges and they test your wits and resolve. So today we tackle the mole problem, after coming home from a week away we found a large hole next to a handful of what I could only assume were mole runs. They made their first real appearance when my mower got a nice taste of loose earth from the burrowing bugger. Not wanting to see more lawn disaster I went straight to the store and looked at mole traps. I opted for a slightly more expensive trap because it is harder to set off from above ground, an issue I was concerned about with respect to the dogs we have running around here. After a bit more research I came up with these simple things to keep in mind:
- Determine the most active location: Look for a Mole mound, not a hole.
- Do not press existing mole runs into the ground, leave them until you’ve trapped your target.
- Place the trap in the early evening around 5-6pm. Moles come out at night and early morning.
- Check and reset your trap after 48hrs if you haven’t bagged your target.
- Be vigilant, keep your grass cut short and areas around trees clear to spot activity before it becomes an issue.
After five years Liz and I decided last summer that it was time to move from the city of Winona to the country where we could realize a few ideals that had been floating around our heads for years. We saw the Big Red Barn and knew instantly this was the place for us. We moved in on October 1st and enjoyed a brief fall before our first winter. Many challenges came our way, snow blowing drifts became a daily chore just to get down the driveway and short daylight hours took their toll but we survived and are more prepared to deal with the coming winters. We start this blog to keep ourselves in check, our ideals in the forefront and our family and friends updated. Enjoy the Big Red Barn with us with all the challenges and learning experiences along the way.