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    Land recovery, post moles.

    A 40-50 sqft area of my yard is being murdered by moles. They've been busy this winter as you can see in this picture. They used to be all over the yard, but ever since I removed the vegetation around the house, and therefore some of their food supply, they now stick to this area. I'm working on removing them by killing off their food supply. I've tried traps and other things with no luck.

    Once I get rid of them, I am looking for suggestions for recovering this part of the yard.

    I'm generally rural and have a "country" yard so I'm not looking for perfection, but I need to get rid of the mole hills and fix the damage.

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    You've now given me a positive aspect about living on top of large chunks of limestone with little soil here - no digging critters near the house.
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    When I get critters digging where I don't want them I poke some mothballs into their runs or burrows. Some will be pushed back out so I push them back in and add a couple more. Depending on how stubborn they are, they generally move on fairly soon. If I leave the runs alone they generally blend back in the ground after a spring season, along with the surface burrows under the snow. Or run the tires over them to press them down. As you can guess, I am not too worried about a perfect lawn either.

    It doesn't take too many as mothballs stink, especially in enclosed spaces. Keep any spares in a sealed ziplock bag for later. Once they departed I pick up and toss out the ones I can see and the rest will dissolve over a relatively short period of time depending on rain. I haven't found a critter yet that LIKES the smell of mothballs.
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    Thanks for the tips!
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    gas em

    Gas em. I got pocket gophers here. I use a small engine and 1" flexible exhaust hose. Get some 1/2" pipe fitting and weld it to exhaust flange. Then I necked it up to 3/4" and got it turn downward using various fittings. The 1" hose fits over the 3/4" pipe snuggly with a few tack welds. I add a 1/2" pipe and the end to jam in holes. I repurposed a rolling garden seat for a cart. I drizzle some oil in the carb to make it smoke. The smoke will show you where all the exits are you need to plug up. Then I just let it run hour 30 minutes. No more gophers.

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    That's some serious Gopher control!
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    Iíve got mole problems also. They tear my yard to hell. I roll mine or use a shovel full of dirt to level it but itís never good. Till and relevel woukd be best but the you have to get grass growing again.
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    I'm pretty fond of Dynamite, with the resulting crater you can fill it up with water and make a Koi Pond.
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