There are few things on planet Earth more irritating to a homeowner than a mole in the front lawn. Bad advice all to often encourages the use of insecticides, castor oil potions, poisoned peanuts or gummy worms, sonic contraptions, and other ridiculous home remedies. However, the conclusion of university researchers, biologists, and extension specialists worldwide is both simple and consistent -- trapping is the surest route to a mole-free yard !
Moles breed slowly as compared to other small mammals (females bear only one annual litter of two to seven offspring) and approximately 50% of all moles die each year of natural causes, principally from starvation. Combine this low reproductive rate and high natural mortality with the mole's territorial, low-density social structure (two to three individuals per acre is standard), and you can well imagine the benefits of eliminating even a small number of moles from your yard. To this day, trapping is the quickest and most reliable method of mole elimination.