Top 5 Best Mole Traps in 2022 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Not only do moles mess up your yard, but they can also leave dangerous holes and craters all over the place. While there are many options to try, many people find that they have no choice but to start using mole traps. Most of these will quickly kill the mole and help control the problem. With so many options, it can be hard to find the one that works best. Since that’s the case, here are 5 of the best mole traps that are available on the market today.

 

The 5 Best Mole Traps

1. Wire Tek 1001 EasySet Mole Eliminator Trap

This trap is a more updated version of the original scissor-jawed type of trap. It’s extremely easy to set up and can be done so in just minutes. All you do is find an active tunnel and look for a straight spot. Once you do that, you push on the pedal to make the jaws come apart and move it around a little bit to get the earth to move. The final step is to position the trap so it’s slightly underground and in a way that makes the pedal be just a little bit above the ground. Cover it with dirt to make sure the moles don’t realize what it is and you’ll be catching them in no time!

For the most part, this is a pretty good trap. It can be easily set up and you can remove any dead moles quickly. If need be, you can also reuse the trap. Keep in mind, if you don’t set it up correctly, it won’t work the way it should. The moles will also be able to tell something is off if it isn’t hidden well. The only other issue is that smaller moles can escape before the trap closes all the way.

Overall

This trap is a great option. If you’re looking for something that can be set up quickly and can easily take care of your mole problem, then this might be the answer to your situation. It might take a little time and patience, but you should be catching moles in no time. The most important thing to remember is that you need to follow the instructions exactly.

Pros
  • Very effective
  • Easy to setup
  • Made of sturdy steel
Cons
  • It’s a bit expensive
  • The trigger can be covered by dirt and stop working easily

2. Victor 0631 Out O’Sight Mole Trap

Just like some of the other traps on the list, this one is another scissor-jawed type that’s more updated and sophisticated. This particular trap is made from sturdy metal that stands up to the weather and has a lot of use. The jaws of the trap are also malleable, so it shouldn’t crack or break if it gets bent out of shape. The great thing about the trap is that it comes completely assembled. With that said, though, it can be a little difficult to set up, so you want to make sure you follow the instructions correctly and thoroughly while setting the trap.

While this trap is a great option, one thing to be aware of is that it takes quite a bit of strength to set. If you don’t have the required strength, you can easily snap your fingers in the teeth of the trap. This could result in bruised or broken fingers. With that being the case, it’s probably best that at least 2 people are there while setting the trap.

Overall

As long as you have someone who can help you set the trap up or if you have a decent amount of strength, then this could be a fantastic option for you. It should help get rid of your moles pretty quickly and you should notice a difference in just a few weeks. Like the other traps, make sure you read the instructions thoroughly.

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Pros
  • It’s made from iron
  • It is one of the most effective
  • It’s affordable
Cons
  • It can hurt the person setting it if they aren’t careful
  • It can be set wrong if the instructions aren’t followed carefully

3. Cinch Traps – Medium Mole Trap Kit

This kit comes with 2 traps, flags, and a complete set of instructions. The trap is about 12 inches long and is great for tunnels that are around 2 1/4 inches around. It’s also one of the traps that are most used by professionals because it works extremely well. It’s very easy to use. All you have to do is place it in the tunnel and place a flag wherever the trap is at. Since the flag tells you the exact location, you’ll be able to go out and check the trap every day to see if it needs to be emptied or reset.

The design of the actual trap works well, but there are a few issues that you should be aware of. For starters, smaller moles can easily escape before the trap does its job. There’s also a chance that medium-sized moles can escape. The other big issue is that it tends to bind up when the trigger gets set off. This can be fixed by drilling bigger holes, but it can be a pain.

Overall

In terms of recommendations, this could be a great option for those that have larger moles. Since the smaller and medium moles can easily escape, it’s not really effective at eliminating them. Also, as long as the user has the tools to drill the bigger holes, they shouldn’t have any issues with it binding up or getting stuck once it gets triggered.

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Pros
  • It comes with easy to read instructions
  • It comes with flags and 2 traps
  • It’s used quite a bit by professionals
Cons
  • It can be difficult to figure out and set up
  • It’s not great for catching smaller moles

4. GopherHawk Trapping Set

This trap is a little bit different from the other traps on the list. Not only is it the only one that uses a spike application, but it’s also one that doesn’t require you to come into direct contact with the dead mole. You also don’t have to do any digging and you can do all your trapping from above ground. There’s no need to use anything like bait, chemicals, or poison. This results in less harm coming to your pets or family. While these are effective, they aren’t as effective as the other traps listed here. It’ll take a little time to figure out, but you should be able to eliminate at least a few moles.

Out of the traps on this list, this particular one doesn’t work as well. While it definitely does the job, it can take quite a bit of time and patience. Unfortunately, the GopherHawk trap needs to be placed in very strategic locations in order to get the mole. Another issue is that dirt can easily set the trap off and make the yellow indicator pop up.

Overall

If you’re looking for something that will do the job, but you aren’t really worried about a timeline, then this could be a good option. You’re going to need a lot of patience and you’ll need to check the trap every day, but it’s a good trap overall. In order to cut down on faulty trips, make sure you read the instructions carefully and thoroughly.

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Pros
  • It’s affordable
  • You don’t have to touch the mole
  • You don’t have to do any digging
Cons
  • It is not made from metal, only plastic
  • It’s not the most effective trap

5. Relaxdays Catch and Release Live Mole Trap

This particular trap is one that doesn’t actually kill or harm the mole in any way. With this being the case, you need to have a location that’s far from your home where you can relocate the moles. If not, the problem isn’t going to be solved. While this is the most humane trap on the list, it’s also one of the ones that are not the most effective. If the humane aspect is the most important thing to you, then this is a great option. The trap consists of 2 parts that snap together and it has a plastic flap on both sides that can only be opened from the outside, which helps prevent the moles from escaping.

The 2 big issues that this trap has been that smaller moles can easily get out and you have to have somewhere away from your home that you can relocate the moles to. Other than that, this is a nice trap that does what it needs to.

Overall

If you don’t mind possibly not catching smaller moles and you have somewhere for relocation, then this might be a great option for you. Relaxdays trap might take a little patience, but you should be catching moles in no time!

Pros
  • It doesn’t kill or harm the mole
  • It is easy to use
  • It’s affordable
Cons
  • It is not very effective
  • You need to have somewhere for relocation

Best Mole Trap – Buyer’s Guide

Before going out and buying a mole trap, there are a few things you need to think about. Not only will these things help ensure you get the trap that works best for your needs, but it will also help you make the right decision. Keep reading to see some of the things that need consideration when buying these traps.

Type

The first thing you want to figure out is which type of trap you want. The important thing is that it takes care of the moles without making them suffer. You also want to consider what size moles you have because some traps aren’t good for smaller ones, while others should work fine.

Ease of Use

Next, you’ll want to consider the ease of use. The majority of mole traps are extremely easy to use, but others are a little more difficult. Some can be set by yourself, while others will need more than one person. It’s important to consider who can and will help you or if you’ll be setting the traps alone.

Number of Traps

You’ll want to figure out how many traps you need. No matter what, you should have at least 2 traps set. These can be reused as needed. If you have a large mole population, you’ll want to add several more. It all really depends on you and how fast you want the issue taken care of.

Effectiveness

Obviously, one of the most important aspects of a mole trap is how effective it is. The whole point of setting a trap is to get rid of the moles and take care of the problem. Some traps will work for any kind of mole, while others aren’t great for ones that are smaller. Make sure you check and see how effective the trap is before buying.

Price

Finally, you’ll want to consider the price. Some traps can be relatively cheap, while others will cost more than $60 apiece. If price isn’t an issue, then you should buy the one that meets your needs the most. On the other hand, if you only have so much you can spend, you’ll want to find the most effective trap in your budget.

FAQs About Moles

When it comes to mole traps, there are a lot of questions that people have. The good news is that they can be easily answered, so you don’t have to wonder! With that said, here are a few of the frequently asked questions that people frequently have about mole traps.

  • What Types of Mole Traps Are Available?
    There are 4 main types of mole traps available on the market. They all work in different ways and some are better for certain situations than others are.
    1. Scissor-Jawed These traps look exactly like scissors. When the mole goes into the trap, it closes around the body and takes care of it quickly. Many professionals recommend this type and it's considered the most-effective trap in several different situations.
    2. Harpoon The way harpoon traps work is by taking a spike and driving it through the mole using a spring when the trap is activated. While this is also effective, smaller moles can easily avoid the spikes and get out.
    3. Choker Choker-type traps have small loops that tighten around the body of the mole when the trap is activated. While these are the safest type for the person trying to set the trap, it's not the greatest at taking care of moles. It can do well, but most of these traps can result in moles being able to easily escape.
    4. Live/Release These are traps that catch the mole and let you release them without harming or killing them. These are good for those that want to relocate the mole without actually hurting them. Keep in mind, if you don't have somewhere for relocation, releasing a mole can result in the issue continues to happen.
  • How to Trap Moles Effectively?
    When looking at how to trap moles effectively, there are a few things to keep in mind. These things will help ensure that you get as many moles as you can and minimize the chances of you wasting your time. Some of the things you should do are listed below.
    • Cover the trap with dirt so the mole doesn't know what it is and gets suspicious.
    • Try and only dig a small area for the trap because moles will be able to tell if large portions of the tunnel have been disturbed.
    • Try and find a tunnel that's frequently used instead of one that's been abandoned.
    • Put dirt around the part of the trap in the ground so the mole doesn't feel that it's something other than dirt.
  • When to Set Mole Traps?
    The best times to set mole traps are in the spring and fall because that's when moles are most active. Keep in mind, it's best to avoid setting traps in early spring because that's when the mothers have babies. The last thing you want to do is kill a lactating mole and let the babies suffer and starve to death.
  • How Many Traps Do I Need?
    While it depends on how many moles you have, you should try to have at least 2 traps. The great thing is that they can be easily reused when needed. If you have a really large mole population, you might want to get several to ensure you can take care of the issue.
  • Are Mole Traps Dangerous to Pets?
    The good news is that mole traps are partially buried underground, so they shouldn't be harmful to your pets. If you're nervous, though, try and add a little bit more dirt so your pet won't be as curious.
  • Do I Need to Bait the Traps?
    You can easily catch moles without baiting the traps, but you could use grubs or earthworms if you wanted to.
  • Can the Traps be Used for Voles or Gophers?
    Unfortunately, you'll need to look for a completely different kind of trap if you have a vole or gopher problem.
  • Do I Need to Use a Bucket?
    While it's not essential to use a bucket, many people choose to use one to put over the trap and keep any sunlight out.If you've tried everything and have decided that you need to set some mole traps, then these options are great choices. Keep in mind, you should make sure you try everything else first because the majority of mole traps will kill the mole and you want it to happen quickly and painlessly. There's no right or wrong answer, so make sure you choose the trap that will meet your needs the best.
  • List of Sources

    1. Pierce R.A., Controlling Nuisance Moles. University of Missouri Extension.
    2. Henderson F. R., Moles. University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
    3. Crowcroft G. and P., The life of the mole. London Museum Press.
    Franklin Jones
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