January 3, 2007

Mole, Gum Update

Filed under: homeowning — Brian @ 9:21 pm

I had a visitor today from a search engine, looking for “juicy fruit kills moles,” (for which I have the sixth non-paid hit) so I figure it’s time for an update.

The gum seems not to have killed him, but it may have had a part in changing his behavior. The tunnels in the backyard remain squished – so he’s not tearing things up back there anymore – but there are lots of new tunnels on the sides of the house. Both sides. (There is a tunnel right up next to the house, through the flower beds, that links the two sides. I did not put any gum in that one, though I will tomorrow.)

So, if I would pay closer attention to this, and be a little more consistent with the application, I think the gum method looks promising.

…if only to move the thing over to my neighbors yards…

Oh – and I was wrong about the grubs not being around this time of year. When I dug the stupid paint can hole, I found several of them there.



  1. I’m also surprised that you found grubs.

    That may be another sign of the end times. ;-)

    Comment by Eric — January 4, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  2. Uh oh.

    If the end times begin with off-season grubs in Ohio, maybe I’ve got another reason to move to Texas.

    Comment by Brian — January 4, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

  3. Yeah, we don’t have grub problems, now that the fire ants have moved in and killed ’em all off. ;-)

    Comment by Eric — January 5, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  4. More gum!

    If this works, I’m ordering a pallet of Juicy Fruit for our own mole/groundhog/capybara infestation.

    Comment by gwynne — January 5, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  5. Alright. I’m back on this. I found another site with some detailed Juicy Fruit Preparation Procedures, from which I’m building undeserved confidence. I’ll have the details as I do it.

    Amd we got that new Costco down the road, so I can buy Juicy Fruit in bulk, now!

    Hmm, Eric. Maybe if I import some fire ants, I can solve the problem naturally. Like how they use zebra mussels in the Great Lakes to natually clog water intake pipes and stuff.

    Comment by Brian — January 6, 2007 @ 7:25 am

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