We have been invaded. We are at war.
Our roommate has decided to take a possessive interest in taking care of the lawn. He has purchased grass seed, fertilizer and lawn care implements. This is also our first summer in this house without our beloved Daisy dog.
Moles have moved in to our yard. The mounds of gravely dirt began appearing in the front yard and quickly spread to the back yard.
This happened once before many years ago but I made use of a quick kill buried trap for the front lawn and while we had Daisy, the mighty mole killer, no mole survived to create more than one or two small mounds in the backyard before she found them and dug them up. The poor creatures were then proudly presented to my wife as an offering of love.
This summer though, with cancer having taken our furry protector, the invasion had no one to repel it until our roommate got involved. Being a modern enlightened man loath to harm animals he refused the use of my kill trap and began to battle with deterrents.
Solar powered buzzing stakes now decorate our yard going off at odd intervals in a failed attempt to make our yard a less than welcoming place to our underground invaders. This did not work.
When the mounds continued to appear our roommate moved to mole repellent pellets. At that point he didn’t want to kill them just encourage them to move on. Since the roommate works nights this was applied (with a special spreader he bought just for this) after his shift, in the dark, with a head lamp. This also didn’t work.
The roommate then did a deep dive into research regarding the mole lifestyle and habitat. I didn’t know this but evidently moles eat all the grubs in an area then move on. The roommate applied Grub killer to the yard which promised to keep grubs away for 10 years. This also did not work.
The roommate has given up on non-lethal methods at this point but was still clinging to the hope that there is an answer to these invaders in nature. He refused the use of my quick kill trap. He has purchased special worms that are evidently poisonous to the moles. There are now little red flag indicating where he put down patches of worms in the lawn. This also didn’t work.
The roommate has now given in to the inevitable and ordered special traps (they are supposedly the better quicker versions of my old one). I’m interested to see if his traps work or if I will come home some day to find him in the yard with dynamite.