Real Vets-as opposed to girlymen Vets- are renowned for having the gitterdone gene. We also are endowed with a desire to live life vicariously. We are easy to spot due to large numbers of scars and being on a first-name basis with most folks down at our local hospital emergency room. You know who you are. You’re the guy/gal whose arms look like junkies from so many tetanus shots.
What I’m about to show you is not widely known or practiced but is virtually guaranteed to rid you of these pesky critters in short order. The ingredients are elementary for most of us. Please check with local codes so as not to be arrested for utilizing explosive devices in controlled areas such as playgrounds.
1) Heavy duty wet/dry vacuum cleaner
2) Propane bottle and associated hose paraphernalia
3) Flamethrower or similar device such as a roofing torchdown tool or weed burner. In lieu of this we advocate a 5-foot long ignition device over a simple Bic lighter.
Let us proceed.
Step 2) Vacuum out the pile of dirt to expose the tunnel in the incoming direction. Make sure it’s clean and open enough to insert the propane hose.
Step 3) Insert the propane hose about 6-10 inches into the hole
Step 3) Backfill carefully to prevent backflow and tamp down firmly.
Step 4) Turn on propane tank at about 1/3 gallon an hour to flood the entire length of the tunnel(s). Propane gas is heavier than air and will naturally sink to the lowest chambers first. Since the moles are not too highly evolved, they do not recognize that stinky smell of Mercaptan nor the gradual loss of oxygen being supplanted with the propane.
Step 5) (Optional) Using the vacuum cleaner after a suitable period, remove the excess dirt around the entry again. Hook up your ignition device and stand on the back side of the hole facing away from the entry so as not to be in a direct line when ignition occurs. Safety glasses and ear protection are suggested. Protect windows and cars in a direct path from the hole with suitable protection such as a sheet of plywood. Small rocks launched with great velocity and broke things the first time I did this. Knowledge is power and saves on repair bills.
Step 6) Approach mole hole cautiously with lit ignition device. Hold lit flamethrower near entrance to hole until propane gas ignites. We suggest turning on the No Smoking light prior to this step.
Step 7) Repeat as necessary until mole infestation abates.
I use a weed burner that throws a flame approximately 8 feet. I have still experienced singed arm and eyebrow hair hence my suggestion to stand behind the hole’s entrance.
Bon chance with your hunting endeavours.
P.S. I forgot to add this. If your equipment is in good order, you can turn the propane bottle upside down and inject liquid propane directly in much faster and with far more interesting results. See below.