Many of you have probably heard of the popular arcade game, Whac-A-Mole. The game begins with moles popping up and down from 5 different holes. Basically, the object of the game is to force the individual plastic moles back into their holes by hitting them directly on the head with a mallet.
Whack-A-Mole is a popular and fun game. However, it is not at all fun when you are playing it in real life with live moles in what was once your beautifully landscaped yard. FW and I realized we had a varmint problem when we were installing the underground electric dog fence (I'll save that for another post). We saw with our own four eyes something rumbling beneath the ground and pushing the earth upwards as it tunneled through the yard.
Have a look for yourself:
I got a good photograph of it too:
It truly is a hairy animal:
Oh wait...I'm not so sure this is a mole...
Oh yes, now I see. This is not the mole at all. It is the filter for the shop vac filled with dog hair....(FW threw the filter in the woods that borders our property to clean it and then he forgot about it.)
It is not likely that I will ever catch of glimpse of this 7-inch-long underground varmint with large front paws and beedy eyes, as it rarely comes to surface. But I do need to have a plan of action to rid the mole(s) from my yard altogether. This rat-sized critter is ruining our landscape and the underground fencing system we just installed! I can tell you that "whacking the mole" with my foot did not work. My next plan is to have a stakeout with
my FW's shot gun and when I see the ground move....KA-BOOM! Of course, I might make the local newspaper headlines: "Church Lady Shoots Hand Off Trying to Rid of Innocent Mole".
Unless you could offer up a humane way to rid of this pesky critter?