Using Mole and Gopher Traps
How to Use A Tomcat® Mole Trap
Get tips and step-by-step instructions on how to use a Tomcat® Mole Trap.
Set Up Takes Just a Few Simple Steps
The Tomcat® Mole Trap offers speed and safety in controlling moles. This specially designed "hands-free" mole trap is fast and easy to place and set. Learn how to use the Tomcat® Mole Trap along with additional tips.
How to Use a Tomcat® Mole Trap
Tips & Troubleshooting
1. If the trap won’t set:
- DO NOT JUMP ON IT! If slots were cut in the tunnel, the trap should set easily. If you continue to meet resistance, move the trap to another tunnel location.
- Check that the trigger indentation has not filled in with soil while you tried to set the trap. Make the trigger indentation again and then continue to reset the trap.
- Make sure mud isn’t interfering with the trap’s catch movement. Clean off the trap and then try setting it in another location.
2. Poke a hole in the tunnel 6-inches away from each side of the trap. After one week, if one or both of the holes have been sealed and the trap didn’t spring check the trigger post. If it is up 1-inch above the foot pedal, use a spade to pry the trap up from the ground which should spring the trap. Clean off any dirt and mud then move the trap to another tunnel location and reset.
3. If you push the safety release button on the trap and it doesn’t spring, follow the same steps as above.
4. If the soil is very soft, the trap could be pushed too far into the ground. It is better to set the trap in a location with firmer soil.
Moving & Reusing
If there has been no activity after a week move the trap to a new location. To release the trap, place your foot lightly on the pedal and a use dowel to press the safety release button. (The trap will spring upwards when the latch is released.)
Before storing, the trap should be cleaned so dried mud does not interfere with future trap use.