How to Trap Moles in My Basement

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Things You'll Need

  • Mole traps

  • Earthworms

Controlling moles in a basement does not have to be a hard process. Avoiding chemicals to kill the rodents is not as popular as it once used to be. It is considered inhumane and dangerous to other animals you might not want to kill with the poison. Trap moles in your basement using kill traps or non-kill traps and use a mole's favorite food to do it.


Step 1

Place an earthworm onto the bait hook on the kill trap or place two or three earthworms in a no-kill trap. Regardless of the trap you use, the earthworm will not be able to escape.

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Step 2

Find areas in your basement where a mole might enter or hide. Look for small holes or cracks in the foundation wall. Look for doors with cracks between the bottom of the door and the floor. In addition, look for areas with excrement. These areas might include piles of clothes or bedding.

Step 3

Set the trap and it next to the areas you identified.

Step 4

Check the traps daily and replace any dead worms. Keep in mind that kill traps work like mouse traps. When removing the dead worm to replace it, take steps to avoid setting the trap off to avoid injury.


When using kill traps, lock the basement door to keep children out of the basement. If you have a pet door, block it off. The trap will not know distinguish between a mole, a child’s hand or a pet’s leg.


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