Directions For Use
TOMCAT MOLE TRAP - Directions For Use
- Step 1: Locating Active Tunnels
- Use a 1/2" dowel or finger to puncture holes in tunnels. Mark holes with lawn flags. Be careful not to crush tunnels.
- Revisit after 24 hours. Sealed holes indicate mole activity.
- Step 2: Preparing to Set the Trap
- Use heel to create 1: indentation for trigger in middle of active tunnel.
- Built in Depth Gauge should fit in indentation to confirm correct depth.
- Use trap jaws to mark tunnel on each side of the indentation made for trigger.
- Use lawn edger or square spade to cut and widen 5" deep slots across tunnel for easy insertion of trap.
- Step 3: Setting the Trap
- Insert trap jaws into slots cut across the tunnel.
- Step straight down on high end of yellow foot pedal. Be careful not to cover the slot in foot pedal.
- Work foot pedal down until trap latches and trigger post comes through trigger slot.
- Use your foot or finger to press trigger post flush with top of foot pedal. The trap is now set.
- Tip 1: Base of trap should be flat on the ground when trap is set correctly.
- Tip 2: If trap will not set - DO NOT JUMP ON TRAP - see Troubleshooting below.
- Tip 3: Poke a hole in tunnel 6" away from each side of trap. After one week, if one or both holes have been sealed and the trap did not spring - see Troubleshooting below.
- Step 4: Mole Capture and Removal
- A raised foot pedal indicates a capture.
- Set trap on bucket and release mole by compressing pedal with hands.
Moving and Reusing Mole Trap
- If trap has not triggered after a week:
- Trap may be moved to a new location. Place foot lightly on pedal and use dowel to press the safety release button. Trap will spring upwards when latch is released. Remove trap and move to another active tunnel, repeating steps 2 and 3 to reset trap.
- Before storing:
- Trap should be cleaned so dried mud does not interfere with future trap use.
Mole Trap Parts
- Trap won't set:
- DO NOT JUMP ON TRAP to set. This trap will set easily if slots have been cut. If you continue to meet resistance - move trap to another tunnel location.
- Check that the trigger indentation has not filled while trying to set the trap. Repeat making the trigger indentation from step 2.2 inDirections For Use.
- Make sure mud isn't interfering with the catch movement. Clean off trap and try another location.
- Trap won't spring:
- If the trigger post is up 1" above foot pedal - use a spade to pry complete trap up from ground - this should spring the trap. Clean off dirt and mud then move to another tunnel location.
- If you push the safety release button and the trap does not spring: follow the same steps as above.
- When soil is very soft:
- The trap could be pushed too far into the ground. Try to find a firmer location.
- No activity:
- After a week of no activity refer to Moving and Reusing Mole Trap above.