Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Moles


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-02-2010, 07:12 PM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 7
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default Moles

So I'm at one of my customers, and I just finished setting the last of 5 mole traps in their back yard and I hear one of the others go off. I thought to myself it was just a misfire and I'll go reset it. I think I have broken a personal record for the quickest catch of a mole ever. Less than 5 minutes. So, I'm removing him from the trap and getting ready to reset it and the one not 25 feet from me goes off too. Before all is said and done I had 3 moles in the first 2 hours. Unfortunately, this is a 2 acre job and this is just the beginning, but if I can catch em' this fast, this job should be over pretty quickly. Unfortunately, it started raining before I caught anymore, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow before I can expect to get anymore. This is kind of a blessing and a curse because I have to reset them fairly quickly in order to catch the others that are using the run, and I also have yards to mow, so I may have to hire someone to just drive around all day checking and resetting my traps...the plus side is it's an extra $50 a week in my pocket. Woo-hoo!

Kendrick
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Picture 002 (Large).jpg (130.6 KB, 13 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 003 (Large).jpg (110.2 KB, 15 views)
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-02-2010, 07:20 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
You should put the dead moles into a plastic bag with your business card stapled on, write,

"we offer to set traps to get rid of rodents!"

You could also glue some googly eyes on them just for fun!

(they do this in Mexico, I'm not kidding!)


That's pretty neat though, you'd think MINIMUM about week the trap would go off, that is pretty swift! Awesome!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-02-2010, 07:26 PM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 7
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

Breeze you may be on to something...I could set the googly eyed moles right next to the pile of money with the googly eyes and incorporate saving a bunch of money by switching to my company. HAHA! If I get rich, I'll split it with ya for the idea!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-02-2010, 08:34 PM
mzlawncare's Avatar
mzlawncare mzlawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 80
Rep Power: 6
mzlawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

nice german sheperd kdexpd
__________________
Cubcadet ztr
husquvarna blower craftsman professional series trimmer w/ homade harness
60 gallon fimco pull type sprayer
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-02-2010, 08:45 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

You need to cure what they are eating and almost always it's grubs, Nematodes will wipe grubs out in 48 hours and the moles will move on.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-02-2010, 09:18 PM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 7
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

Well Andy, grubs are only half of the moles main diet. Earthworms are the other. I have a customer who has hired me to do mole removal, but hired another lawn service to apply a poison, who told him he needed to kill all the grubs and earthworms. I had to laugh because without earthworms, your lawn would be pretty unhealthy due to the poor natural fertilizers earthworms produce, not to mention the soil compaction they help prevent. He is apparently going to have this "service" performed by the other guys, and I told him it was a scam, but he has bought into their BS. We'll see what happens. Moles are carnivorous and do not eat pellets or "peanuts", thus making them useless. I have had more customers swear by the "peanuts" and poison fake earthworms, however they have ended up calling me in to solve the problem in the end. I would rather pay someone to come in and trap the problem and know it's working because I can see the physical evidence, rather than paying double or triple to have a bunch of chemicals dumped on my lawn which is going to hurt more than help, and not provide any proof it ever worked. Poisons will deter a mole, however, it will only tunnel around where you applied it and keep damaging the turf. Scientific research has proven that trapping them is the only way to completely remedy the problem.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-02-2010, 09:21 PM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 7
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks mzlawncare. He's half German Shepherd and half Rotweiller. He used to be my K-9 unit back in the law enforcement days. Had to retire him because he got hit by a car and it broke his hips. Now he's been promoted from sniffing drugs to sniffing moles..haha!

Kendrick
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-02-2010, 09:36 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kdexpd View Post
Thanks mzlawncare. He's half German Shepherd and half Rotweiller. He used to be my K-9 unit back in the law enforcement days. Had to retire him because he got hit by a car and it broke his hips. Now he's been promoted from sniffing drugs to sniffing moles..haha!

Kendrick


I wish my dog was useful...

All he does is bark bark bark...

All I do now is say, "GO LIE DOWN" I say that 1000 times a day.

It's now pronounced, "GRR-LUH-DUH!!!"
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-02-2010, 11:14 PM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 7
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

I hear ya Breeze. I had a Doberman for a control unit that when I was training him, I used a mild shock collar. It sounded kinda cruel to me when it was presented to me as an option, however it only took about a day and a half for him to turn out to be a very well trained dog. I would warn him by saying "no bark" and then just push the button. I'd say it again right after and he learned very, very quickly. After a few days, all I had to do was just put it on him and he knew...didn't even have to take the controller with me anymore.

Kendrick
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-03-2010, 04:45 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It sounds like you really had a successful day with that!

How should a lawn care business owner go about estimating such services?

If these traps are working so fast, how do you handle it? Do you just hand out there until things slow down a bit?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
getting rid of moles FourSeasons Community Assistance 4 12-12-2007 11:49 PM
Controlling Moles tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 04-23-2006 08:57 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
First big mower decision?
SGL1
Today 08:58 AM
Today 08:58 AM
by SGL1
0 8
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Today 08:43 AM
by biglee
28 2,367
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 160
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Today 08:29 AM
by biglee
5 129
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Today 08:25 AM
by SGL1
11 506
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Today 05:35 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 141
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Today 12:18 AM
by lxarth
7 179
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 11:56 PM
by lxarth
8 282
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 11:42 PM
by lxarth
15 3,413
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
Yesterday 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 214
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Yesterday 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 214
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Yesterday 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 175
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Yesterday 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 330
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 68
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 479
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,539
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 301
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 179
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,653
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 306
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 133
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 211
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 129
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 121
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,063
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 831
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 466
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,556
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 261
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 302
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,603
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 179
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 551
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 278
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 479
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 351
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,307
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,024
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 203
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 859
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 281
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 982
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 496
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,709
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 288
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,128
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 635
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 356
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 358
new equipment
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:12 AM
03-16-2015 03:07 PM
by Steve
7 369
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new mower ordinance patio install per hour service scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:31 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:31 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy