Talpirid Kills Moles

Last updatedLast updated: July 13, 2022
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Worm Shaped Bait for Killing Moles in Their Tunnels

Talpirid has been scientifically designed and tested to mimic a mole’s natural food source.  Moles may consume a lethal dose in a single feeding.  Granular mole baits rely solely on an attractant to trick nuisance moles into feeding on baited material.  Talpirid looks and feels like a worm and is further enhanced by new attractants that has an attractive smell for hungry moles.Talpirid Worm Shaped Mole Bait

Talpirid Use Restrictions    
Application of Talpirid Mole Bait

Ordering Information

The presence of moles may be indicated by a network of subsurface runways in the turf or by a series of conical mounds of earth pushed up from deep burrows.  Subsurface runways are indicated by raised ridges of vegetation and soil caused by moles foraging for food just below the soil surface.  These runways are especially noticeable when the grass above them turns yellow.  Conical mounds may be indicative of the location of deeper main underground runways.

Talpirid Use Restrictions

Talpirid may only be used in lawns, parks, around homes, golf courses, ornamental gardens, nurseries and other non-crop grassy areas to control eastern moles (Scalopus aquaticus,) star-nosed moles (Condylura cristata) or Scapanus spp.  This bait must be applied underground in either main underground runways or in subsurface feeding tunnels.  This bait may not be used above ground.  Wear gloves when bait is handled.  Read and follow all label instructions.

Application of Talpirid Mole Bait

SUBSURFACE RUNWAYS:  Talpirid has been specially designed to mimic the natural food sources of the mole.  To achieve maximum effect, Talpirid should only be placed in areas used habitually by moles for feeding.

ESTABLISHING INITIAL ACTIVITY:  Use your finger, small wooden dowel or a narrow rod to puncture a hole in the top of subsurface runways.  Be careful not to crush runways.  Mark opened runways and revisit them 48 to 72 hours later.  Runways that have had holes resealed within 72 hours should be baited.

BAITING ACTIVE RUNWAYS:  Make a hole in the top of the runway with a rod slightly larger than the diameter of the bait.  Drop one worm into the runway, using the rod to push any exposed worm completely into the runway.  Carefully reseal the runway with a small amount of dirt to exclude light.  Repeat bait application every 5 to 10 feet of each active subsurface runway.

DETERMINING BAITING RESULTS:  Five (5) to 7 days after bait application, check for mole activity using the same procedure for determining initial mole activity.  Return 48 to 72 hours later and retreat all active runs.

Conical Mounds:
Moles construct deeper tunnels that are not visible from the surface.  These deep tunnels systems are often marked by a series of conical mounds (piles of dirt) 4 to 12 inches high formed when dirt is pushed to the surface when moles construct these tunnels.  To locate deep tunnels, push a probe, such as a broom handle, into the soil between mounds.  When the probe enters a tunnel, the resistance on the probe will decrease rapidly.  Mark opened tunnels and revisit them 48 to 72 hours later.  Runways that have had holes resealed within 72 hours should be baited.
Deep Tunnels
To bait deep tunnels, drop one Talpirid worm through the probe hole, using the probe to push the bait completely into the tunnel.  Cover the hole with a piece of sod, a small rock or a piece of newspaper to allow for visual inspection.  Repeat bait application every 5 to 10 feet of each active deep tunnel and within 5 feet of each active conical mound.  Check for the effects of treatment 5 to 7 days after bait application using the same procedure for determining tunnel location.  Return 48 to 72 hours later and retreat all active tunnel systems.

Talpirid Ordering Information
Each box of Talpirid mole bait contains 2 packs, with each pack containing 10 baited worms. (20 worms total per box) A typical application requires 10 worms.
Cannot be shipped to CA, NC, HI, AK.

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