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Reader Response: Mole problem

We had a terrible mole problem when we lived in CT until I tried a technique I'd read in an article somewhere. Buy a large pack of Juicy Fruit gum, roll up individual sticks of gum, and put them into the mole tunnels scattered places through the yard, preferably at junctions in the tunnels, which tend to be heavily used spots. Wear rubber gloves when you unwrap and handle the gum, because the miles can smell human scent and will avoid gum that's been touched with bare hands. According to the article, the moles eat the gum, and it clogs up their digestive tract, so they end up starving to death. (I kind of hated adding that part in case it makes people uncomfortable, but otherwise folks would probably just think the whole idea is a bunch of hooey.) I tried it, and it worked like a charm. I had to do it about once each year in the spring, and my yard was mole-free the rest of the season. Tony Picking Mebane, NC



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