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Compare Smart Solar, P3 Sol-Mate and Bird-X Transonic Solar Mole Repeller Stakes

by Barbara 25. July 2012 07:18

Question about the differences among the Smart Solar Solar Mole and Gopher Chaser Stake, Model 90400RM1, the P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser P7911, P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser, P7912 and the Bird-X Transonic Electronic Mole Gopher Chaser,Solar

Question: "How do these mole stakes differ? I don't know which to purchase. Thanks. Dave."

Answer: Here is a comparison:

Smart Solar Solar Mole and Gopher Chaser Stake, Model 90400RM1:

  1. Construction: metal with solar head.
  2. Area Covered (Max)  7000 Sq. Ft 
  3. Duty Cycle               30 seconds
  4. Frequency   400 Hz    
  5. Vibration/Sound: yes, emits sonic tone every 30 seconds
  6. Insertion:  Moisten dirt, insert stake bottom using board and mallet, put on top and connect
  7. Mow over: No
  8. Warranty: One year from date of sale, by manufacturer.

P3 Sol-Mate P7911: Currently not available (Summer 2013)  

  1. Area Covered (Max)  7500 Sq. Ft    
  2. Duty Cycle               30 seconds   
  3. Frequency   400 Hz 
  4. Vibration/Sound: yes
  5. Insertion: Moisten dirt, dig hole, insert, pack dirt around it.
  6. Mow Over: No

Bird-X Transonic Electronic Mole Gopher Chaser,Solar

  1. Construction: metal stake except for point and solar panel 
  2. Area Covered (Max) 7800 Sq Ft. 
  3. Duty Cycle    20 seconds
  4. Frequency   800 Hz 
  5. Vibration/Sound/Flashing Light:     All 3, Emits bursts of sound and vibration every 20 seconds, to repel underground intruders
  6. Light flashes every 5 seconds, to deter critters above ground
  7. Insertion: Moisten dirt, dig hole, insert, pack dirt around it.  
  8. Mow Over: No
  9. Warranty: 6 Month by Bird-X             

P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser, P7912

  1. Construction: PVC plastic tube
  2. Area Covered: Up to 7500 sq. ft
  3. Duty Cycle: 2 seconds on, 30 seconds off
  4. Frequency: 400+/- Hz
  5. Solar Panel: 4.3V20mAH.
  6. Battery: 1 AA Fe-Li 3.2v250mah (included) Note: Battery is long lasting but can be replaced if fails.
  7. Power supply: 2.4V DC
  8. Mow Over Design, if properly inserted into ground: dig hole, insert stake with solar panel at ground level
  9. Operating Time: up to 4 days without recharge
  10. Dimensions: 12 1/2" X 3 1/8"
  11. Weight: less than 1 pound
  12. Warranty: 6 months from date of purchase by manufacturer

Please click through on the links for more details. The Smart Solar is the easiest to insert.
Thanks for your question. Remember for serious infestations of moles and gophers, the best approach is to use several products at once. Adding the Mole Scram Natural Mole Repellent, 10 Lb. Bag or Scoot Mole, 32 Oz. Hose End Spray Applicator will help get rid of these pests faster. Also make sure you do not have grub worms, the mole favorite.

    Sincerely, Barbara

Change Mole Chaser Batteries in Spring to Keep Moles and Gophers Away

by Barbara 9. April 2011 11:40

Question about the vibrating metal mole chaser stake or the Original P3 green PVC mole chaser stakes

Q: "How long do batteries last in the solar and the metal battery powered mole stakes? When should they be changed? Thanks. Peter"

Answer: D cells batteries that power the P3 International Mole Stakes last 4 to 6 months. If you use the Supersonic Mole Stakes, there is a power saver feature once the moles are gone that increases battery life. We recommend only alkaline batteries. For the solar mole stakes, listen for the almost silent vibrating sound. If there is none, the reasons may be either that the unit is not getting enough sunlight or that the solar battery needs replaced. We sell D cells but not the solar batteries.

We recommend you test or listen to your units every spring if you are in the northern part of the USA or at least ever 4 to 6 months in warmer regions. One year I did not. One warm January day, I saw mole runs from the woods behind my 1/3 acre right to the front sidewalk. A rude awakening of "spring." In fact what motivated this article today was that I thought the same thing, It is warm in Iowa even though it is only April 9 and it is time to go and listen.

With the P3 battery units, you just pull out the battery tube, slip in new batteries and then put the cap on. I learned with my solar outdoor lights that local stores, at least in Iowa, don't carry the solar batteries in the winter! So take out a battery if you have the Smart Solar Mole Stakes or the P3 International Solar Mole Stakes and check them out now. The Smart Solar takes a battery pack so match the numbers against internet numbers. The P3 takes a AAA NiMH 600 mAh.

Thanks for the question and the reminder.



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Trapping Gophers Safely with Black Box Gopher Traps

by Barbara 16. January 2010 15:53

Question about the Victor Black Box Gopher Traps.

Q: " I live in Florida and the gophers are destroying my flowers and shrubs. The trees, I'm sure, are next to go. How do I stop this destruction safely and quickly?And how do I keep them from coming back?

Answer: Getting rid of well-established gophers can take time. That's why eradication needs to begin when the first tunnels are seen. Our customers typically use both the Black Box Gopher Traps which are inserted directly into the tunnels to trap and kill the gophers and the P3 International supersonic mole and gophers stakes inserted directly into the ground (not tunnels) to repel gophers from digging new tunnels. Once gophers are established, the maze of underground tunnels can be so extensive that getting rid of them can take months and months. Momma gophers, like all moms, are unlikely to leave their young: spring and fall are the best trapping times in northern climates.

The Victor Black Box Gopher Traps are best used in pairs. Each trap resembles a small tunnel blocked at the end except for an air hole. The springs are on top of each unit and are set with your thumbs to avoid catching hands in the spring. This is a closed loop snare trap.

    Black Box Gopher Trap Specifications:
  • Outside dimensions: 5.5 inches long by 3.5 inches wide
  • Interior dimensions: 5 5/8 inches long by 2.75 inches wide
  • Choker Loop: approximately 2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches high,
  • Spring assembly (on top on the box), approximately 3 inches from curl of spring to catch and 3 inches between the two spring units.
  • Vent hole in rear of trap: approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.

Gopher trapping can be done at any time of year, but generally is easiest and most effective during Spring & Fall. Once gopher activity is detected it is important to move quickly as pregnant females can be caught before giving birth to her family. Traps are most effective when properly placed in the gopher tunnel to snare the unsuspecting gopher in the spring-triggered loop. The hole should be covered up with dirt so that it appears as if the trap is part of the runway. When used correctly, traps produce a catch within 48 hours. It is best to move the trap to another location in the runway if you do not catch a gopher in this time frame.

To install, choose a fresh tunnel, peel back the grass (if in your lawn), remove any soil on top of the tunnel, set two traps (easy instructions are on the boxes) and insert back to back so there are two open ends for gophers to explore. The traps sit on the floor of the tunnel. Repack dirt on top and wait. Check daily. I suggest you wear garden gloves and use a large plastic bag to extract the gopher. Use a garden hose to wash trap off after you empty out the gopher/s. If 3 consecutive days pass and you've caught no gophers, move the traps to another tunnel. If the gopher/s fill the traps with dirt, push a carrot through the holes at the back of the traps, reset and replace the traps.

These trapping tips are from our website where we also have the complete instruction manual: If gopher/s pack trap with dirt. Place carrots in vent holes and reset traps Trap evening and early morning for best results. Wash traps with water after use. After trap has "fired", remove dead gopher from trap and reset in same hole until you've had three consecutive days of no catches.  

Thank you for your question.

Good luck.

Sincerely, Barbara


Getting Rid of Yard Moles, Gophers and Voles Without Poison, Traps or Noise

by Barbara 12. June 2009 11:15

Question about how to get rid of yard moles without poison or noise.

Q: "Once more the moles have invaded my yard and garden beds. The burrows are going everywhere. What suggestions do you have to get rid of them without using traps, poison peanuts or noise?" Thanks. Jack.

Answer: Getting rid of yard moles, voles and gophers is faster if you use several methods simultaneously. Gophers are the most difficult to evict if they've established extensive underground tunnels over some years. Moles eat worms and grubs while they tunnel at grass level. Gophers eat the roots of your plants and shrubs. Voles eat vegetation and snails, etc. All burrow.

Treatment options include liquid sprayed castor oil, known as Scoot Mole, granular repellents like Mole Scram and inserting Vibrasonic vibrating metal mole chaser stakes, Supersonic Metal Mole Chaser Stake with Battery Saver Mode or the Original P3 green PVC mole chaser stakes into solid ground, not the tunnels or burrows themselves. (The noisy Weitech tunnel units are no longer available.) There are also Sol-Mate solar powered mole stakes and Smart Solar Mole Gopher Stakes for flower beds in sunny climates since you cannot mow over them. The Smart Solar product has an advantage in that the unit comes in two pieces. Rather than digging out a hole or trying to force this into the ground, the installer waters the area to soften the soil and then takes a wooden block, covers the pointed metal part and uses a mallet to push the bottom into the ground. Connect the two parts and the unit is ready to go.

P3 International mole chaser stakes operate on alkaline batteries (4 D cells), are waterproof (screw on top), are almost silent except for the hum when they cycle on and can be buried deep enough that you can safely mow over them. (To replace batteries, you unscrew the watertight top, remove the battery sleeve and replace the batteries. Batteries last 4 to 6 months on average.) Initially the pests can mistake the currents of vibration/sound as food source so there may be more activity at first..

Using a grub killer on your lawn as a preventative helps get rid of the moles and also save your lawn from destruction if you are not opposed to chemicals on your yard.

Using both the liquid or granular and the stakes at the same time has the best results. Moles eat their body weight every three days or they dehydrate and die. After a few unpleasant meals plus being irritated by the vibrations or ultrasound, the mole pests begin looking for a fresh food supply. In 1 to 2 weeks, they typically are gone.

Scoot Mole comes in a liquid with or without a sprayer. Refills are available. The downside to this liquid is that you need to have a very long water hose or a several long water hoses connected together to be able to reach all of the area to be treated if it is large. Dragging hose around and spraying is not easy if you have a large area. "BANDING" is recommended i.e. treat a small strip (10-20 feet wide) around the perimeter of a mole-free area.

Mole Scram is a granular formula containing Castor Oil: 15% , Citronella Oil: 0.4997%, Garlic Oil: 0.0003% and Peanut Hulls 84.9%. Depending upon your yard size, you can either sprinkle or put into a rotary lawn spreader. The plan here is to first spread the granules on the area closest to your home. For example, treat the half of the yard closest to your house or garden. Water in for 20 minutes or apply before a storm. (Hopefully you have an irrigation system,lawn sprinklers or have occasional heavy downpours). The next day do the second half and again water in thoroughly. This treatment typically lasts 3 months. The manufacturer states, "Mole Scram has higher concentrations of castor oil that its competition. Plus MoleScram adds garlic oil and citronella oil to the mix. Moles cannot tolerate the garlic odor. The citronella oil helps get rid of bugs, an alternative food moles love. The carrier is ground peanut hulls which releases the oils faster than similar granular mole repellers on the market."

Simultaneous to these topical treatments, insert mole chaser stakes in your yard, once more inserting first those closest to your home or the area you wish to protect. Remember that in heavy clay soils, vibrations are intense in a small area. In sandy soils, the vibrations are less intense. Insert mole chasers accordingly. In a laboratory test, moles typically were gone within 1 to 2 weeks.

My personal experience with the P3 units is 100% positive. We've used the same units for the past 5 years, just replacing batteries. One warm January, the moles tunneled from the woods to the front yard: the batteries were dead and who would expect warm weather in January!

I hope I've given you enough information to decide how to fight your battle.

Thanks. Barbara

Will Supersonic Mole Chasers Affect Dogs or Cats?

by Barbara 23. June 2008 06:26

Question about the Product Code: ES-P3-P7907-4, Four Supersonic Mole Chasers

Q:"Will this product affect dogs or cats in any way?" Bob

Answer: The Supersonic, Vibrasonic and green standard mole chaser stakes that we sell are powered by 4 D cell batteries and vibrate every 15 to 18 seconds. These are mow over units: to install you dig a hole and bury the unit upright so that only the screw on cap is visible above the ground.

Because they are almost entirely buried, the units are barely audible to humans. We've never had any reports of any dogs or cats being affected by them. Perhaps a curious animal might pause near a mole chaser and cock their head when the unit first activates. I have two Boston Terriers who roam the fenced in yard where there are 4 stakes. They have never paid any attention to them, at least never in my presence.

So, the answer is, these devices should not affect a dog or cat.

Thanks for your questions.