While moles and gophers both live in sealed, underground tunnels, there are clear differences betwee[...]
The medium trap is what we use 95% of the time trapping a gopher in the Western United States. We recommend setting two traps on 1-gopher system to create a draft. Cinch traps are set from the surface! The cinch trap relies on air and light triggering an alarm with the gopher or mole that their security has been breached. Do not bury a cinch trap!
We use the small trap for trapping a mole. We highly recommend setting traps under a fresh mound, and by “fresh,” we mean 24-36 hours! Beware, there could be 1 or sometimes 2 additional tunnels leading to the mound, so we recommend having 4-small traps when trapping a mole. Occasionally, we will use a small trap for trapping a juvenile gopher during breeding season.
We designed the 18-inch digging tool to pop the plug in a gopher tunnel, check for forking tunnels, and clearing debris without enlarging the tunnel. The Digging Tool can be used with any manufacturer of trap (Victor Easy Set, Sweeny, Macabee, Gophinator), but we highly recommend using a cinch trap. Whether trapping a gopher or a mole, this tool beats any screwdriver or Hori Hori Garden knife in price and effectiveness.