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Please Help Me Understand How Moles Behave

last year
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I have a mole infestation in a succulent garden, and it's quickly getting out of control. What I am finding every day is a pile of dirt in random locations. Assuming that there must be a mole hole below that, I scoop off the dirt, but there is never any hole under the pile. It looks like this thing is dragging dirt across the garden and building piles of dirt as it goes. How do these things behave, and how do I locate the burrow hole to plant a trap?

The photo below has a circle in red where the latest pile of dirt was located. I had already removed most of that before taking the photo, but you can clearly see brown dirt against the white pumice on the soil around it.

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