CINCH Traps Mole Kit

CINCH Traps Mole Kit

4.46 out of 5 based on 140 customer ratings
(140 customer reviews)

$32.99

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Product Description

Our Mole Trap Kit is perfect for the experienced trapper. The kit includes traps, flags and an instructional brochure. If you are new to mole trapping we suggest you order our Deluxe Mole Trap Kit that includes everything in this kit plus an instructional DVD, gloves, maintenance spray and a tool for clearing the tunnel. When purchasing a trap please choose the size that will fit snug into the diameter of the tunnels you have under the mound. *Please note that all CINCH Traps are handmade and can have size variances up to 1/4″.

CINCH Traps Mole Trap Kit Includes:

  • Two CINCH Traps (please see the chart below for sizes)
  • Two yellow lawn flags
  • One instructional brochure

Mole CINCH Traps Sizing:

  • Small: For tunnels approximately 1.5″ inches wide
  • Medium: For tunnels approximately 2.25″ inches wide
  • Large: for tunnels approximately 3″ inches wide

CINCH Traps Size Guide for Moles*CINCH Traps are handmade so there are slight size variances with every unit.

CINCH Traps are the leaders in organic mole control and have been a trusted American brand since 1909. All of our products are built to last year after year from American steel and are manufactured in the USA in Oregon. We take pride in our superior quality and customer service. Remember, if it’s not stamped “CINCH” then it is not the original!

  • CINCH Traps are quality crafted out of durable and long lasting galvanized steel making it simple to trap and kill moles the first time.
  • There is no way a mole will be able to steal this trap, it is designed to have one end wider than the hole so the mole cannot pull it down the tunnel.
  • Designed so you can tell when the trap has been triggered without having to remove the mole. You can easily release the trap and leave the dead mole in the tunnel.
  • Includes lawn flags so you know right where your CINCH Traps are located on your property.

 

140 reviews for CINCH Traps Mole Kit

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Ever since moving into my house 5 years ago, I have been having mole problem in the lawn in almost every spring, because there were lots of moles in my neighborhood. Most of time I just applied repellent purchased from Homedepot and Lowes and it seemed to work well.
    This winter my backyard fence collapsed in the storm, after fixing the fence, I noticed that the moles started to invade my backyard, and soon settled in the lawn. I tried repellent and sonic spike first as usual, nothing worked; then I tried poisonous gasm bait, and Sweeneys plunger mole trap, everything I could find in local hardware store, still no lucks.
    I did lots of online research and came to notice the cinch trap that recommended in this review:
    […]
    I purchased 2 mole traps kits from cinchtraps.com and recieved them in 3 days. I setup 3 traps yesterday afternoon, it took me about 15mins (there was a video on their website). In the evening two traps got fired and killed 2 moles. I removed dead moles and setup 3 traps again. I checked again this morning, none of them got fired. I did not notice any mole activities in my lawn since last night(usually there would be one or two new mole “hills” everyday), so looks like all the moles got killed. It save me about $300, since my local pest control company will charge $99 for setting up the trap, and $100 for each mole trapped.

    Please note that there are two sizes of mole traps: regular one for most states and smaller one for CA. I ordered the regular one since I was not aware of the smaller trap. I came to notice the smaller one after my order was shipped. I was worried and called cinchtrap support, the lady said as long as the trap can fit snugly into the tunnel then it should be fine. It turned out that the regular trap is just slightly larger than the tunnel so I did not have much problem setting them up. So if you are not sure which size is right, you should call them first.

    Update (06/20/2012)
    It has been 2 years and I have caught about ~15 moles in my backyard and frontyard. Overall it is very effective and easy to use. A few updates to my original review:
    – I bought mid-sized traps which are supposed to be larger than the one (small-sized) for CA mole. Most times this seems true because I need to widen the tunnel a bit to set up the traps. However sometimes the tunnel is much wider and I have trouble to catch moles, so I also ordered large-sized traps. I choose the traps based on the tunnel size.
    – The instruction says that you need to dig a big hole in the ground to setup the trap. However I find out that you can set up the trap directly in the tunnel through the opening. So far it works for me.
    – There are more choices on cinchtraps.com and their customer service is excellent.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    These traps work great but make sure if you have pocket gophers like ours here in Oregon, California, and Washington, you get this mole trap. The gopher trap is too big for the pocket gophers and will only catch the largest of them. The mole cinch trap is deadly for the pocket gopher.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I live in Colorado and have had problems with Pocket Gophers for quite some time. We have a pretty big back yard and then my garden beds just beyond the yard and beyond the beds is the rest of the yard that’s not used for anything and is technically an easement belonging to the city but is all fenced in on my property. Behind our row of houses is a huge empty lot that used to be a tree nursery, so we have all sorts of wildlife coming and going through the neighborhood. The gophers set up home in the lot and of course have made their way into our yards. Up until recently they have stayed back in the easement section so I’ve never really been that concerned about them. Over the last couple of years though they’ve been moving closer and closer to my garden, and this year they finally made it up into one of my beds. Prior to this year I had tried gopher bait and smoke bombs, neither of which seemed to work at all.

    I researched quite a bit and saw a few videos of these traps and how great they work. I ordered a set of the mole traps which you should definitely get if you do have pocket gophers as Will stated in his review. They’re smaller than regular gophers, so the mole traps will work great. As soon as I got the traps in, I got started on the first mound. Simply dig around the mound to expose the tunnel like it shows in the instructions and set the traps. If you are going after pocket gophers, they say to then lay a flat board over the hole you dug and then lay dirt around the edges so no light can get through. If you want quick results, skip laying the board altogether and just leave the hole exposed. The gopher will sense that his tunnel has been disturbed since the temperature and humidity will change rather quickly and he’ll immediately come to investigate and re-plug the hole. I had my first gopher within 5 minutes of setting the traps using that method and completely rid my yard of 4 gophers total within the first day! The other piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you set the traps in freshly dug tunnels! That way you’ll know that a gopher is active in there for sure.

    It’s been well over a month now and I’ve had no further gopher activity at all. As far as I know, the methods should be about the same whether you’re going after moles, regular gophers, pocket gophers, or whatever rodents these traps are good for. I do suggest you DO YOUR RESEARCH though to find out exactly what you do have first so you’ll know which type of trap to get and how to properly set them up. If you’re not sure, you can probably call your state, county, or a local university’s Extension Office and they may be able to help you identify your particular foe.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    I bought these traps for pocket gophers per other reviews. However the gopher literally ran across the street and is now digging up the neighbors lawn. A few weeks later we had some heavy rain and I got mole hills. I got a mole in about 12 hours. I had the trigger set about half over the pin and the mole was still alive and just barely snagged. Next time I will set the trigger all the way over the B pin. If you have pocket gophers on the West Coast I am told the mole traps are what you want. If you are trapping gophers you will want a hair pin trigger, triggered just enough that the pin is being held. Moles push dirt ahead of them so you’ll want more give on the trigger.

    ETA, I did catch another mole a few days later and it was dead. I have not had anymore activity but when I do, I’ll be ready!

  5. 5 out of 5

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    The number of mole mounds in my nice front lawn had grown to 12 by the time I completed researching all the various trap styles out there.
    I selected the Cinch Mole Trap Kit and recieved it 2 days after after ordering using standard shipping.
    The traps were set after reading and following the instructions. Checked traps the next morning and found a mole securely trapped and dead, no blood or mess. It is now buried under mound it created and the traps are waiting in my garage for the next brave mole that enters my property.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    I purchased a beautiful home in Southern California and have never been able to enjoy my front and back yards. I wish I could post pics of the gopher holes and mounds they created in my yards. My landscaper dug a hole and showed me a 3-way tunnel. I have an extensive network that goes into my neighbors’ yards on both sides.
    Last weekend, I took my 18 month old niece for a walk on the sidewalk and actually saw a gopher pop his head up. Fed up, I went inside to grab the mole trap (this is the smaller trap you need for California pocket gophers). I set the trap using a concrete step for leverage. I’m terrified of rodents so I asked my mother to place it in the hole. She took a hoe to open up the hole a little, placed the trap in the hole and as soon as she turned to step towards the house “SLAM!” The trap snapped in less than 10 seconds. She thought that maybe the dirt set it off. When she went to remove it started moving. We both screamed and ran up the driveway. We went and got a neighbor who removed it and finished it off with a BB gun. (You determine how sensitive you want the trigger to be and I made it too hairline so the trap went around the face and one claw instead of the neck or body.) He buried it in the hole it came from and I had such a sense of relief. I’ve walked on my lawn which I used to avoid at all cost.
    I came home yesterday and saw a small mound of fresh dirt. I removed the dirt plug, and had my baby sister place it in the hole. I went inside for a couple of minutes. The trap was sprung and I had to call my father to remove it a bury it. I set the trap not so hairline so it was caught around the body. I’ve given it to my next door neighbor who used it successfully in a fresh hole after only a few minutes. We haven’t been covering the holes, but we do check after only a few minutes. We don’t want any other animals (well maybe the opossums because they scare the living *** out of me) to get hurt so we keep an eye out.
    I do tear up when I think about the struggle (more like full out war) I’ve had with these gophers. The traps get easier to set and
    for me have a 100% success rate. I’ve tried various different traps, smoke bombs, castor oil, I even started shopping for a small
    caliber gun. Once I kill enough that I don’t see evidence of gopher activity, I plan on laying vinyl wire down so that I may finally landscape. This page inspired me […] Youtube also hase great videos on how to use these traps.

    *****Update, I purchased another set for my neighbor and now we are living gopher free! I think it helps to leave the dead gophers on the holes. I have never smelled them decomposing, but perhaps other gophers do.*****

  7. 5 out of 5

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    These traps are awesome!!!! I received the mole/gopher traps 2 days ago and I have already got rid of 10 Gophers!!!.I would definitely recommend buying them if you have a gopher problem. I bought the 2 pack to try them out and now that I know that they work I will be buying more.I received another 2 pack on March 29th and I am up to 36 gophers eliminated from my yard.I am so relieved that I no longer have a gopher problem in my yard.It’s been over a year since I last wrote a review for the Cinch Mole Traps. I think I have over 100 kills now. I would probably have more but I think I might have gotten rid of all the gophers in my yard. 2 acres of gopher free lawn. How much would that have cost if I would have hired a professional????HMMMM. I am now the Pro. My neighbors call me to kill gophers for them.

  8. 2 out of 5

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    I bought this to use with midwest moles. Ufnfortunately, the clamps are much bigger than the hole that the mole makes. I have tried making the runs bigger by using the end of a shovel, but the traps seem to just push a lot of dirt into the run. great idea, but the clamps need to be smaller to fit in the runs. I have not had any success since buying. The moles must sense the trap and simply go around.

  9. 5 out of 5

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    I spent months gassing, poisoning and flooding gopher runs in my lawn to no avail. When the little bugger started digging near a newly planted tree, I decided that I needed to try other approaches. Since I live in CA and had a pocket gopher, I used the mole trap based on their recommendation. Note that I said “had” – two days after I set the traps, the pocket gopher was snared. I was concerned that there were others, but after a week of no more digging, I declared victory (knock on wood).

    Highly recommended.

    The springs on these traps are pretty tough. Be careful with them, as I did get nicked up, but once you get the hang of it (go to YouTube to see the videos), these traps are pretty easy to set.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    I received the Cinch traps Thursday and attempted to set them that night, though I wasn’t confident I had found a good location. The moles in my yard weren’t leaving as many obvious mounds and as they usually do apparently. I didn’t catch anything that night.

    However, I moved them to a different location Friday night where I was sure I had found a mound with 2 intersecting tunnels. Caught one! Buried him back in the hole, moved the traps to another site for the 3rd night, caught one again. 2/3 ain’t bad!

    Especially considering I had been messing with these suckers for over a year and tried numerous other traps, grub killer, poison peanuts, you name it, I tried it.

    The Cinch traps work, stop messing with all the other devices and chemicals out there and get some Cinch Traps.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    I bought 4 of these traps locally. I had just moved in to a house with 5 acres and tons of moles. the 65 count is over 2 years. the traps are very durable and should last for many years. only thing is that you have to make a pretty good size hole to fit them in as they need to be in the main runs. other traps I tried that go into a surface run, scored me 4 moles from 2 traps in the same time frame. good hunting.
    UPDATED ON 4/5/13 NOW AT 125 MOLES.
    some tips…remove the wire pins and drill out the holes in the sheet metal so the pins move more freely. I have had them lock up, jamming the cinch from closing. I am now relatively mole free.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    I cannot begin to describe how happy I am with these traps. My quest for effective gopher control started at my local Home Depot. I purchased blood meal deterrent and poison pellets. Neither of them were effective at all. In fact, I worried terribly about the poison because I have 1.5 acres and many dogs and cats frequent the area. Next, I tried the standard claw/spring traps by Victor. They worked, but it was a hassle to dig, attach a string and tie them to a stake, and cover the holes to black all light. My husband and I both hated the way they caught the gophers, too. The gophers were hard to remove and the traps bent and were difficult to set after awhile. Next, I ordered the Victor Black Box traps after reading the reviews on Amazon. I caught three using these, but one was alive in it. The gopher was too small, I think. These seemed good, and much easier to remove the gophers from. However, I had to dig huge holes to fit the boxes in properly. I also needed pieces of wood, carpet, and lots of precision in blocking all the sunlight. There were so many times that I would find those boxes filled with dirt, even with carrots as bait. Such a huge hassle.

    I started to watch videos on You Tube about gopher trapping. I saw several people having success with Cinch Traps. I liked how the traps can be set and left above ground. Not much digging at all! And I noticed that the holes were left open. No light blocking issues, so no wood or carpet pieces. No bait, either. I decided to try them out.

    I went to the Cinch Traps website and I saw the recommendation that California residents should use the mole sized traps. I ordered two Cinch Mole Trap Kits. It took only three days for them to arrive and I excitedly got them out. Boy, the traps are STRONG. I was afraid that I wouldn’t have the strength to set one. I watched some videos on how to set the traps and realized that the ground setting style was the way I could do it. Put on gloves, lay the trap on solid ground or a piece of wood, and it is pretty easy to do. But they are powerful, so be very careful where you place your hands. Do it exactly as they suggest.

    Since I have used these traps, I have killed fifteen gophers, including four yesterday. It is so much easier! I see a new pile of dirt and then dig it out to find the tunnel. It doesn’t have to be the main run – just the most recent hole. I make sure the hole is open and clear using a longer weed puller tool (about 12 inches long). Then I set the trap and place it in. I make sure the cinch fits nicely in the hole and the large plate is above ground. And that’s it! I love coming back to the trap later and looking to see if it’s been triggered. You can tell without any digging – just look at the plate and see if the big metal arm has been released. The dead gopher is so easy to remove, too. Just pull the trigger arm over like you are going to set it again and the gopher slides right out. It’s a powerful and quick kill, too. I bury the gopher right where it died and then move on to another recent dirt pile in another part of the yard.

    I am a 45 year old first grade teacher and mom who is feeling very proud of gopher killing successes. I won’t use another type of trap again.

  13. 5 out of 5

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    I was getting 8-12 new mole-hills each morning. Poison wasn’t working. As a matter of fact it seems like it was more of an aphrodisiac. The more poison the more moles I got. These work and you know it because you can see it with your own eyes. Instructions are not really complete though. When you get a fresh mole-hill get your shovel and dig a 16-20″ plug out all around the hill and set it aside. Locate the two tunnels and put a trap in each one. Don’t cover up with dirt or anything. You want the air moving through the tunnel system. That makes them come and investigate. Also set the triggers on as much as a hair trigger as you can. I had some that got disturbed but not set off to begin with. Most of all be patient. I know some people have said they had the trap go off in minutes but all of mine have taken 24-48 hours. I’ve gotten 4 moles in 4 holes so far and after the first the amount of new mounds each morning was drastically reduced. After you catch the mole just put the plug of grass back and move on to the next one. Happy hunting!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    So here’s my story. First of all, I’ve no particular interest in promoting any particular mole trap. I just want to let folks know what worked (and didn’t) for me.

    About five weeks ago I began to notice that I had a new mole problem in my yard. Two to four new mounds would be noticed each morning. I had a similar problem last year and a `professional’ mole trapper caught one and the problem went away for several months.

    I initially bought two different brands of traps (Mcabee and Victor) and set them out following the manufacturers instructions. Because I have a big lawn and wanted to construct a valid `scientific’ experiment I set out six of each trap in various locations throughout the lawn. Each morning I would check the traps and usually I would see that the traps had been covered by dirt. To me this showed that the holes were active. However, in all these cases the traps failed to trigger despite proof of fresh mole activity.

    I then recalled the brand of trap that the mole trapper from last year had employed. A little internet search showed me that it was the Cinch brand mole trap. I purchased several Cinch traps and, after they arrived, began to incorporate them into my experiment.

    I kept using the Victor and Macabee along with the Cinch traps despite my yard looking like a miniature movie set of a battlefield with mini-craters everywhere. But…success! Two days after beginning use of the Cinch traps I caught the first of three moles. The Victor and Macabee traps continued to be buried, rarely triggered, and never caught anything.

    Three weeks later I still haven’t had moles return. If they do I’ll doubt I’ll use anything but the Cinch traps.

    Analysis: I know some writers swear by other brands and I have no doubt that they have a reason for doing so. They didn’t work me. The Cinch traps did. I’ve also had several other friends, neighbors, and acquaintances relay similar success stories with this particular trap.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Last summer we had a problem with pocket gophers / moles / voles and after a little research ended up buying one of these kits with two traps. Watch the YouTube video on how to set them, and where to dig and you are good to go. Bottom line, they worked great, my only complaint was that I did not have more of them – I sometimes dug into a hole and would find three entrances – so I just had to take my chances on which runs got traps, and I always had more than one trouble area, so I could only tackle one at a time.

    I am not sure why, but this summer we have been absolutely infested with the critters, probably because of all the flooding in our area.

    These traps are not cheap, so I ran to a couple local retailers and bought a few of each kind of trap that they carried. One style were finger removers, and I never did catch anything with them. There was a style that my neighbor uses, and fairly cheap and easy to set, but they did not kill the thing most of the time, and I even ended up losing two traps… I can only assume that they got pulled deeper into the holes (I could not find them!). My neighbor hooks little chains and an an anchor spike to each of hers.

    So I ended up buying two more kits of the Cinch Mole Traps, they are not cheap, but they are worth every penny. First, as long as you wear some leather gloves, you are going to keep your fingers – they are easy to set and place. Second, they kill the critter 100% of the time. If they trip the trap, then they are dead. I really like the idea that the critter did not suffer. Third, I don’t have to worry about something pulling the traps into the ground. Highly recommended!

  16. 5 out of 5

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    These are the only traps I’ve used that actually work.

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Some may already know that gardening can be hard to maintain. Especially when you have a mole to deal with. I came outside to check on my tulips and noticed this mole had up-rooted my flowers. I instantly went to the internet and started to search for ways to remove this destructive rodent. I saw many traps and this point ordered a couple different kinds. I had tried 3 different traps, one being the cinch Mole trap. Out of the 3 traps the only one that worked was this trap. I am highly impressed with how easy it was to set and how fast it caught this mole. I am at ease now that these traps have my back. Nice product!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

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    These traps actually work. I tried the “bombs” and the Maccabee traps, and neither did the trick. I ran across these because I read a research paper done by UC Davis comparing different types of traps and these were shown to be most effective. Few notes:
    – Make sure you get the right size! Call the company and they will help. I live in California and the small traps were effective while the medium ones were to big. If you have to dig around too much, that means the trap is too big.
    – Watch the Youtube video instructions. It is helpful. In the video, it shows the guy checking back in 2 hours and finding a gopher. I was skeptical, but it is about right. The gophers check the holes every couple of hours. If you don’t have one in your trap in half a day, then try another hole.
    – I caught 5 in my little lawn over 1 1/2 weeks. About 1/2 the time, the trap is ignored (I move to another area) or it is sprung when dirt is shove against it. Reset the traps. Otherwise it is successful.
    – Unfortunately, you need to do this constantly because gophers over time will try to move into a vacated lawn area. As soon as you see activity, set the traps. Do NOT wait as it will get more difficult to find a good hole.
    – Get a good Hori-Hori knife to dig out the lawn.
    – Final bit a warning, about 1/2 of the time the gopher is caught but not dead. You will have to figure out how to deal with this

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Just bought a house and spent thousands on landscaping… Damn gopher! Lawn now looks like a war zone with trenches everywhere!

    I tried to get rid of them humanely by using repellents and nothing worked, got fed up and decided these rodents needed to be taken care of.

    Received package 8-24 and set one up on 8-25, to my surprise I caught my first gopher within 1 hour. I love these traps! Don’t forget to also purchase the hori hori digging tool, these two items paired will do wonders for your lawn.

    Back to hunting I will go. Good luck!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Ok, you have gophers doing a mop job on your garden. Well, I’ve tried flooding w/ water, smoking, exhaust fumes, sound probes and even gum… Didn’t work. Used a traditional trap but found it to be a little complicated to set and required more digging to set.

    Welcome “Cinch Traps”. Doesn’t require extensive digging nor staking and is easy to set. As for the gopher, well, I’m very confident the little critter experienced a quick death.

    End result: I’m batting 1000 (3 for 3) w/o any false sets.

    Verdict: Simply the best to rid your garden of gophers.

  21. 5 out of 5

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    I have been having a rough time with pocket gophers this winter. I planted some winter veggies and the gophers ate most of them, including 70 onion starts. I have tried a number of remedies, including things like wrigley’s gum, none of which worked. I actually had a gopher fling the gum out of a hole right at me. LOL

    After I had gophers eat 70 onion starts in my winter garden (all of them!), I was determined to find something that worked. I finally realized that I had to use traps, as I don’t want to use poison, which could harm our animals and the local birds as well.

    The first trap I tried was the Sweeney’s Gopher Trap. We got a two pack and they both fell apart within a few days. I don’t recommend those. Then I tried the Victor Black Box Gopher Trap. That one is better made but after trying for a few weeks to catch a gopher I gave up. I’m passing them along to a friend to see if he has better luck.

    I started researching again and came across these CINCH traps. I like that they’re USA made and seem really good. I ended up buying a three pack directly from the company as I needed the small size trap, for our pocket gophers. I found a few videos on YouTube that showed how to set them – I’m not all that strong and I could do it myself. There’s also a good video there on how to use Cinch traps to surface trap the gophers, and I used that method. The first day I set them up I didn’t catch anything, then I pulled them in for a few days as we were having big rain storms and those flood the gopher holes. Once it dried up, I put them out again yesterday, trying to stick with the newer holes. Went back this morning and after looking at the first two traps – nothing – got to the third and it was sprung. Gopher was history. I have caught three so far. I don’t always get them, and occasionally they back fill the holes, but if you keep moving the traps around you will catch them.

    They are very well made, easy to use and recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

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    I have tried many different devices to rid my yard of moles with limited success. With the cinch mole trap I have removed 8 moles in two weeks. I recommend the cinch trap over any other trap on the market.

  23. 4 out of 5

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    Right out of the box I set the trap in a mole run and the next morning had got one. I’d been trying for several years with a spike trap without results. My only concern going forward is the size of the Cinch. It seems the mole holes are smaller than the set trap. Not sure if that will cause problems in the future, but for moles I suggest getting the mid to small Cinch traps.

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Eliminated the problem mole the first day! Device works as advertised!

  25. 5 out of 5

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    I live on 5 acres and thought my days were out numbered with containing the moles on the property. I had tried many different methods and I felt like this mole knew everything I was trying. Then I received the cinch mole kit, WOW!!! Amazing traps. Caught 3 moles in just the first day I received the traps. Holy cow these traps are good. Thank you cinch traps for such an effective product.

  26. 4 out of 5

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    I recieved the Cinch Trap promptly from Amazon. It was deliivered by UPS around 5pm. I quickly pulled it out of the box and read the instructions. I set the trap above ground and tripped it to see how it operates. Wow! that is a powerful spring by golly. When the trap was tripped the round metal cinches met each other in the middle so it would not close all the way. I took the gizzmo to the shop and ground the square tips into sharp points. That way the cinch halfs wound never butt up against each other again. I dug the hole in a fresh mound. the hole had to be at least 3″ across as the cinch half are that wide when set. this is a good sized hole but not a big deal. This gave me an excuse to us my new Hori Hori knife that I got from Amazon. Glad I got the thing as it really cuts the dirt. I finished the hole about 20 minuets before the sun went down. set the trap and jimmied it to the tunnel pretty much in a 30 to 45 degree angle. No tying it down with anything. No covering the top of the hole. I went in the house for a cup of coffee and then came back out with a flashlight about 30 minuets after putting the trap in the hole……Waalaa! I got Mr. big teeth. He was trophy sized and I wanted to have him mounted and put him in the living room but the Lady of the house put the skids on that idea. I released it easily by moving the spring to the set position and he fell right off. No touching the critter at all. I put him down in his tunnel and gave him a decent burial. The next day the same thing happened and now I am 2 for 2. I am happy that the inventor finally got something right. I am ordering several more for gifts. This is almost like hunting wild game and hope California state doesn’t make us buy tags……………Happy trapping.

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Three weeks in; Ken five, moles zero. Works very well if you do it right and have good soil conditions. Clean the runways of excess dirt and leave your hole wide open; don’t cover it with a bucket or anything, let light and air into the area of the traps and runways.

  28. 5 out of 5

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    Caught two gophers in 10 minutes out of the same hole!! I actually can’t wait until a new hole appears so I can use it again! This is the best weapon against gophers ever and I was able to just drop them into the garbage without touching them. Did I mention it was in my vegetable patch? No chemicals, or pesticides used. All organic :)

  29. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve been using this trap now for about four years. It works every time as soon as the mole puts his little nose on the bar it sets off the trap and he’s a goner. It comes with two traps this way you dig a hole on the tunnel and you set a trap going each direction so whether it is coming or going you will get the Mole.

  30. 5 out of 5

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    This is my first review on Amazon, but I was so impressed with this product, I had to write one. I have used smoke bombs (fun, but not much success), claw traps (interesting, but a lot of work to get them to work just right), and then this product. I tried it out today and bam, I caught my first mole in over 2 years!. I was so excited, I was showing it off. This product is so much easier to use than other traps. You just find a newly dug mound, find the mole’s hole, place the end of the trap in the hole and that is it. You can easily determine if the trap has sprung by simply walking by. You don’t need to dig large holes or place buckets over the hole, or carefully move the dirt around the trap. I set some more tonight and I can’t wait to see the results tomorrow. And, you get two traps to a package. Don’t waste anymore time. Get this trap, it works. There are several excellent videos online that demonstrate the ease in setting up these traps.

    Update – 6/25/13 – I have had these traps for less than a week and I have already caught 6 moles in our yard. Once in a while the moles out smart me and dig around the trap. I eventually reset them and within a couple of hours, I had them. The yard is almost clear. I don’t see any more hills of fresh dirt. Finally, after all three years, I have found a way to rid the yard of these pesky critters.

  31. 2 out of 5

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    The traps are quite a size, and to get them into the tunnels requires quite a bit of digging. The diagrams that ship suggest they lay almost flat once inserted, perhaps my varmints dig deeper than theirs, but there’s no way I can insert them in any way so they look like the pictures Cinch show. I gave up on them after a few attempts and have found more success (and required less digging up of my grass) with poisonous worms.

  32. 5 out of 5

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    I first tried the Victor No See-em and had no luck probably because the mole tunnels were too deep in my yard to set the trap without disturbing a fair amount of tunnel. After weeks of trying the Victor trap, poison worms and pellets (do not waste your time on the worms and pellets), I ordered the cinch trap and caught the mole within 24 hours. As an FYI, I frequently checked the trap during that period and had to reset it 3 times as the traps triggered but missed the prey. Very happy to get rid of the little bugger and feel competent to handle a future hunt. Highly recommend the cinch trap.

  33. 5 out of 5

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    I have tried a bunch of different methods to kill moles, and this is the first one that has worked reliably. It takes a little work to dig the hole, but once you do, you will be stacking moles like cord wood. A couple of things to watch, make sure the release springs are vertical and can move once you are the trap. If you have them laying flat, they can bound at the moment of truth. Also, these traps were a little big for the moles I am dealing with, so I had to clean out the holes quite a bit to get them in. I remember seeing medium on the box, but if they made a small, I would buy that. These traps are such that you don’t have to touch the moles, but remember, they are just a tool. It is the cold heart that kills.

    Update: I took the ones I purchased and trimmed the cinch claws about 1/4 inch, it is not much easier to get into the hole. By the small for western PA moles. I am now a merchant of death.

  34. 4 out of 5

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    You need to be patient with these. They require a lot of work–digging, checking, adjusting, but they will catch moles.

  35. 2 out of 5

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    I have had these traps most of the summer but have only caught one mole. My original spring trap is more sensitive but unlike the cinch trap, you can’t always tell if killed the mole or not. I find the cinch trap easier to set as well. 5 months later. To update this review, I oiled the traps every month still, after less than 6 months I caught only 2 moles but both springs have rusted and broken. Not happy with this product at all. My spring trap has worked for 20 years without breaking. It has caught 5 moles in the same time period as I’ve had these cinch traps. Will not buy again.

  36. 5 out of 5

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    We used these traps to catch a pesky mole that was destroying our yard. We placed two traps in the same tunnel (freshly dug along the side of our driveway) facing opposite directions. We waited for about a week, then had a day of heavy rain. That evening the trap was tripped. The mole was dead. The sod was saved. It was a joyous day at our house!

  37. 5 out of 5

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    I have 5 acres of land and about 2 acres is lawn that the gophers just love!! I had a terrible problem getting rid of the pesky critters!! They eat the roots of everything in the yard. I hired a gopher exterminator who does this as a side job and he uses these traps all the time. I call him “the gopher terminator.” So far it has cost me almost 300 dollars for 3 weeks of work. But I must say that these traps do the job and am now thinking of doing it myself since I have watched him get rid of the gophers. I too have used the poison pellets etc. and even mixed with peanut butter. Also putting a hose down the gopher holes and turning water on full force but they just go to another tunnel and then come back during the night to repair the mound. I have learned a whole lot about gophers in the last couple of weeks. They actually are solitary mammals and the female kicks the male out when she is done with him (ha ha)and kicks the children out at a certain time to have their own homes so that means more gophers and tunnels under the ground. If you go into a website about gophers you will see all the tunnels that they dig. The tunnels are like tree branches fanning out different directions with a den and food chamber further below a tunnel deeper under ground. So far we have trapped about 7-8 gophers and blew out about 20 holes that the gophers were gassed. The most recent mound was yesterday and was trapped last night with this trap. The most problem with the gophers though is that if your neighbors have them also, like my neighbors, and they do not do anything about them, they will travel around and that means I pretty much will have a problem but I think I can deal with one at a time and just keep a watch out for the mounds and nip it in the bud with the trap. The more you learn about the way the gophers and moles live you will be better informed as to trapping them.

  38. 5 out of 5

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    This is by far the most succesful, easy to use trap on the market period! I’ve tried them all including pellets, powders, etc. This trap is effective on gophers (which is what I used it for) as well as moles.
    My lawn was being tormented by 3 or 4 (i estimated) of the little rascals over a period of about 6 months. They would lay low for a few days at a time and then go crazy for two weeks. This cycle continued for the entire time. Finally I stumbled across the Cinch trap and I rounded up the (now dead) little rascals in three days. In three days time I was able to catch all 4 gophers and haven’t seen a dirt mound since. I drive by homes and see gopher mounds and feel the urge to catch their gophers too!
    It really is a relief not only to be rid of the gophers but to know that If they return, I will be prepared.
    I highly, highly recommend this trap.

  39. 5 out of 5

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    Today is 8/29/13, I purchased this last week and received the product this evening at ~ 6 PM when I got home from work. I had my first gopher by 9 PM! INCREDIBLE!!! I haven’t written a review in a while because I haven’t been wow’d by a product I have purchased in a while. We had our grass (San Diego) “installed” 4 or 5 weeks ago, and within 2 weeks I started seeing filled-in holes (mounds) with grass eaten around the mounds by 5 or 6 inches all the way around. I tried the poison smoke bombs (fun, but worthless), poison (nothing), and frankly a heck of a lot of time just watching the area wanting to get out and torture the monster that was turning my yard into swiss cheese. I read about the other traps and decided on this one after reading that the gophers in CA were smaller than other areas of the US; so use a mole trap.
    I came home today to a new mound, used a screw driver to dig the hole back out (pretty easy) and pushed the pincers of the trap in the hole. I read in another review that this worked for them, and the instructions pretty much gave the same advice. As I set the trap, it was actually fairly difficult to get the pincers to open and set the trap (takes a little getting used to), and I am in decent shape. I shoved the pincers in the hole and honestly worried that I hadn’t dug the hole wide enough, etc, for the entire 3 hours it was out there. The fact that it is difficult to set, is really what ensures success in the tight little hole. The holes before me cleaning out, were maybe 1.5″ wide; I dug out wider to accommodate the pincers, but was still worried. thought maybe the little bugger was too small for the trap. The gopher ended up being 8 inches long, by 3 inches wide. it was much larger than expected and the trap worked perfectly. I would recommend this to anyone that has a gopher problem! Very pleased! The best $25 I have spent in a long time given the time and effort in this over the past few weeks.

  40. 4 out of 5

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    Thanks, now all I need is dumber gophers that don’t fill the hole before going threw the trap.

  41. 5 out of 5

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    I am a great mole hunter… or so my dogs think. All three of them worship me each time I pull a nasty little mole out of its lair and dangle it before their envious little canine snouts.

    I live in Washington State. We grow Hops, Apples, Grapes, and Moles — not necessarily in that order. I have tried at least half a dozen traps over the last 20 years. In addition to traps I have used water hoses, exhaust pipe fumes, gopher bombs, poison rubber worm baits, corn baits, castor oil, human hair in the hole, even electronic vibrators to scare them off. All of it was worthless!

    Then I started watching YouTube videos and saw one guy using these. Why not try one more? They had destroyed most of my yard already and what they didn’t ruin, my dogs finished trying to dig the little devil-spawn up.

    I bought two sets. In one day I had one mole (I had only caught two others in 20 years). By the end of the week I had 5…

    It has been quite some time since I bought my first two pairs. Somehow I lost one and another got bent and doesn’t work. So recently bought a third pair.

    I’ve probably caught two dozen moles in the last three seasons. My dogs still dig, but they think it is a game now. They find the active runs for me and I just stick the traps in — though usually I find my own. When the trap is sprung (sometimes as long as a week after I set it) the dogs all whine and whimper when I pull out the “kill”. [Note: Have a bit of patience. Sometimes it is quick, sometimes it takes a little while for them to come back the same way. And occasionally they spring it but avoid getting caught]

    Thanks, Cinch. Your trap ROCKS.

  42. 5 out of 5

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    I tried everything for the moles in my lawn, and the Cinch traps were the absolute best. Over the past summer I cinched 6 moles, eradicating my lawn of these vermin.

    Before the cinch trap, I tried the Victor Out O’Sight, and was only able to get one mole, after trying for two month. The Victor requires such an invasive hole, most of the moles just dug around it. I also used poison worms, just terrible, and the Sweeney’s 9015 Deadset Precision Mole Trap, which went off many many times but never killed anything. By far, the Cinch traps were the best. However, as one reviewer pointed out, the version sold on Amazon is their Medium model, which is very big. If you order the small version, it should fit in every tunnel. The key to the Cinch trap is that it is designed to rest inside a tunnel, so the mole reaches the trap before their tunnel is every touched.

  43. 5 out of 5

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    I saw these traps on Amazon because of being a prime member. I went to there site to learn more about these traps and noticed they offer free shipping as well. Love free!! I bought from the site. Received the traps in 2 days, which I did not expect, and caught my mole the next day. Free Shipping + highly effective= Exceptional product.

  44. 5 out of 5

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    I have been chasing after a mole that has been wreaking havoc on my yard for many months. I tried 4 different traps before finally finding this one. I had trapped a couple of moles several years ago using scissor and impaling type traps but I guess I was lucky or those moles weren’t very smart, because those traps didn’t work with this one. My yard is sodded, which means there is a nylon mesh a couple of inches deep in the soil that kept the sod together before it was rolled out. This keeps the mole further below the surface and makes it hard to find the tunnels. And the problem with all traps I’ve used besides this one is that you have to get the mole to come up near the surface or into a hole you dig and then push on a lever. Apparently my guy was pretty smart because he would come right up to the trap (I’d see fresh dirt piles next to it) but never go through.

    This trap by its design goes into the mole tunnel and ‘meets the mole halfway’. The mole feels safe cruising along its tunnel until it trips the trap and then it’s too late. The design looks funky, it is tricky to set until you get used to it and you do need to dig down and fully expose the entrance and exit tunnels to get the traps in. But within 48 hours of setting these I had finally caught the mole that had been out-smarting me for half a year. And you know when you’ve caught them- they come up when you pull out the trap. Carry it to the compost pile or back 40, open the trap from the other end and drop the mole. Don’t have to touch it.

    There are several videos on YouTube that show how these work. Apparently the forest service uses these for maintaining park properties. I can understand why. They work.

  45. 3 out of 5

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    After all the rave reviews, I thought I’d finally found the answer to my awful pocket gopher problem. I live in CA so bought the two, medium size traps. But gopherzilla in my backyard is trap smart and has just pushed dirt in the traps to set them off, not even trying for the carrot I put as bait right behind the trigger (and even setting the pins so it would only take a small tap to set it off!). Covered the large holes I had to dig to insert the traps and everything. Just catching more dirt all the time. I think this thing now knows if he feels air, that we’ve set traps, so he isn’t tempted by any food, chewing gum, or poison pellets and just packs the dirt in. And I mean he really packs it in – like cement. The only thing that has seemed to work is trying to flood him out, but then you are playing whack-a-mole and you have a 20% chance of hitting him before he pops back inside. He’s ruining my backyard and garden with holes/tunnels that run at an angle downwards for sometimes 2 feet or more. Lost a huge truck-sized screwdriver down one that must have been 4 or 6 feet down. Never did recover it. Starting to feel like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack. I just want to blow up my yard and see how the little %#@ likes that!! Sigh. Disappointed so far with these but will keep trying… hoping these rodents will slip up and make a mistake…..whole neighborhood overrun last year with these things when they started digging two blocks away at an old Rockwell site. So I know if I could just get the hang of tricking these gophers, I could make some money catching everyone else’s!

  46. 5 out of 5

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    I have been dealing with moles for many years now and spent endless amounts of money on products that do not work. Finally!!! A product that is easy to set, not time consuming and very effective.

  47. 3 out of 5

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    I live on the east coast and moles are everywhere. Satisfied. Took a couple tries but the mole is gone.

  48. 5 out of 5

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    Traps work great!! No more mole.

  49. 5 out of 5

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    The neighbors call me the mole assassin. I take care of all the mole problems in the area. I could of never been named this without the help of these traps. With the 15 neighbors in the area. I have caught 36 moles in 2 months. Great product!!!

  50. 5 out of 5

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    Update on 4-28-2014
    Saw fresh mounds just one day after taking out 1 gopher. This mound led to their nest which was filled with grass almost completely encompassing the nest. Dug hole, placed trap laying camouflage with grass and another plant leaf, and plugged hole but left opening about the size of a penny near the upper end of the opening. No activity was observed until the next morning. Gopher plugged the entire area so my trap was buried. Although the trap was set, I had no gopher. I noticed my placement of the trap and camouflage rendered the trigger piece too stiff so this is probably my fault. While I was pulling my trap out, the gopher popped his head up in another nearby opening. So I dug up that opening, place the trap but this time using only grass as camouflage, and making absolutely sure the trigger piece was loose for better trigger sensitivity. Poked a hole the size of a penny then stepped away. An hour later, the trap was triggered and I have my gopher. Stick to grass as camouflage and make sure your trap will trigger easily in addition to proper placement.

    Two hours after catching a gopher in the morning, another appeared via a new opening and it would quickly become a third casualty. I have the routine down taking about 20 minutes to dig and setup the trap with grass, small opening, and proper triggering and placement. Hour later, victory!

    4-26-2014
    Tried Sweeney’s from Home Depot with great disappointment. 0 for 2 and I quickly gave up on Sweeney’s as the design appeared to be inferior. After watching YouTube videos and looking through other designs from other traps, I felt compelled that Cinch traps would do a better job. However, for those newbies like me, it’s not as simple as just setting the trap and coming back with your gopher caught!

    Attempt #1, I placed the trap vertically down on a fresh new opening and even used some peanut butter as bait for the first time. The trap was tripped within 30 minutes but NO GOPHER which was then plugged by the critter. It appeared that peanut butter got his attention quickly the first time around.

    Attempt #2, placed trap with new opening but this time I dug enough dirt so that I can place the trap level down to the opening. I place some peanut butter and used some grass to nearly cover up the opening. Left for about a day and still no gopher. It appears the gopher associated the peanut butter with the trap and came nowhere near the opening. I removed the peanut butter and trap but left the opening nearly intact. About an hour later, the opening was plugged up.

    Attempt #3, saw another new opening and dug up enough dirt to set the trap down. This time, I DID NOT use any peanut butter and place some grass to cover up the opening around 50% density. Two hours later, the trap was tripped but NO GOPHER. However, the trap did not fully trip and instead the main long metal landed on some sand. I sense my strategy is improving and the gopher lucked out. I plugged the opening this time.

    Attempt #4, new opening appeared and I dug up enough dirt and this time with enough clearance so if the trap trips, it can fully extend. Placed fresh grass into the hole and scattered the grass over the tip of the trap and also the trigger piece near the tip as camouflage. This time, I plugged the opening with dirt and then made a small opening near the top to allow sunlight and air to get in. It appears that an opening does tip off the gophers to come back to investigate. With the fresh grass as camouflage and dirt to take the gopher’s attention away from the trap, this should score me a win. Within an hour, VICTORY at last with my first catch! Some interesting things to note was that the gopher either ate the grass or pull it away to clear the dirt. I could tell because the metal piece that would trip the trap was pulled inwards. I quickly moved the metal piece to the edge to make the trap more sensitive to movement. The fresh grass just on top of the trap was food for the gopher and I could tell once I pulled him out, most of the grass was gone. At all times, I wore gloves so my scent does not deter him. Proper technique appears to be crucial to catching the gophers. Use of bait appears to scare them away. However, previous failed attempts did not. Use of fresh grass as camouflage and plugging of the opening with dirt allowing a small opening for sunlight and air appears to work well.

  51. 1 out of 5

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    I bought these traps after using a different type trap that shoots down with sharp prongs. I have caught nothing with the Cinch traps but 5 with the other type. You would think that the Cinch would work well around the sides of the house or side walk but I have had no luck. I can see where the dirt has been pushed back up but the trap did not go off.
    I would not recommend the Cinch traps.

  52. 5 out of 5

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    We have a large yard and are bordered by a forest. Every spring the moles invade and for several weeks it is a daily battle to identify new intruders and get traps placed. These are the most effective mole trap I’ve found and I now own 8 of them.

    Recommendations concerning use:
    #1 watch the instructional video and follow the instructions carefully. You have to dig a hole large enough to get down to the mole’s tunnels.
    #2 take your time and “size” the tunnels to fit the jaws of the trap. Probe down the tunnel to see if there are corners or side tunnels that may give the mole the ability to get around the trap.
    #3 Don’t expect every trap to catch a mole every time. Last night I set all 8 of my traps in 4 holes (2 per hole) being worked by 2 different moles. This morning I had 3 traps buried/sprung without catching a mole, but also had captured both moles. You could say I was either 100% effective or only 2 out of 5. With 8 traps it doesn’t matter, if I put 4 traps in 2 different holes, I only need to be 25% to take care of the problem. These traps always take care of the problem…

    I’ve referred friends to these traps for their gopher problem and have heard consistent positive reviews in that application as well.

    My traps have been left out in the yard in the rain all winter for the last several years. There is some rust on parts, but they work great.

  53. 5 out of 5

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    We have a mole problem. A really, really bad mole problem. Essentially, every inch of our 2-acre lot is crisscrossed by mole tunnels. This has been going on for 15 years. I previously purchased the Victor Out O’Sight traps, the Victor plunger traps, and one other type of trap that I do not see on Amazon any longer – it was sort of a jawed trap with a circular trigger mechanism that hung precariously between the jaws. All of these traps averaged maybe one mole “removal” per season, and some years I went with no successes at all. I think I killed two at most over the course of the spring/summer/fall season in the jawed trap I mentioned last. With the Cinch trap, however, I have dispatched a total of four (four!) moles in as many weeks. It is finally looking like this problem might be tractable after all.

    I admit I feel a little creepy when I feel so excited when I check the traps in the morning and find I’ve had a success. However, these moles have destroyed a patio and brick walkway with their tunneling, and are a persistent destructive presence in our garden and ornamental beds.

    Anyway, I have a couple of tips that I think have made my run more successful this time, in addition to using the Cinch trap.

    First, I move the traps frequently, every couple of days, or at least once a week. By doing this, I think I (1) keep the moles on their toes because suddenly the trap that they expected is no longer there, only to appear elsewhere; and (2) I am finding the “highways” (as opposed to one-off branch tunnels that the moles may use only once) just by virtue of moving them to different tunnels so frequently. Chances are, one of these moves will be to a popular tunnel.

    Second, a tip on setting the trap: I carefully and gently excavate the tunnel and shimmy the business end of the trap *into* the tunnel, rotating it clockwise and counter-clockwise until the trigger is just inside the tunnel. Then, holding the pin, I make sure the trigger is able to move freely forward and backward and is not blocked by roots or soil (hold the pin while doing this and watch your fingers!). This ensures that the trigger will trip easily and without a lot of effort when the mole touches it. It takes some practice to get it to the point at which it is sensitive but not so sensitive that it will go off without any moles present, but patient positioning is worth it. I then sprinkle some dirt over the entire thing, just a loose covering to camouflage it somewhat, not compacted at all.

    Third: I have not had any success at all placing the traps next to concrete pads, the house foundation, etc. I had always heard this was the best place to place traps, but this has not been fruitful for me. There are many tunnels in these places, but for whatever reason they aren’t good for my traps. YMMV.

    Fourth, I have found I have better success in areas which we water frequently – the aforementioned garden and beds. I expect the moisture encourages grub and worm growth, giving the moles a reason to visit.

    Finally, and this may be the key to the success – I place two traps on a tunnel, facing opposite directions, and fairly close to one another. The traps are designed to be pretty much unidirectional. If a mole comes from the wrong direction, it won’t spring the trap while the mole is between the jaws. So by placing the traps with the triggers pointing outward, separated by maybe a foot, one trap or the other will spring regardless of the direction from which the mole is coming.

    Anyway, I realize all this makes me sound a little crazy, but if you’ve ever dealt with a real mole infestation, you *do* go a little crazy – it is very frustrating. Regardless, happy hunting and good luck!

  54. 5 out of 5

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    Simply the best and after trying every other method of mole removal excepting the Rodenator ( which I would have purchased had it not been for the fact that our property is littered with unmapped underground water electrical and gas lines – never mind the fact that when you ignite the mixture even remotely you have no idea where the tunnel system is or if it runs directly underneath where you are standing at that time )
    Simple to use, no need to backfill then dig up, difficult for the mole to clog up and jam, ability to readily see if trap has been sprung and by the time the mole starts to repair the gap in his tunnel, he is already in the trigger.

  55. 5 out of 5

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    A pair of this traps along with one of the other design mole traps, helped me eliminate my mole problem. The traps are very well made, and when set properly work every time. This was the most successful (hit/miss) trap I have used do far. Made in the USA, heavy duty, packaged well. The only thing is I wish the jaws were coated/painted/galvanized. Mine started to rust after the first use. BUT this will have zero impact on how the trap works. At this price, being made in the USA , and it’s effectiveness, this is a great trap! Would buy again if I ever need more.

    P.S. There are at least two sizes of this traps, make sure you are getting the size you need.

  56. 2 out of 5

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    Not able to capture the gopher, Piles of dirt was pushed and trigger the trap but nothing was caught.

  57. 5 out of 5

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    Easy to set, and I caught a mole the very first night I put these traps out. I am very satisfied, seems to work like a charm! I kept trying to use poison peanuts, worms, etc. and nothing would work so I decided to try these. I am so glad I did.

  58. 5 out of 5

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    These were easy to use and worked like a charm! We caught 3 gophers in 2 days! I love how they are reusable so you don’t have to spend tons.

  59. 3 out of 5

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    They work just fine, but I broke them when I dropped them on concrete after pulling them out of the ground. The springs snapped and now they are useless. I caught one mole.

  60. 1 out of 5

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    The moles are much smarter than the trapper and his equipment.

  61. 5 out of 5

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    Easy to use! Easy to set! But most of all got em! Left em in their final resting place to detour any new squatters! Best of all MADE IN USA!!!!!!!

  62. 5 out of 5

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    Fantastic traps. Have never missed in two years.

  63. 5 out of 5

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    I live on a couple of acres of gopher heaven. The whole property looks like swiss cheese. I try to get along with their holes and mounds and messes, but when I plant a garden or a new tree I have to stand up for my rights. This year has been HORRIBLE. Never before had they attacked my zucchini with such vigor. Never had they bothered my cucumbers or pumpkins either – just chopping the vines off and killing all the fruit that was just starting. Something had to be done. I don’t want to use poison as I have chickens and dogs along with abundant wildlife. I have tried another type of trap, but i couldn’t follow the directions well enough to make it work. But these things are wonderful and so easy. I live in California and I have read other reviews stating that I should buy the mole traps instead of the gopher size, as our gophers are not quite so large – I’m glad I listened. The traps just fit down the tunnels of my larger invaders. When they recently started in on my beautiful Armenian cucumber patch, I dug down to find the tunnel, stuck the business end of the set trap way down inside and waited. The next day I was rewarded with a sprung trap and a HUGE dead gopher. I have been going out each day to find the newest troubled spots and so far I have killed three of the critters. Oh Happy Day! I know I will never get ahead and win the fight – they were here first, but if I can protect the garden and smaller trees from their voracious appetites I can feel some peace and satisfaction. Great product and worth trying.

  64. 5 out of 5

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    Works! Husband uses it and has caught many moles.

  65. 5 out of 5

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    My family recently moved to a house right behind a field that is infested with gopher mounds (should have done better research before we bought…oops). Sooner or later these critters got into our back yard and made a huge mess. My husband, not a handyman at all, thought he could save a few dollars by catching these critters by himself. He bought two victor easy set traps from home depot and dug up our yard to find their tunnels as instructed by the manual. After making numerous hideous size potholes he would then set two traps at opposite ends of the tunnels. However every time he checked on them these smart gophers would always trigger the traps and then bury both of them at the same time. Persistent as he is he wouldn’t give up and dug up the traps and started it all over again. As weeks goes by and watching the poor guy go out every day without a catch I decided to do some research online and found that in Southern California we have pocket gophers. The best gopher trap sworn by commercial farms and professional pests controllers is the Cinch Mole Trap as the Cinch Gopher trap is for larger gophers in the East. After receiving this kit in 2 days it took a little bit to convince my husband to try this trap. It was definitely not easy to set up as it took a lot of strength to bend back the spring mechanism and to hold it down to set the trigger. At first I called him a wimp but realized it was no joke when he handed it to me and I (32yrs) could barely bend back the spring. I watched the trap set off a couple of times in his hands luckily he only received some minor cuts and bruises. After he got familiar with setting the sensitivity of the trigger I watched him place it in one of the fresh tunnels he dug up. He still insisted of using his other trap in the opposite tunnel. After literally 15-20 minutes he went to check on the traps and there and behold our very first little gopher! He was so proud that he took pictures of his first victory and posted it on Facebook. Of course without thanking his wife, now he is off to set traps in our front yard. We can vouch that this is a very effective product but be careful as it has a very powerful snap when it goes off which can easily injure you if you are not careful.

  66. 4 out of 5

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    These work well. Still need to mix it up with Macabee, box traps, etc., but these perform well.

  67. 5 out of 5

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    Solid Product! Great Design! gets the job done

  68. 5 out of 5

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    Catches them when my other traps fail.

  69. 5 out of 5

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    These traps really work, after years of no success with other traps I got my first mole first try

  70. 4 out of 5

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    Easy to set traps. Very powerful. Watch your fingers. Easy to remove dead animal without actually touching it. Selected the smaller traps for the ground squirrels. Fit right into the hole. Seemed expensive, but probably should have bought more. Only bought 2, but have almost a dozen holes. Critters seem to have learned to avoid tunnels with traps in it an use their secondary entrance.

  71. 5 out of 5

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    Totally worth it. Works for CA pocket gophers.

  72. 5 out of 5

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    Trap arrived in a timely manner. I cleaned them up to remove manufacture oil coating and put them to use. Wow these work great !!! The first day I had 2 moles. The next day a mole and a gopher.. I am very happy with this purchase and how well the traps work.

  73. 5 out of 5

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    I tried 3 types of traps over the past 4 months; these Cinch traps, Victor Out O’ Sight traps, and Sweeney’s Deadset (same as Victor Plunger).
    Cinch: moderate setup, confirmed kills, never have to touch dead mole. my favorite.
    Out O Sight: difficult setup, couldn’t figure out how trap is even sprung, no luck
    Deadset/Plunger: easiest setup, trap was sprung several times but no kills (I even dug up around trap)

    Advice on Cinch traps: keep metal contact points oiled or they will rust and trap will not spring. Also helps if you point the curved ends of the little rods straight up when setting trap so they don’t get stuck partially sprung (will make sense after you see trap)

    Also: juicy fruit did not work, I tried 36 pieces. Grub-ex definitely helped for a while but moles came back (from neighbor’s yard maybe).

  74. 5 out of 5

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    Works 75% of the time for me. But that may be because I don’t set them correctly. Great simple product that works.

  75. 5 out of 5

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    It was actually the gopher traps but they worked perfect!! I would recommend this product to anyone that is having a gopher issue.

  76. 4 out of 5

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    Product works good with a little bit more work than advertising infers. Caught my bad boy in about 24 hours. Supplier very slow to ship.

  77. 5 out of 5

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    It used to drive me crazy whenever I had moles destroying my yard. I tried everything on the market to catch and/or kill the moles to include poison, plungers, sonic spikes, etc…..all to no avail. I actually had a mole dig three mounds directly adjacent to a solar spike, so I really lost faith in those (Hmmm…do you think that mole was actually toying with me?). I purchased these cinch traps in 2012 based on the excellent reviews. I had no idea what I was doing, so I went straight to YouTube to watch a video, which I highly recommend to anyone who purchases these traps. I’ve had to use the traps 4 times since I purchased them in 2012 with 4 subsequent successes. The traps have never failed me. I look forward to moles daring to issue me a challenge….BRING IT ON!!!

  78. 2 out of 5

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    Waste of money for our might moles here in Woodland, WA. I have yet to trap one mole with these. Our moles either: (1) dig around the trigger jaws, (2) push dirt into the trigger to trigger it, or (3) stop using that part of the tunnel. Perhaps it works on stupider moles – but ours won’t fall for it. Even when adding bait there was no luck, or preventing scent deterrent – I finally gave up.

  79. 1 out of 5

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    I have an abundance of smart moles. They just laugh at this thing and dig around it. I may lack the proper skill to set it up right, but the instructions didn’t educate me beyond the obvious. I’ve been trying with this thing for months now, and have caught zero. To be fair, the other traps I have are not much better. Have also tried smoke bombs, chewing gum, flooding, random tunnel stabbing, and poison. The population of moles I have left are wise to all of it.

  80. 5 out of 5

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    Traps work fantastic! I have had them for roughly 2 weeks and caught 6 pocket gophers already. Find a fresh mound, use screwdriver to poke around to find the hole, dig the hole out and set the trap in there, come back in a few hours (sometimes overnight) and get your dead gopher.

  81. 5 out of 5

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    Great product!!! Love the Cinch Traps. Many moles have gone down due to this trap.

  82. 5 out of 5

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    Work well. Have used these for several years and caught many moles.

  83. 5 out of 5

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    I am new to mole traps but I am a fan of this product. The trap has been set off three times since I purchased the product in September, 2012 and there has been a mole each time. Great for tunnels and mounds. I have also had success with the Talpirid product as well but I use this product for active trails on flat terrain. I have had no success with the traps with spikes.

    You will need two Cinch traps in a tunnel or mound because it is very difficult to determine which way the mole is coming from. Depending on your mole activity, you may want to purchase several of these traps for best results. I have four now but just purchased two more to help resolve the problems that I have been experiencing.

    Read the setting directions carefully. It can be a little tricky at first. Also, two of the three moles that were trapped were a clean kill. One was a little messy.

  84. 4 out of 5

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    The trap is effective at catching moles, but finding where to put the traps is difficult. I can set the trap easy enough. Watch the youtube video as others have mentioned. There are two main problems. It requires a fairly large hole to place the trap level and in the ground where the mole holes are. When the moles are tearing up your yard the last thing you want to do is tear it up more. So that is a give some take some situation. The other main problem is that there isn’t this nice mole mound where you can put the two traps on either side as the video/instructions make it seem. I usually just dig into a new area of tunneling and place a trap both directions in the holes. It is a bit difficult sometimes to get the pincher part of the trap back into the mole tunnels. It does work. Out of the 5 times I set the traps I caught 2 moles. I have had several times where the hole collapsed around the trap and it obviously didn’t work then. I am not sure what caused it…the mole, some other critter, or just the soil collapsing.

  85. 1 out of 5

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    So many positive review I decide to buy it. First I hurt two times my fingers, but it is my fault. I can not understand manual, so it is my fault also even this thing created from beginning last century, manual still poor. I figure out myself how arm it. No any moles at all. The worst thing is as I see mole getting new tunnels around this device, like make bypass avoid the trap. But finally I am smarter than moles and designer this sophisticated device. I see at day time soil at tunnel get breathing at one spot. So, I took regular shovel and dig out completely alive mole, after 5 min. I dig out second mole. After that my front and backyard are clean. So it is mean two moles for couple weeks made huge mess.

  86. 3 out of 5

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    I gave this product initially a poor review after failing several times to catch a mole. However after watching some videos I was able to set the trap to successfully catch a mole.

    What I discovered is that if the mole encounters this “foreign” object in it’s path, it will tend to tunnel under it, thereby avoiding it. The trick is to place the trap positioned downward at a 30 to 45 degree angle; positioning the jaws by jiggling them so they partially bury into the floor of the tunnel. You may need to prop the flat trigger mechanism plate up with a pile of dirt.

    Now when the mole returns to the tunnel, it will not see the metal jaws on the floor of the tunnel, pass through them, then attempt to tunnel under the TRIGGER, setting off the trap.

    I had also read that moles will not return to a burrow where there is an already dead mole. Rather than discard the mole carcass, I released the body from the trap and tucked the dead mole back into the burrow, covering all remaining mounds with soil.

    Again this is not my favorite trap in that the trigger mechanism requires a large plate which means you have to dig out a substantial portion of the mole tunnel to successfully place the trap. Traps that are small enough to be slipped into the opened burrow without extensive surrounding digging would be my next choice. But after adopting the above described strategy, I did catch my mole.

  87. 4 out of 5

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    Order two pairs of these. Very effective the first few months. I quickly trapped six moles in the first three or four months (on a one acre property). *Much* more effective than the prior mechanical traps I’ve used in the past. I was thrilled with the early results.

    However, after the initial success, I’ve been stymied as of late. I haven’t trapped anything in the last 3 months with traps in the ground intermittently. Two apparent issues:
    1. Rust. I’m in a wetter climate. These things will rust. This wouldn’t be a big deal accept for the fact that it results in extra friction on the triggering mechanism (requires more force to trip). I started staking the back end so the units wouldn’t move but that didn’t help (see next).
    2. Spring fatigue. I’ve notice that, when set, the mouth of the trap where the mole enters has gotten narrower. Presumably the spring is losing its resiliency over time. Upshot is that I think the moles can no longer fit through the entrance of the trap. I see evidence of them trying to get through, but they can’t and go elsewhere.

    I’m giving this four stars since it has been the most effective trap (by far) that I’ve used to date. They just don’t last. Planning on ordering more since it’s still the best option that I’ve found.

  88. 5 out of 5

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    I’ll be honest, I know these will work well, however I stumbled on another mole killing method without having to dig big holes in my lawn and garden. Here it is: I discovered a rat that tunneled under my porch, and that will NEVER be tolerated. I bought some of those big spring loaded rat traps, baited with peanut butter and set in the garden where I last saw it. The next morning I had caught the rat in a have a heart trap, and he now sleeps with the fishes, but in the rat trap was a MOLE! Hooray! So, I treated the lawn to kill the grubs and stopped putting out bird food for a few days. Found an active mole hole and set the trap again with PB, covered it with a box with holes cut in the ends, mostly to keep birds (which I like) from hopping onto the trap. In the last three weeks or so, I’ve caught at least twenty moles which I believe make fine hors d’oeuvre for the local Red fox and possibly the resident Bob cat.
    In the spring I’m sure I’ll put these traps to good use as I will probably continue to be infested, but anyone coming to this page is obviously having mole problems, so I thought I would share my success story.
    Good luck!

  89. 5 out of 5

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    These traps are absolutely the cat’s meow !!

  90. 5 out of 5

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    Product performs as advertised. I’ve used many types of mole traps and this is the only one that solved my mole problem. When used as directed, the trap with not fail and you will successfully trap the pesky yard destroyer.

  91. 5 out of 5

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    Came in a timely manner and were a strong trap. Due to back problem and a lot of rain have not used them yet. Looking forward to using them. thanks

  92. 4 out of 5

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    These traps are well made and they do work. But, there is a learning curve… which is not surprising. Keep them clean and spray regularly with WD40. Keep the trip wire on the very edge of the key mechanism… and you will get Maybe 1/3 kills. Just be persistent and you will prevail.

  93. 5 out of 5

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    These traps are the bomb!!! Tried the “sonic” thing and another trap “Talpirid” no luck, no resolution of the gophers. Ordered these on a neighbor recommendation. Three sets, three gophers trapped in as many days.

    Would recommend watching the video first, get the tips and tricks and to see just how easy they are to set. These are easy to set, and easy to release the moles/gophers. I got by with the medium sized and just shifted it to the left side of the tunnel, worked well on one of the catches.

    I highly recommend!

  94. 4 out of 5

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    I used this to catch a Southern California gopher. This worked after sonic and chemical repellents, flooding with water, pleading and poisoned baits failed. While this really does work, success depends on a good strategy.

    I baited the trap with half of a brussel sprout by inserting the the sprout into the trigger mechanism. I then placed the trap into the gopher’s recent tunnel opening and set the trigger to respond to minimal force. Finally, I completely covered the insertion hole to prevent light from leaking into the poor gopher’s tunnel network.

    I believe that success depends on setting a hairline trigger, baiting the trap, and completely blocking light. If you allow light to leak in, the gopher will push dirt in front of it and trigger the trap before its head has reached the trap’s jaws. Perhaps that would work if you set the trigger to be fairly insensitive.

    Because I worry about injury to dogs, cats and kids, I give the Cinch 4 stars instead of 5. The back of the trap is above ground. While it’s not sharpened, it would still close with a sufficient amount of force to damage a curious dog’s nose. I would like to see these traps sold with some kind of plastic or wooden box-like cover that you could stake into the ground. I used a plastic bowel, but that could be removed by a curious animal.

  95. 4 out of 5

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    This is my second order of these, I think they are great for catching gophers, I caught every gopher I set a trap for with these not so much with other similar brands. As far as moles go I haven’t been as lucky, moles seem to be a bit harder to catch, might be me and the way I’m setting the traps but I am sold on these as far as gopher traps. I really like the way they go deeper into the tunnel compared to other traps. The spring is strong, a bit tricky to set but once you get the hang of it they are easy to set. I’d recommend buying these.

  96. 5 out of 5

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    works great got rid of the pest.

  97. 1 out of 5

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    Difficult to set, they rusted sitting out waiting for me to figure them out.

  98. 5 out of 5

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    I decided to give this a trap try, here is my story and summary

    I had been locked in an epic battle for the past 6 months trying to rid my empire of my nemisis “aka gopher”. I had been using the repellants to create a demilitarized zone or sphere of influence which I had hoped would protect my borders, But alas the truce was always short lived and my nemsis would always return, testing and probing my defenses, looking for my weaknesses. My sargent at arms “mutt” decided not to face the enemy. I was determine that this would be an internal issue and I would not call in the paid armies that my neighbors had used (unsuccessfully and at great expense).

    This was going to be a battle of grand proportions where only one would survive. My battle plan was implemented with this purchase and I placed this mechanized army in position to out manuever the enemy. On the twiight of the third evening my mechanized forces were successful. They located the enemy “aka gopher” and neutralized him.

    I am glad I bought this trap, it was a cinch. My foe was a noble advisary but I was determined. I will continue to watch for other known assoicates of “the gopher” or his agents.

    I should note that battle is not always easy, my captured foe was honored with a salute and a dip into a 5 gallon bucket of water. A tear was shed, and a smile was earned.

  99. 5 out of 5

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    We depend on our garden to eat. I’ve tried every trap, gas, poison, and repellent out there, and these Cinch traps are the only gopher control method that will actually decimate a gopher population over time. The “Mole” traps are actually the right size for our gopher tunnels. The “Gopher” size works better for ground squirrels. Note that there are dead knock-offs of these Cinch brand traps that work for awhile until the springs break.

  100. 4 out of 5

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    Haven’t caught a mole yet.

  101. 5 out of 5

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    The wife got this set and we set it up and caught the beggar the first night.
    I had my doubts to begin with
    I reset it and put it back in case the mole had guests.

  102. 5 out of 5

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    The best ever! I caught two pocket gophers in the first weekend. Now I have caught a total of 12 gophers over a years time and my yard is looking so much better. There have been a few times the gopher has worked its way over the tripping mechanism and filled up the hole with dirt but after resetting the traps I usually get it the next time. These really work!

  103. 5 out of 5

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    Top notch. Works every single time. Let me be clear, these are the only traps that work for moles. We tried everything before these.

  104. 4 out of 5

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    used a few times before I started catching moles. Put some peanut butter on them and that seemed to help.

  105. 4 out of 5

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    Work great but a little too bulk for me. I have to dig a lot to get the prongs in a good location to get the gopher. Have had good success though.

  106. 2 out of 5

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    I am from California and I did some reading online about cinch traps and noticed other people said to get the smallest trap for this area. I ordered the smallest size and still have not caught anything. I went back to researching and saw on there website that the first comment I found was not true and outdated. I needed to find the tunnel diameter to get the best size for this mole. I wish I would have known this sooner. I have resulted to other ways to remove the mole.

  107. 3 out of 5

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    The product looked as described, and arrived in excellent condition. However, the instructions for how to use it are not very clear, and we were not able to find out much more from an internet search for said product. Based on that, I would recommend you investigate other options for this purpose.

  108. 3 out of 5

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    Could not catch anything with them.

  109. 4 out of 5

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    Most amazing customer service I have ever experienced. I had never had a mole show up in my yard before. I had no idea what the trails and mounds were from. I found cinch traps online and gave them a call. The gentleman I talked to was very knowledgeable, kind and helped me find the right size trap for this destructive critter. He also gave me all the tips I could ever need to remove the mole. It took me a couple times to learn the strategy, but I finally got that mole. Only suggestion would be to powder coat these traps. Only used them a few times and they have a little rust on them. Otherwise, sweet product.

  110. 5 out of 5

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    What you will say aloud after purchasing these traps, “I am a master gopher slayer!!!” I literally caught five gophers in a matter of 30 minutes with only two traps, you do the math on that.

    The key to using these traps lies in when and how you set them. Try setting them in the evening before the active holes have been plugged up by the gopher. When placing the trap in the hole, make sure that the trigger can slide and actuate properly. Also, set the trigger mechanism so that it doesn’t have to travel far, essentially a hair-trigger.

    Good luck to all gopher slayers!

  111. 4 out of 5

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    Took a couple of tries to out smart the mole. Finally got him.

  112. 5 out of 5

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    GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!! Was having troubles with the trap placement and I called in to get some help. The person on the phone provided many tips for trapping the smart moles I have in my yard. I guess not smart enough. :) I have not seen a mole mound in over a month!!! Thank you for this world-class customer service!

  113. 5 out of 5

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    WORKS GOOD

  114. 5 out of 5

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    Took a couple times to figure out best setup, but my lawn (and neighbors) are back to normal. They get rusty in wet weather but I don’t care if the rodent gets tetanus as it dies…

  115. 4 out of 5

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    Great device. Caught my first mole within 2 hrs of placing the trap. Very pleased with it thus far. It seems simple and well-designed. The trigger mechanism is clever once you figure out how to set it safely. The only slight caution is that you need to have a bit of mechanical aptitude to set and manage it. If you’re not careful, you could whack your hand with it pretty badly. That’s the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars. So far, it seems to be highly effective!

  116. 5 out of 5

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    I purchased a set of two traps for southern California gophers. I use a large tablespoon to clean the soil out of the fresh gopher hole. If the gopher is very small, the trap will not fit easily into the hole and the hole must be enlarged slightly. Much less digging required than for other traps that I have used over the years. Best part is that you can easily see if the trap has been sprung.

  117. 5 out of 5

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    Ordered this kit and within 2 days I received it. Placed it into the mole tunnel and the next day mole gone. In 3 total days. Bought traps and removed mole. AMAZING!!!

  118. 5 out of 5

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    Eliminated the problem mole the first day! Device works as advertised!

  119. 5 out of 5

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    They really work.

  120. 4 out of 5

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    I bought these traps after reading all the other reviews and watching numerous videos. I have used the traps on about 8 different holes for the last 2 weeks, and found that these California varmits are very smart. They simply cover them up with dirt and go off and dig a new hole. Today I tried something new after laying awake night after night dreaming about how to kill these things. I stuffed some grass down in the open hole in front of the trap to hide it from their sight, then loaded some grass directly onto the trap itself and about 15 minutes later, SNAP!!!!!! I had me my first big fat dead gopher! I hope my luck continues with this, and I hope this hack helps someone else.
    Addendum: I have become arrogant in my success. I now know that gophers can play dead. Gopher #2, your days are numbered!

  121. 5 out of 5

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    They worked Great! I had the most stubborn Mole to catch and these did the trick.

  122. 5 out of 5

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    Perfect for my tiny moles. I have tried other traps and the problem I ran into was the other traps were too big for the hole. These traps fit perfectly.

  123. 5 out of 5

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    I got this because gophers were killing my trees by eating the roots. I got it and immediately put it in the ground. I had caught one within an hour, and reset the trap. The next morning I caught another one and my lawn has been pest free ever since. Best trap ever! Highly recommend!

  124. 5 out of 5

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    Works great!

  125. 5 out of 5

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    LOVE CINCH Traps!!! Nothing else has ever worked as good as these traps. What a great invention!!!

  126. 5 out of 5

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    These Cinch traps are amazing. Not only have I eradicated the moles and gophers from my own place, I’ve also passed the traps and techniques along to friends who have done the same. These really, REALLY work. 8 kills in 6 trap sets and NO MORE MOUNDS FOR THREE MONTHS. I found for the mole runs the smaller the trap are better, but I used the large traps for gophers very successfully. Advice to purchaser: Watch the videos to understand how to set the trap and how to place it in the mound/run.

  127. 5 out of 5

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    Great website!!! Amazing product!!!! Saw the mounds in my yard and did not know what was causing this or what I was going to do to stop these mounds from appearing. I found cinch traps on line. I read the reviews and researched the company. I bought the mole traps. Received them in a couple of days. Placed the traps and got my first mole that night. This morning I didn’t see any new mounds. Truly the best traps on the market. Thank you cinch traps for this great product.

  128. 5 out of 5

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    These are the only traps I’ve used that actually work

  129. 5 out of 5

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    Good trap.

  130. 2 out of 5

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    Very difficult to set if you have arthritis in your hands due to the strength of the spring. I am unable to set them.

  131. 2 out of 5

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    I must be doing something wrong. I have watched You Tube videos on how to set these correctly and I still haven’t trapped one yet. I must have set 20 traps. The moles seem to push dirt into the trap and spring it without getting caught.

  132. 5 out of 5

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    I have not tried my traps yet. Copied my neighbor’s and worked great – Got one BIG fella! I expect others to begin showing up so as they do every year.

  133. 5 out of 5

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    I don’t know why I waited so long to buy one. The gophers have been taking over my yard for years. These do work!

  134. 5 out of 5

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    Very good product very fast delivery.

  135. 5 out of 5

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    Oh.. yeah…! These traps work… and work well…! Very happy with this product.. I’ve eliminated many of our unwanted critters…! I’ve been using them for 2-3 years and Love them…! We use them in our yard here in east Texas, these gophers don’t stand a chance…! CINCH Traps are wonderful…! I tell everyone I can…

  136. 4 out of 5

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    These traps work!!! I did not give 5 stars because of all the digging I had to do to get rid of this mole. However, I finally caught the mole. Now rebuilding the yard.

  137. 5 out of 5

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    We have about 1 acre property and have fought moles and voles for years and years, never to win. That was… until… we found the Cinch traps! We have tried everything on the market but it wasn’t until we tried the Cinch traps that we became successful trappers. I swear by them to work! Easy to use, humane and my dogs don’t bother with them. I am so so thankful for these traps. Highly recommended!!!

  138. 5 out of 5

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    Will never buy another mole removal product again. These traps are the cats meow. Easy to set, Easy to place, No mess of the dead mole and my yard is back to the way it was.

  139. 5 out of 5

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    One year we tried 16 different “proven methods” for dealing with moles. Then I discovered Cinch traps. Since 2010 we’ve easily trapped 37 moles. I no longer have anxiety when seeing a mound. I have confidence I’ll have it trapped very shortly, sometimes within the hour.

  140. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve used various types of mole traps, but these Cinch traps have proven to be the most effective. If I get the traps in the ground within a day of a mole-mound showing up, I have a good chance of success within the next 24 to 36 hours. I remove a big enough “plug” of soil around the mound to expose at least two distinct mole tunnels, then insert a trap into each tunnel. I cover the hole with a board with a rock on top and check the traps the next day. If the traps have not been sprung, I will let them sit another day. If I haven’t had success within the two day period, I will typically pull the traps, bury the hole, and wait for a new mole mound to pop up to start the process again. The success rate is good if you place the the traps in a new and active tunnel.

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