CINCH Traps have been a favorite solution for professional trappers, ranchers, farmers, and homeowners for more than 100 years. Every CINCH Trap is manufactured in Oregon where they take product quality and service very seriously. The traps come in small, medium, and large sizes.
Find the fresh mound or trail. Use a spade shovel or tunneling tool to remove the top soil and the plug of dirt from the mole or gopher hole. Making sure the tunnel is exposed and debree free. Activate the trap and place the cinch arm in the tunnel system. Leave the tunnel open to draw the gopher or mole to the trap. When the trap goes off it will give a clear visual with the spring arm sticking up in the air. Then open the cinch arm up and slide the trap out of the tunnel, leaving the gopher or mole in the tunnel. Bury the gopher or mole up.
Yes, when used as directed.
Material / Construction
Metal wiring and galvanized steel plate.
This easy to use trap makes removal of gophers and moles a Cinch. With the studies done we can judge the distance from the trigger to the cinch end, so the rodent is in the trap when they go to push the dirt and plug the opening. This making the effectivness exact to getting rid of the gopher and mole.
Each individual packaged trap: contains a flag to go with the trap and a instructional brochure.
After you have set your Cinch traps leave the hole open, air movement is important. In the event you have concerns about the open hole, just put a bucket or a small piece of wood over the hole leaving room for air movement.
If you think your trap has the scent from a predator you should clean them with soap and water and lightly spray with CINCH Maintenance Spray. This process will eliminate any scent on the trap. Predator (mostly dogs and cats) scent will alert moles and gophers to danger and they will plug the trap.
Using flags to mark your set is a great idea, especially when setting several sets. Always remove all traps from the area when doing ground maintenance. Traps and tractors do not work well together.
CINCH Most Asked Trapping Questions:
Question- I received the mole traps, followed the directions, overnight the trap was sprung and I pulled the trap out it was empty. Thoughts?
Answer- Sometimes when you set the trap, if there is a bend in the tunnel the mole can get by and then can set the trap from the back and will back fill the hole with dirt. When you set the trap get a long dowel or stick and make sure the tunnel is straight, long and really cleared out. That way you know they won't be able to get around your trap. If they get around the trap they can push the dirt onto the plates which will set off the trap.
Question- Do I have moles or gophers?
Answer- There are several ways to identify what you have working in your yard. First, let’s look at the food source; moles eat bugs, grubs, and worms. Gophers on the other hand, eat vegetation, roots and grasses. Take a good look around your area to identify the food source. Second, let’s look at your above ground activity. Moles will have a perfect mound of soil; very seldom will you see any open holes. Moles will also leave a raised tunnel system just below the sod. Gophers will have a lower mounding of soil in a horse shoe shape; many times you may see an open hole in the center of the activity. Identifying you activity is important to achieve control. The Cinch mole and gopher traps are of different sizes and the proper trap is critical for your success.
Question- How do I know what size trap?
Answer- Find the tunnel, which means digging down past the mound and get to the tunnel that is parallel to the surface. That is the animals run or main tunnel. That is where you will be putting the trap. The jaws of the trap when set, should fit snug into the tunnel. It is better to get a slightly larger trap than your tunnel size than too small. Make sure the jaws are not resting at a bend in the tunnel, because then the animal can get around the trap as well.
Question- I set two traps one in each direction, and the animals covered them with dirt, and the trap wasn't sprung. What am I doing wrong?
Answer- The animal is getting around the trap, or the animal is using a different tunnel that leads to the same mound. You will need to dig around and find the alternative tunnel that the animal is using and set a trap in that tunnel as well.
While I'm sure they work fine, I am still struggling with the size of the hole that must be dug in order to allow the two traps to lie end to end to trap from both directions of the mole tunnel. I had to dig about a 14" x 14" square opening when I found the mound to be able to place the two traps next to each other. It leaves quite an open space when trying to cover back up and repair the grass, especially when it is in the middle of your lawn. I asked for smaller traps, but vendor said that I had the smallest. I wonder what the largest one looks like?
I've been trapping gophers for over 20 years using these cinch traps: they are the best! Tey allow easier placement into the tunnels than Macabee traps and other "tunnel"-type traps. Be aware with any trap placement one has to dig up the ground to find the lateral tunnels, so many times you disturb the surround are significantly. However, if you keep good watch for fresh holes, then it's often very easy to clean out the hole and insert the long arm of the trap into the hole with the cocked arm visible. If a gopher trips the trap, the arm flips to a different position and tells you a gopher tripped the trap. Purchase the small cinch trap for garden gophers.