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How to Get Rid Of Moles

Imagine you are walking across your beautiful garden, where beds of roses surround your childhood tree, when you see this raised trail crisscrossing paths between the beds of roses and other flowers. You keep walking and suddenly find your foot inches deep in soil. You might not want to hear this, but you have moles. The only positive thing about this situation is that all those pesky worms destroying your plants, are being eaten by these moles. However, these trails will also destroy your plants because it will give more room to other worms to come to the surface. Killing moles is not a good idea and therefore, you should always attempt to trap them.

Here’s a little history on moles and how to identify them:

About Moles

Contrary to popular belief, moles DO NOT eat plants. They are strictly on an insect diet. You can identify a mole with its tiny eyes that are nearly invisible, pointy muzzle and a body that looks like an Idaho potato. Moles are most active in spring and fall, and usually do most of the digging in the evening or early morning. They are seven inches long and are able to dig holes ten inches deep with their long clippers. Their presence is large in number and is usually due to an increase in soil pests. The problem with moles is that not only do they destroy the appearance of the garden; they also leave the crops vulnerable to insects. This is why it is necessary to get rid of them and immediately.

Traditional and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Moles

A traditional way that was used by Ancient Romans was to bury earthenware pots. People would dig deeps holes and place earthenware pots in it filled with water. The pot was then covered with leaves to trick the moles, so that they could be lured out of their holes. When the moles stepped on the earthenware opening, they would fall into the pot and drown. Nowadays, this might be considered a cruel way to get rid of moles. There’s another way that people in today’s world have adapted from this technique to capture them instead.

Waterless Trap

Trapping a mole is just like that “whack-a-mole” game where you try and try, but cannot hit a single mole. These creatures can run really fast and once they sense danger, they don’t come out of their holes for a long time.

Use the same technique explained above, but instead of filling the pot with water, let it sit empty. You can place a few worms inside to see if that attracts them.

Castor Oil Mole Bait

A safe way to get rid of moles is to stop their food supply. When they won’t find any worms or insects in the ground, they will dig themselves a hole to somewhere else or vacate the place. As soon as you see some decline in activity, fill the holes with soil again. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Blend 2 tablespoons liquid detergent, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper and ¼ cup castor oil

  • Add 6 tablespoons of water and blend again

When you see a fresh mound, add two tablespoons of this mixture to one gallon of water and pour it down the hole and all mounds you can spot in your garden. This mixture will contaminate all the insects present in the soil. The mixture changes the taste of the insects and the moles will struggle for a new food source. Eventually they will leave your garden.

Dish Soap

Instead of watering the soil with just water, why not try something different. Add 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 6 ounces of castor oil to 1 gallon of water. To apply this mixture to the soil, mix 1 ounce of this solution with 1 gallon of water and pour it on the soil. The smell of castor oil will keep the moles away from your garden. Reapply this after the soil goes dry and after a rain.

Pest Control

By removing their food source through pest control chemicals, you can do both: Keep your garden in top condition and prevent the moles from digging holes in it. Again, moles are on your property because there are insects they can readily feast on. Get rid of the bug problem, you get rid of the moles food source so they will go elsewhere. One way you can successfully pull this off is by using insecticide granules such as Bifen LP. Scatter these on your lawn with a granule spreader and then use Cynonara concentrate on top to effectively control your lawn insect problem so the moles can be discouraged from sticking around.

Homemade Shovel Trap

Creating a homemade shovel trap can be quite tricky because in order to catch these moles, you need to be fast. As mentioned earlier, moles usually come out in the morning, which gives you the advantage of spotting them easily. Here’s what you need to do:

As soon as you spot a mole, run to the middle of the trail and insert a shovel. After a few seconds, insert a second shovel on the other side. Trapped and panicked, the mole will try to dig up and you can catch it by keeping a bucket above the hole. This might take a few tries because you never know whether the mole will dig up or dig in another route.

How to Prevent Moles Infestation

Planting Vegetative Barriers

Plants such as alliums, marigolds, fritillarias, daffodils and especially castor beans and mole plants are known to be disliked by moles. The smell and nectar of the plants keeps the moles at bay. As explained earlier, since castor oil is a great mole repellant, you can save yourself the hassle of pouring gallons of water down the hole by planting a mole pant instead.

These environment-friendly options will allow you to safely remove the moles. Once caught, you can dump them in an open ground or bring them to your nearest pest control service. So, get started by planting some mole plants and proceed from there.

Arm Yourself With Professional DIY Products for Mole Control

Aside from the above remedies, you can always resort to a sure thing, professional mole control products which have been proven to capture and eliminate moles by pros. Going this route can be much cheaper and less time-consuming than other methods of trying to get rid of moles from your home.

Solutions Pest & Lawn has a variety of mole traps (such as Talpirid Mole Trap,Answer Mechanical Mole Trap), repellents (like Mole Scram) and baits (Talpirid Mole Bait, Victor Mole Worms) to choose from, lethal and non-lethal. The choice is yours as to how you want to approach mole control. Either way the end result is no more moles destroying your lawn . Follow the products according to the label instructions or you can get step-by-step expert DIY advice from us and you will have your mole problem solved in no time.


As troublesome as it may be to have to deal with a mole on your property, nothing beats the accomplishment of getting rid of the critter yourself with the help of the techniques and products we mentioned above. If you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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