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How to Get Rid of Moles

When your house has a gorgeous garden and a lawn attached to it, there’s no denying the fact that it is your sole responsibility to take care of it and ensure that it is in its best condition throughout the year. Several people take up gardening as an activity, simply because they have more than enough of the space that professional gardening requires – fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and all sorts of flowers growing in the comfort of your own home – who wouldn’t want a life like that?

However, as with everything else in life, if you aren’t careful enough, something or the other is likely to ruin the kingdom that you worked so hard in creating – in this case, they’re most likely to be rodent-like insectivores such as moles. When moles decide to intrude and eventually destroy your garden, not only is it heartbreaking, it’s also extremely aggravating to find that they’re certainly not easy to get rid of. However, it’s not absolutely impossible either.

What Are Moles?

If you have a huge garden and notice big holes in the mud or sand, with the corners of these holes being at least 3 to 5 centimeters in height, it’s a surefire sign that there’s a mole living underground. Often times, mole holes come out of absolutely nowhere. This is often confusing for homeowners because as much as you’d like to see something positive about moles, they’re simply the worst enemy to your carefully fashioned garden.

A lot of people believe that moles are nocturnal creatures, meaning that they only come out at night, but this isn’t true. They’re just exceptionally sneaky creatures who just want to live and eventually destroy your bed of fresh flowers. They’re diggers by nature and can’t resist digging until they hear you stomping around trying to catch them – at which point, these clever creatures pause their digging.

Ways to Prevent Moles from Inhabiting Your Garden

Despite the havoc that moles tend to create not just in your garden but in your head as well, you need not worry because the following ways can help you get rid of these rodent-like annoying creatures for good. Here are some things that you can do to get rid of these insectivores:

Mole Traps

It’s the oldest page in the book – when you want a pest to disappear, you set a trap. Thus, it is also one of the most used techniques to get rid of moles. This is relatively easy to do as well because you can easily go to a supermarket nearby or to your local pesticide store and buy a readymade mole trap. On the wrapping of the trap itself, you’re sure to find instructions on how to use the trap. There are plenty of different mole traps available as well so you can pick the one according to the size of the mole – if you got the chance to see the mole with your own eyes.

Once you set the trap, just place it inside or near the mole hole. Upon catching the pest, take him away from your garden and set him out in the woods. There’s also the possibility that the mole might die because of the trap so it’s alright to just discard its body away from the garden.

Pesticides

Due to the fact that setting a trap is likely to kill the insectivore, a lot of people prefer using pesticides instead to get rid of the pesky moles that infest their gardens. Pesticides don’t necessarily kill the moles that have intruded into your garden, but they certainly will make the mole want to run as far away from the garden as possible. That way, you won’t have to deal with the guilt of killing a mammal, and your mole infestation problem will also be solved easily.

You can buy pesticides that are designed to get rid of moles specifically, but don’t rely entirely on these because you might have to use the spray in conjunction to other preventive methods.

Get a Cat – Or Use the Litter At Least

Moles are generally very scared of cats or dogs, because these two animals are the most likely to chase it out of the hole that it digs for itself. Thus, even a hint of a cat is highly likely to scare the mole to the point that it’ll change its choice of residence. If you don’t have a cat or a dog, just placing their droppings around the place is likely to work as well.

As weird as it may sound to you, this is certainly the easiest and most effective way of getting rid of moles that are actively taking over and destroying your garden. The smell intuition of moles is highly strong, so if you just place pet droppings around the mole hole at least for a week, they will run away.

Mole Infestation Prevention for Future Reference

Once you’ve managed to get rid of the pesky moles constantly trying to get in the way of you and your paradise-like garden, there are things that you should do in order to ensure that such things don’t happen to you in the future.

Build an Underground Fence

Yes, you read that right. If you are sure that moles and similar underground creatures will come back to haunt you, the first thing you should do is to build a fence that is at least 6 to 12 feet under the ground. That way, they won’t be able to intrude despite their best tries.

Being Vigilant Will Go a Long Way

Many homeowners don’t notice that there’s some pest intruding into their space until it’s too late and the damage is already done. However, if you just watch for the signs of these pests and make it a point to inspect your garden from time to time, you’ll be able to prevent an infestation easily.

 

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