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How to Get Rid of Moles

Moles in the yard can become a great nuisance, one that must be removed. Before we go about discussing their removal, let us find out a bit about them. 

What are Moles?

These are carnivores that dwell underground and prefer eating insects instead of garden plants. Yet, they are infamous for aggressively making underground tunnels that not just ruin your lawns and gardens but also pave way for other rodents, giving them easy access to your precious plants. In case your garden is under invasion from moles or other pests of a similar nature, then this is surely a sign of trouble.

Moles are most commonly found in a place where the soil is rich in organic matter. They are usually present in large numbers. This could be because of the high population of pests dwelling in the soil as well.

Identifying the presence of moles in your Garden

When it comes to the presence of moles in the yard, many people fail to identify them. They are extremely small mammals with tiny pointed muzzles, small eyes, and a body resembling Idaho potatoes in shape. They have characteristic movements, making them look as if they are swimming along underground with their front flippers that are rather wide and help them in parting the soil. They prefer to dwell in loamy, moist soil. They show maximum activity in the early hours of the morning and evening in spring and fall. They sometimes also come out of their dwellings after a warm rain.

The distinguishing characteristic of a mole is their hairless but pointed snout. They are made more distinct because of the fur that covers and conceals their ear canals and eyes. They lack external ears. They have broad and rather large forefeet and their toes are webbed. Their hind feet, however, are narrower and their claws are slender. They are 7 inches long and are 4 pounds heavy.

Moles cause a lot of damage to the garden. They feed on grubs, insect pests, and soil organisms. These organisms include the beneficial earthworms as well, which can cause negative effects to the soil environment. Moreover, unlike the vegetarian voles that are shallow diggers, moles dig deeper. The make tunnels that are around 10 inches deep. The only time they do not dig deep is when they are looking at the surface for mates.

If you want to check if your garden is under attack by them, you need to check for their tunnels. These tunnels resemble volcanoes in appearance and are usually in the form of raised swellings. Ridges or surface tunnels are also indicator of mole activity.

Prevention and Control — Getting rid of Moles

If your yard is indeed infested by moles, then here are some useful ways to get rid of them:

  • Sprinkle tobacco, dried blood, or any repellent on the ground for the effective removal of moles. Also, reapply in case of rain.

  • Moles are carnivores and love to dwell in lawns that are rich in insects and grubs. One way to repel them is to season their food with castor oil. This is bound to make them look elsewhere for their meals. You can make a concoction by adding 3 parts of castor oil to 1 part of dish detergent, then put 4 tablespoons of this mixture in around a gallon of water. Then soak their tunnels and entrances with it.

  • Another great way to deter rodents is to own a cat that loves walking through your flowerbeds.

  • Sprinkling powdered red pepper around the entrance of their tunnels is also a great way to get rid of them.

  • Dipping a corn ear in roofing tar and placing it inside one of their tunnels will block their escape since they hate the smell of tar.

  • You can prevent them from tunneling by spreading coffee grounds on the soil as well.

  • Another way to get rid of the moles is to make use of wind power. Set up vibrations in the ground to bother them to the point that they will leave the place.

  • If nothing else works and the mole problem persists, then trapping them is the best solution for your problem. In fact, sometimes, it is the only way to get rid of them. However, we recommend that you make a humane trap and release them around 5 miles away from your residence in a rural area that is far away from someone else’s lawn as well.  

Preventing

Here are some ways to prevent moles from ruining your beautiful lawns and gardens:

  • Check your gardens for the presence of bugs and grubs. If you find them, spray your garden with milky spore disease as moles feed on these insects and killing them would automatically decrease their population as well. You can use beneficial nematodes to get rid of the pests too.

  • If there is a specific plant that you think requires special protection from moles, you can dig a trench around the plant and put wire mesh around it. This will prevent the moles from reaching it.

  • You can also use bulbs to prevent moles from reaching your plants as well by making a cage around the plants with bulbs installed. This will keep the moles away as moles enjoy the dark.

Use Professional DIY Products To Get Rid of Moles

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. The choice is yours as to how you want to approach mole control but we recommend using more than one method to increase your chances of capturing or ridding a mole quicker. 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.

Direct any questions or concerns to our toll-free number at 800-479-6583, or via email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy to help you.

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