If you really care about how your lawn looks, there is nothing worse than having your carefully manicured grass become pitted with mole holes. While they are more interested in grubs than vegetables, moles’ deep digging can also completely mess up your yard and garden.
Lucky for you, there are a few ways you can get rid of these pesky critters. In this article, we break down the best ways to mole-proof your yard.
1. Block their tunnels.
Keep an eye on your lawn and look for signs of a mole tunneling. Get in front of the mole, and jam a shovel blade into the ground in front of the rodent. Jam another shovel behind the mole, so that it is trapped.
Place a laundry basket between the two shovels so that the mole will tunnel upwards and can then be captured or killed. You can probably guess that this method takes time and a whole lot of patience, but it does work if you can put the hours in.
2. Use traps.
One of the best ways to deal with moles is by using a standard mousetrap. Bait the trap with some meat and place it at the opening of a mole tunnel. You can also place the trap on the ground, but cover it with a box that includes an entry way for the creature. The mole will think that this is a natural tunnel and be far more likely to get snared. Check the trap regularly to see how much success you are having with it.
If this method does not work, there are different types of mole traps available on the market. The best are weather-resistant and work well in the various types of ground. Some don’t even need bait. As with mousetraps, it is best to use set them up out of the sight of young children and curious pets.
3. Get out the poison.
There are many different kinds of poisons on the market that you can use against moles. They are available in liquid and gel form, and also in the form of things the creatures like to eat, such as earthworms. These poisons also have the potential to spread to other moles around the area if they share living spaces or food sources.
Like with the traps, make sure that your children and house pets stay clear, and don’t put the earthworm poison on the surface where birds might eat it.
4. Smoke them out.
Another widely available product, smoke bombs cause suffocating smoke to seep into mole tunnels. They vary in size and type, but also contain harmful chemicals. Also, if the moles do not die, they tend to return after a small amount of time, so this is usually not a permanent solution.
If the chemicals in the smoke don’t get them, the thick air probably will. Breathing is hard enough as it is down in those tunnels, so if their main oxygen source is taken away they’ll have no choice but to surface. Keep an eye on the holes after dropping in a smoke bomb to see if you can catch any running moles.
If you do decide to go this route, follow the directions on where to place and how to ignite these devices. Also try not to use this method near your home or other areas where people usually gather. The last thing you want is the fire department showing up because someone saw too much smoke.
5. Natural remedies.
If you wish to avoid chemicals, and possible harm to creatures other than the ones you are targeting, there are some other methods you can try. Mothballs placed at the openings of tunnels will make a mole less likely to hang around.
They also hate Castor Oil (but then again, who doesn’t?), so try spreading a quantity of Castor Oil pellets around these same spots. It also works well on other burrowing annoyances, such as gophers, voles and armadillos.
6. Natural predators.
Cats and dogs can prove to be an effective deterrent as they will happily prey on moles. Moles are also a common prey of owls, so setting up an owl box on your property will encourage one to take up residence.
If your pets don’t like hanging around outside for too long, you can also take hair that they’ve shed and place it into the holes. The scents of their predators can often be enough to scare away these moles.
7. Kitty litter.
One way to announce that there is a cat in the vicinity is to spread some soiled cat litter around. Try dumping a good quantity of used cat litter down into or around the opening of mole tunnels. This will create the impression of a cat being nearby and encourage them to flee.
If you don’t have a cat, mounds of dog poop will also serve the same function. If you do not have either of these animals, try asking a neighbor; they’ll probably be happy to be rid of these things!
8. Call in the professionals.
If you have no success with these methods or are uncomfortable doing it yourself, call in a professional extermination service. Moles are a common nuisance and these veterans will have a number of effective ways to deal with them. Depending on the service, you can probably specify whether you’d like them dealt with humanely or killed altogether. Take note that it might cost extra to have them relocated instead of killed.
Read reviews and check on prices before choosing which company to go with. This method will costs more, but allows you to stay completely out of the process.
Whichever method you choose, practice safety and read any instructions thoroughly. If you have any doubt about your ability to deal with this issue, utilize the services of a professional. Once you’ve gotten rid of those moles, the only thing left to do is restore your yard back to its natural beauty.