Get rid of moles like a pro
Information to know before getting rid of moles
Contrary to the popular belief, moles do not feed on plants. Moles are insectivores who feast on worms, grubs and other kinds of insects found underground. Their underground tunnels don’t always cause the plant damage, even if it looks otherwise. Generally, the damage is done by other rodents, such as field mice and voles, who use tunnels in order to attack plants from underground.
While moles help in controlling of pest insects, their underground activity may become a hazard – it is easy to twist an ankle falling across or stumbling into a tunnel. Additionally, they love to leave their highly unattractive “molehills” behind – a reason good enough to start getting rid of moles.
3 effective ways of how to get rid of moles in your yard
- Control their food supply
As it was discussed above, moles love to feed on lawn grubs (Japanese beetle larvae). So, to be able to get rid of moles, you should seriously consider getting rid of Japanese beetles located on your property (of course, it is another different story). However, if you have a serious issue with lawn grubs, it may be an excellent plan to let moles take care of it.
Tip: Overwatering of your lawn will result in worms (moles love the taste of worms) approach closer the surface resulting in mole tunnels to appear more visible as they dig them in their search for worms and grubs.
- Make good use of natural repellents
Have you heard of Castor oil? It is known to be an effective repellent. To make it work, you should water the area of application thoroughly beforehand. Then spray the area with Castor oil like you mean it, and only after you have thoroughly filled the area with it, you need to drench the area with water again in order for the Castor oil to sink deeper into the soil. It will remain there until rain or water causes it to diffuse.
Tip: Could you even imagine that you may use human hair as a repellent? By placing some hair clippings down their active tunnels and molehills, you will force them to retreat – moles can’t stand the human scent and they don’t like the way hair feels.
- Mole traps
So far, trapping has been the most effective method against the mole problem. But, you must use traps designed specifically for mole extermination – gopher traps won’t work here. Two of the most effective traps should be used depending on where moles are actively operating. For example, a scissor trap is best used in deep (or subsurface) mole runs. A harpoon trap is perfect for tunnels which are near the surface. Pick a run that moles use regularly – most of the time it is a run positioned in a straight line, contrary to the squiggly runs which are generally used for collecting food.
Tip: Many homeowners complain of traps not being effective. In this case it is important to remember that moles that sense human scent, especially sweat, will retreat in their burrow and proceed through another tunnel. So, handling such traps with bare hands will result in complete failure – use gloves when placing traps.