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7 Effective Ways To Getting Rid Of Moles In The Yard

It is the dream of every housewife to have a nice looking garden with an emerald green lawn. Most often, they toil for achieving this dream and realize it by creating beautiful lawns. It is quite possible for such housewives to witness the beauty of their lawns being disturbed by moles that leave mounds of dust excavated from lower layers of the gardens strewn all over. Quite naturally, they will look for ways to eliminate these little diggers.

There are more reasons than having to manage with mounds for one to try and eliminate these creatures. Since the tunnels created by these unwelcome guests of your garden are close to the surface, a visitor of yours unsuspectingly walk in your beautiful lawn could get her ankle sprained if she steps on top of one. Treatment for such an accident could cost a lot. Also, these tunnels provide paths for parasites to reach the roots of your plants.

Here’re some more reasons as why you need to get rid of moles

The following are seven successful ways to eliminate them.

1.  Catch them and release them in a safe area: This is the best way to get rid of moles if you want to do it in a humane way. The methodology is simple. The first thing to do is to locate an area where moles dig. After finding a tunnel, you need to dig a pit that is able to hold an empty can. Leave the can with its open end at the level of the tunnel. Cover the can with an empty shoe box or something of the sort to make it dark. Inspect this simple trap from time to time. You could pick up the moles trapped and release them in a safe distance away.

Catch them and release them in a safe area

 

2.  Use a Commercially available trap: When you go to the pest control product store you could buy a trap which usually is spring loaded. These traps kill the vermin when it attempts to feed on the bait. 

Mole Trap

 

3.  Use repellents: Those who want to know how to get rid of a mole without harming it could formulate repellents for moles and spray them in lawns inhabited by them. The mixture will have soap, cayenne pepper and castor oil. This mixture will cause irritation to moles when it comes in contact with their skins. Therefore, they will avoid coming to your garden.

moles repellents
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4.  Put a Barrier around your garden: Unlike catching or killing moles this is a more permanent solution if you use it the right way. The only thing to do is to dig a trench around 2 feet deep. The barrier could be a mesh that will not allow the little diggers to cross. You also could fill it with gravel or clay. Such a barrier has to be 8 to 12 inches in width.

wire mesh barrier

 

5.  Use of natural repellents: This is how to get rid of moles naturally. Planting garlic and chocolate lilies in your garden is a very effective natural way to control them as moles dislike these plants. They will go and find a place that is devoid of such plants when you do so.

chocolate lilies

 

6.  Using baits: Use of baits is for those who want to know how to kill moles. There are baits that are poisonous to moles which you could buy in the shop. Some of them look like worms while there are others such as poison peanuts which could be left on the trails where moles dig. When you use this method, you need to make sure that pets or kids will not be able to pick them up.

moles baits

 

7.  Use of vibrating devices: If you want to know how to get rid of ground moles without much effort, this method is for you.  Moles do not like to live in areas where they are disturbed. Therefore, you could repel them effectively by leaving a few wind propelled spinners along the paths they dig. Even you could use battery operated ones.

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Since you have seven ways to control moles that dig tunnels in your garden and disturb the appearance of your lawn, you could choose just one or two of them which are most suitable for your garden. When you use them in the proper way, you are sure to eliminate the nuisance caused by them. In case you choose methods that do not kill these little animals, you will also have the satisfaction that you have treated them humanely.

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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  2. I strongly disagree with getting rid of moles in your lawn. They are beneficial in that they cultivate the soil that gets compacted by the lawnmower.

  3. Article missed the number one fix that I used and the one that lasts about 5 years. Moles are tearing up your lawn because they have found a food source, namely beetle larvae. The larvae are feeding on your grass roots – and damaging your turf. The remedy? Milky spore. It’s a powdery mixture that contains a bacterium that attacks and kills the beetle larvae, and it is harmless to you, your dog and just about everything else. Do it!

  4. Thank you for the info you posted…. I will try some of them. I love my garden, but with this little creatures is impossible to have a decent green area.
    Also, I want to congratulate you for such a remarkable job your doing helping others by educating with little blocks such as this one. Keep doing the good job!!

    Araceli

  5. I have tried coffee grounds and am having success in keeping them away from my plants. It works because they dislike the smell & will go elsewhere to feed … another good thing with this method … they are good for your plants & they deter other pests as well. You will have to continue to put more out after awhile as the smell dissipates. You can possibly get free grounds from a coffee shop if you supply a bucket & pick up regularly. 🙂

  6. An old farmer told me that he buys those little flags you see all over marking things and puts them in places around his yard. The wind blows causing noise underground that the moles hate. He pulls them up when mowing and puts them back afterwards. He swears it works and he has been doing it for many years. I have moles in my yard lately and plan on trying this method if the rain will ever stop. If anyone has tried this and it works, let me know.

  7. I purchased a huge plastic bottle of cayenne powder from the wholesale grocery supply store. I then located the mole tunnels and strategically placed some in and covered the tunnel back. TOUCHDOWN!! No more moles in my yard and beds. My neighbor’s yard backs up to my backyard where the moles were active. He always asks me questions about what to do in his yard. I have drawn designs and landscaped 100’s of yards so he trust my expertise. Funny thing happened,,,,the moles ran over to his yard and he wanted to know if there was anything I would recommend. Ooops! 😉

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