If you have found mounds of soil on the garden or yard, then most likely you have moles living under the ground of the yard or garden. Moles can destroy a realization of your dream to have a perfect garden, thus to figure out how to get rid of moles in yard is of the essence.
Methods to Keep Moles Away
Even though moles can be good to aerate the soil and don’t eat the plants that are residing on the garden or yard, they may harm the growing plants’ root systems. While getting help from a professional by calling exterminator to help get rid of moles can cost a lot, there are some things that can be done on your own. Some of the methods that can keep moles away from the garden or yard are as follows.
One of the methods that can help to get rid of moles from the yard is by using bait. There are various types of baits, such as ones that look like worms and cones. The one that looks like a worm would attract moles more, while the one that comes in cones are poison peanuts. However, it is important to keep in mind to be careful with this method as it may be dangerous if there are some pets around the house.
Making barriers can be of help to prevent the moles from invading into the garden or yard. This method starts by digging a pit about two feet deep and six inches wide approximately and then lining it with wire or simply filling it in with rocks.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil can be some sort of mole repellent. Spreading castor oil based repellent all over the lawn as well as the tunnels can keep moles from the garden or yard effectively. To undergo this method, start by making a mixture of a cup of castor oil along with two tablespoon of dish soap into a gallon of water. Apply this mixture all over the garden or yard, and do this once every month and after rains.
4. Chocolate Lilies
Chocolate lilies have the power to resist moles from coming onto the yard or garden. However, keep in mind that planting chocolate lilies is a natural preventive way on keeping the yard mole free. Besides chocolate lilies, planting garlic is another alternative prevention.
Poisonous gases can help to eliminate moles from the garden or yard and some people have used this product type and succeeded with good results. The gasser that’s usually used to get rid of moles is Revenge Rodent Smoke Bombs. However, it is important to keep in mind to use this type of product by gassing the major nest of the moles; otherwise it may not work as effective.
Insecticides can be of help to keep moles away as it kills grub and insects which are the food sources of moles. Some of the insecticides that can be used to treat the lawn surface are Imidacloprid.5G or Merit Granules. Apply the insecticides during the spring for a better and long lasting application. However, using this insecticides method may cause temporary surface damage for about two to four weeks. This is because when the moles’ sources of food are eliminated, they would tend to aggressively dig more tunnels in search for those insects and grub.
7. Mole Repellents
Aside from castor oil which can work as repellent, there are some effective repellents which can be purchased from stores. There are two types of mole repellents, granulated repellents and liquid repellents:
- Granulated repellents
- Mole Scram Professional (top recommendation)
- Liquid repellents
- Shotgun Repels All
- Sweeney’s Mole and Gopher Repellent (top recommendation)
8. Talpirid Mole Trap
Talpirid mole trap is a dual-spring trap that can give a result as quick as 24 to 48 hours after it is applied. However, before placing a mole trap, make sure that the active runways have been located. Apply the trap jaws in the active runway then set the trigger below the surface by stepping on the trap’s yellow foot pedal. The yellow pedal then springs up when there’s a mole that confronts the trigger underground. To release the captured mole, simply remove the trap from the ground and press the pedal with hand. Talpirid mole trap can be used on other tunnels over and over again easily and safely.
9. Ultrasonic Devices
Ultrasonic devices such as Sonic Mole Chaser can help to keep the garden free from moles. This device creates sonic pulse that penetrates underground. The moles would avoid invading through the underground of your land as the noise irritates and drives the moles crazy.
10. Victor Mole Trap
Different from the Talpirid mole trap that’s dual-spring, Victor Out O Sight mole trap is of a scissor type. Victor mole trap costs less than the Talpirid mole trap, however it is rather difficult to be set. To apply, carefully thrust a hole on the subsurface runways without crushing it using a narrow rod or a small wooden dowel. The Victor Out O Sight mole trap should give out a result in 72 hours. Keep in mind, any type of mole traps would work effectively during the spring and the fall.
Tips on Identifying Main Runways
Some of the methods that can help to get rid of moles from the garden or yard required to be placed on the active or main runways. There are some indications that can show which tunnels are the main runways, so look out for these runways:
- Appear to connect two runways or two mounds systems
- Follow a straight course for some distance
- Follow concrete paths, fence rows or other man-made borders
- Follow woody perimeter
- Nest usually spotted along protected areas such as hedgerows or fence rows
These are all the things you need to know regarding how to get rid of moles in yard. In addition, there are few natural predators which are moles’ biggest threat such as fox, owls, and snakes. Just to keep in mind in case you decided to throw on some of these predators on your yard to keep moles away from it.