One day last week, I walked out onto my deck to admire the view of my lawn that I had mowed the night before. As I looked up to scan the horizon of my yard, I noticed two mounds of fresh earth located in the center of my yard. I quickly went out to see what had caused so much destruction to my beautiful landscape. I knew all the well what to expect. Not only were there mounds, there were tracks entering and exiting from the sides of the mounds.
The common mole is about 8 inches in length and they have a long tapered snout. They have an absence of ears. Their feet have claws that point outward away from their body. They also have a keen sense of touch with their snout and tail. They have small eyes that are very sensitive to light.
Moles are voracious eaters consuming after of their weight in one day. Their diet consists of earthworms, grubs, roots, and insects. In some ways, moles are good for the Eco balance of nature. The problem with moles is that they destroy our yards, plants, lawns, and landscape appearance. They can make a nice looking yard look like a major construction company had set up shop there.
Moles have no conscience. They go where the best food or any food is located. You can have the best looking yard or the ugliest. To a mole it doesn’t matter, food is food.
So how does one go about getting rid of moles. There are several ways that we will cover in this article.
One way is to use a mole repeller. These don’t cause a mess and are humane and environmental friendly. Moles have an acute sense to noise and vibration. The repeller sends out a type of signal to keep them away.
The same can be said for the wind blown yard sunflowers. The vibrations from the wind blown flower also makes a sound that can drive moles away. The thing is that with these, you some time need lots of them to have an affect on your mole population.
Another method is poison or poison pellets. These are placed in the tunnel and just left for the mole to eat and then die. Usually the mole stays underground. the thing that is bad about poison is that house pets and animals like squirrels and rabbits can get to them, too. Be sure to use rubber gloves that can be thrown away when using poison of any type.
Some people use water. They place the water house into a burrow or tunnel and then try to flood out or drive out the moles. I have used this method myself. However, once the mole comes out you have to kill them. Moles can dig quickly and are use to handling water in their tunnels.
My brother used carbon monoxide. He simply took a hose, wrapped it with aluminum foil around his car exhaust, and started his car engine. Like any living creature, they need air to survive.The carbon monoxide killed the moles. Anytime you use carbon monoxide in the wrong way you are asking for problems.
Another individual that I know puts charcoal bricks into a tunnel. He gets them good and white and then adds wood chips are more charcoal. Then he covers up the hole entrance. He claims that the smoke drives the moles out,too as does the heat.
My grandmother would use jelly beans. She would place about a dozen of them in a glass of water and get them sticky. She then would drop them at various locations in the moles tunnel and leave them there. She claimed that the moles would not be able to chew and digest them properly and they would die from them. Jelly beans aren’t for a typical mole diet.
Then there is the hunting approach. The Backyard Rambo. Some people even use dogs to dig them up and kill them. A hunter will set traps throughout his Yard. He will make a spear or use a frog gig to hunt and kill the mole. They stalk them in the early morning or evening hours.
A more scientific way is to have your yard sprayed by lawn and garden professionals. They kill the grubs, worms, and insects. Since the moles have no food chain, they move on. The problem is that the plants there still have tasty roots for moles to feed on.
I am sure that there are many of other ideas out there. Some approaches work better than others. However, the next year the moles are usually back. There is no guaranteed way of keeping moles away forever. It is an ongoing battle between the mole and the gardener.